After about a million and one roadblocks and finding the right people to talk with we are doing our first event with our food cart! We are excited to announce we will be in the Stroll Kaysville Event!
The whole process was taking longer than we had anticipated because we were trying to get the wrong type of permitting for our cart. After all the delay I decided to go to the Health Department and was able to talk to an employee that steered us in the right direction and helped us to get our permit that same day.
Of course we are extremely excited to start, but apprehensive of possible results and everything that goes into being successful at our first event! I have been running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to tie up any loose ends or things that we need to get done beforehand. I’m sure I will forget things, but hey that’s what happens when you are doing something new.
After getting emails saying we were accepted into the event I had to call the Health Department to advise them of our event, they require you to call before all of your events, and then I was able to mount the back panel and trailer plate.
I also have been working with Square POS to enter all of our menu items, work on pricing, and get direct deposit all squared away. (see what I did there?)
There are a lot of small details, if you know anyone or are interested in starting your own food cart send them my way and maybe I could help them figure some things out.
To switch gears from my previous posts, I want to talk about something my wife and I have been working on quietly.
We decided to start our own business called Taste of SudAmerica. We wanted to start small because I believe that in order to get going it’s best to have a small initial investment and to try to be cash flow positive as soon as possible. We bought a food cart and will be making churros with dulce de leche, empanadas and Chilean Completos (hot dog with avocado and tomatoes.
There have been many pre-requisites and things to plan/think about before we have started. The first thing I did was get a business license and chose a name. I also got a Federal Tax ID number. Then I took a lot of time to find a cart, you need to have a cart, trailer or truck, depending on what you get that can be expensive or inexpensive. Like I said before we went with a cart because it is a smaller initial investment.
Next you need to have someone to be a food safety manager. I took a class through Utah State University extension and then passed the test, I am still waiting for them to send the certificate.
Next we had to get the cart approved by the health department as well as our business plan, find a commercial kitchen and have the fire department make sure it would pass fire code.
After that we had to find a point of sale system and we decided that we would use square-card for our credit card transactions.
We also have been cooking and practicing our recipes so that we are able to make a consistent product.
We have also been working on getting all of the equipment we need for the cart and decorating it so that we have an apparent brand.
We’re starting small but we are excited to be something on our own and something different.