Vendor Spotlight: The Salt Box Cafe

The Salt Box Cafe - French's Point Recommended Vendor Spotlight - Coastal Maine Wedding Venue

“The SaltBox Cafe is Maine’s only Tiny House Food Truck serving gourmet breakfasts, lunches and beverages in Bethel and Portland!” ~The Salt Box Cafe

 

How long have you been operating your business?

Three years.

 

What inspired your passion for catering?

Working in local Portland restaurants during culinary school piqued my interests in working for myself in food service.

 

What gave you the idea to create a food truck?

While waiting for a breakfast brunch table to open at a local restaurant on a weekend, I decided to create a breakfast/brunch/lunch food truck for services on the Eastern Promenade in Portland so breakfast, brunch and lunch didn’t require a table for service. I wanted to create a no-wait/outdoors venue for people to gather and enjoy a meal without the confinements of a table or dining room.

 

How would you describe your fare and service style?

Simple. We focus on simple flavors and menu ideas, and do them well. Rather than attempt to create menu items which wow the customer, we chose to focus on what already sells on menus across the state- and refine the structure of the sandwhich and make it as flavorful as possible.

 

Please provide an example menu of your breakfast creations with pricing.

Our brunches start at $1600 as a base rate for up to 75 people. Over 85 is $20 per person, including tax and tip. French’s point is going to incur a $400 travel (from portland) fee which covers road expenses, fuel and labor travel time. for that price I offer a four option menu (breakfast biscuits of either bacon or sausage) handmade crabcake croissants with a lemon-ginger aioli, shaved red onion Gruyere cheese and an over medium fried egg, and a choice of sweet potato or pulled pork breakfast burritos with handmade black beans, greens, sliced scallions and sharp cheddar cheese. we can offer this as half portions (crab cake and burrito, biscuits are standard) as a buffet or per person ordering (full portion). Coffee is included (hot and iced) and I don’t mind picking up a few gallons of OJ. Food is served on paper and foil.

 

What is your favorite menu option?

the crab cake croissant with gruyere and shaved red onion.

 

Can you accommodate food allergies?

absolutely.

 

How early in advance should our clients reach out to you when planning catering for their wedding weekend catering?

six months is preferred, since our calendar begins filling 12 months prior to dates and books full by July for the remainder of the season.

 

What is your favorite day trip in Maine?

Hands down, route 35-5 from Harrison to Bethel – Gorham NH and back through Bridgton via motorcycle in late summer.

 

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Owner(s) Name:                  Matthew Glatz

Business Name:                   MLG FOODWORKS LLC

Address:                                  currently mobile

City/State/Zip:                     Portland Maine 04102

Phone:                                      207 242 3387

Email:                                       [email protected]                               

Facebook:                                https://www.facebook.com/saltboxcafemaine/

Instagram:                              @saltboxcafemaine

Food Trucks at French’s Point

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Couples are always looking for ways to make their wedding weekend experience fun, memorable and unique. Because weddings are so trend influenced, the food truck movement has made it’s way into the wedding weekend at French’s Point too. We often get the question “Can we use a food truck for our wedding weekend at French’s Point”. Our answer is, sure you can.  But here are some things to consider first:

Food Truck Logistics

First, food trucks are not caterers in most instances. They do not handle setup or breakdown during events, they do not buss tables, clean up waste, manage rentals, or communicate with the rest of the event team like a caterer would. Therefore, the responsibility of these tasks will then fall to your planner. For this reason, a food truck should certainly be discussed with your planner first before they are hired.

How Many Food Trucks Do I Need?

Secondly, food trucks can put out a large volume of food in a short period of time, but not in the volume needed in the time allowed at a wedding celebration. In our experience, we feel you will need one truck for every fifty guests you are serving, in order to put out the correct volume of food in less than one hour of service time. If you have 150 guests to serve, then three food trucks should be hired. Each food truck is different and some have more wedding event experience than others, so you should discuss this and your timing expectations with the food truck directly.

Our Stand-out Food Truck Providers

Third, not all food trucks have experience in providing service for wedding weekend events, or have experience here at French’s Point. Here is our list of stand-out food truck providers:

Urban Sugar

  • Donuts!
  • Great for Breakfast catering or afternoon snacks

Uproot Pie Co.

  • Wood Fired Pizza & Farm Fresh Salad
  • Lunch or Dinner

Saltbox Cafe

  • Gourmet Breakfast Sandwiches & Wraps, and lots of other options for Lunch & Dinner
  • Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

Fishin Ships

  • Delicious Fish & Chips, Fish Sandwiches & Fries
  • Lunch or Dinner

Food Truck Locations at French’s Point

Fourth, when you decide to work with a food truck, you need to consider which location at French’s Point you wish to utilize and your poor weather plan for your events:

The Farm House Private Beach

            The Farm House West Slope Lawn(next to the Farm House Gazebo)

            The Retreat House Portico (direct access to the Main Entrance)

            The Retreat House West Side Porch (direct access to the Lounge)

            The Retreat House East Side Porch (direct access to the Dining Room)

The Retreat House Sail Cloth Tent

When Should I Have a Food Truck During My Wedding Weekend?

Lastly, food trucks are a great accent to the celebration, but we have found that it is best if they are not the primary caterer for your wedding day.  Here are some examples of where and when a food trucks has created a successful & memorable moment at French’s Point:

  • Urban Sugar Donut Truck & Espresso Dave’s parked out near the Retreat House West Side Porch on Saturday morning
  • Uproot Pie Co parked near the gazebo at the Farm House West slope Lawn serving up their delicious pizza for a casual Thursday night welcome dinner after a rousing afternoon of games on the neighboring Farm House Recreation Lawn.
  • Saltbox Café parked out near the Retreat House Portico serving up their amazing breakfast sandwiches & burritos for a Sunday morning farewell Brunch.
  • Fishin Ships parked down near the Retreat House Sail Cloth Tent for an casual rehearsal dinner on Friday night.

We hope that these details are helpful when you are considering a food truck as part of your wedding festivities.