If you are thinking about buying or renting a mobile kitchen for your foodservice business or special event, you want to make sure it has all the right features. Mobile kitchen trailers and other temporary kitchen units from Mobile Kitchens USA can be customized to meet your needs. Choose the right size, type of trailer, appliances, work spaces and extras that your kitchen staff will need.
When it comes to determining what is needed in your mobile kitchen, there are four factors that will mean the most: location, menu, quantity and staff. Let’s take a closer look at each of these considerations.
Location—Where is the Mobile Kitchen Being Used?
In real estate, location is everything. It’s important in the mobile kitchen industry, as well. Knowing where and how you will be using your mobile kitchen will help determine the type and size of unit you need. Will a tent kitchen suffice? Will the kitchen stay in one place? Does it need to be mobile and moved from spot to spot? Do you need service windows and walk-up ramps/stairs for customers? Are you in a hot or cold climate? This may dictate if you need air conditioning and/or heating inside for your staff.
Menu—What Are You Serving?
One of the most important questions to ask yourself is what food you need to prepare and serve in your mobile kitchen trailer. This may help you decide which type of kitchen to rent or purchase. More importantly, it will enable you to determine which appliances, work spaces and storage features you need. Do you have a lot of frozen goods to store? How much prep is involved in the cooking? Do you need a deep fryer, grill, oven, griddle, smoker, mixer or any other specialized appliances? Figure out your menu before you configure your mobile kitchen.
Quantity—How Much Food Are You Serving?
In addition to knowing your menu, you should have a good idea of how much of the food you need to store, prepare, cook and serve. This will let you know the size of any commercial appliances being installed in your mobile kitchen trailer. It will affect how much cold and dry storage space you need. Other issues to consider are work tables for food prep, appliances to keep food warm and dishwashing. Are you cleaning everything by hand or does a commercial dishwasher need to be included? Maybe you need separate units specifically for food prep, dishwashing or refrigeration.
Staff—What Space and Features Do Your Staff Need?
Last but not least, you have to consider your kitchen staff. They are working hard to prepare, cook and serve meals in a relatively confined space. Make sure your mobile kitchen has the proper safety and cleaning features. Make sure there is enough space for your whole staff and that the unit is laid out for efficient usage. Again, consider things like A/C, heating, hot water and hand washing sinks.
There is a lot that goes into designing the ideal mobile kitchen trailer or temporary kitchen unit. Whether you are renting or buying, you can customize your mobile kitchen with Mobile Kitchens USA. Let us know what you need and work with our staff to determine the size and type of unit, as well as the necessary appliances and features that should be included for the best mobile foodservice experience. Contact Mobile Kitchens USA today to get started.