Happily Ever After

On the Road to Be Married

Feb 22, 2019
Photo by: Kerry Anne Photography The Barrel Mobile Bar at a rustic wedding party (sheep were optional).

Combining your wedding or its smaller occasions with your already well-equipped-for-fun backyard calls for catering services. Why not just let them roll onto your property? Kitchens on wheels, better known as food trucks, certainly are easy. They provide your chosen foods, plus preparation and cleanup happen all in their space and not your designer kitchen.

Sunny Rae’s, owned by Stephanie Smotrycz from Forked River, has a good track record. Local reviews on Yelp! gave her five stars, and her fresh-cut French fries are well loved by visitors to Bayview Park in Brant Beach, where she runs the summer concession.

Her website shows a host of options for after-wedding brunches, bridal showers and rehearsal dinners. “I live in the kitchen,” said Smotrycz. “I am extremely passionate about making good food and providing people with delicious meals. I am constantly reading, researching and testing recipes, whether from new books or recipes from my grandma.”

She works with her clients to create a unique and fun menu for each occasion. For instance, last year,she created a breakfast brunch for guests at Bonnet Island that combined dining outside from the truck: New Jersey's famous pork roll, egg and cheese on a Kaiser roll was one option, plus fresh fruit and coffee cakes served inside the venue. For an upcoming wedding party, she has created breakfast empanadas.

Smotrycz started her business six years ago on LBI as a personal chef, something she continues to do. “I’m always cooking!”

Her 24-foot truck is decorated with bistro lights – check it out when she participates in the upcoming Wedding Road Show, or at sunnyraeskitchen.com.

While booking your favorite food truck, don’t overlook a portable bar! Remember that scene in “Father of the Bride” where the bride’s father gets stuck making increasingly complicated cocktails for his guests and misses the engagement party? Don’t let that happen to you.

Connor Devaney has created a bar trailer called the Barrel Mobile Bar, “a custom built, full service cocktail bar setup that is fully insured and provides TIPS and ServSafe certified staff to give you peace of mind.”

The bar has all the supplies, including coolers, wine buckets and bar tools, napkins and straws. Three beer taps are available. Devaney is a premier mixocologist and will help plan your menu and signature cocktails.

“Our bar trailer arrives fully stocked and ready to party,” said Devaney. “We take care of it all, including décor styled just for your event. All you need to do is provide the alcohol you want served, and we take care of the rest.”

The staff also cleans up after the event and removes the bar trash with the bar, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Beer and wine bar or full-service cocktail bar are options.

Find additional information on pricing on Facebook: the Barrel Mobile Bar.

— Pat Johnson

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