MeIn many people’s minds, the ice cream truck’s hilarious tune instantly evokes childhood memories. Our favorite ice pops and soft serve ice cream made the scorching summer days bearable. Food trucks are more popular than ever these days, so it’s no surprise that ice cream trucks are making a comeback.actually today best new jersey food trucks The spotlight shines on the ice cream emergency.
This mobile ice cream parlor travels to events and parties alike and operates in central New Jersey. (Franchising opportunities allow brands to reach a wider audience. Click here to see where they serve.) Sue Dorfman is the owner of Ice Cream Emergency, the ultimate dessert. We aim to provide an experience. Food “trucks” (actually buses) carry a variety of flavors and toppings and can accommodate large events.
Sue, who has been involved in the restaurant industry for many years, entered the food truck business in March 2019. Since then, she has catered countless events from her birthday to her wedding. Below, find our exclusive Best of New Jersey interview with Sue about everything The Ice Cream Emergency has to offer.
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Best of NJ: What were you doing before Ice Cream Emergency?
Sue Dorfman: Before I started my own business with the ice cream emergency bus, I worked in the food and beverage industry.
BONJ: What role did you play in the food and beverage industry?
bring the action: The main role in the restaurant industry was the waitress. My last job before opening the Ice Cream Emergency Bus was as a customer service representative for Wawa. I worked in several areas of the store, but mostly in the deli area where food was prepared.
BONJ: How did those experiences help you in your current role with Ice Cream Emergency?
bring the action: I learned how to improve my customer service skills, how to multitask, how to solve problems, and beyond what it means to deliver a great experience. Say hello to fellow Cara Jean Grobelny at Wawa!
BONJ: What inspired you to start a food truck business?
bring the action: After researching some business concepts, we decided to go mobile. You can move freely without being confined to one place. Also, everyone loves ice cream, and Ice Cream His Emergency Bus is unique in that guests are allowed inside and not out the window.
BONJ: Why is ice cream from a truck (or bus) better?
bring the action: The ice cream truck brings back nostalgic childhood and summer memories. What better way to celebrate than with ice-cold sweet treats for dessert? For our buses we go to you and bring everything to your celebrations and gatherings.
BONJ: Tell us about the Ice Cream Emergency. How is it different from a normal ice cream truck?
bring the action: Ice Cream Emergency is a full service mobile ice cream catering company with a unique theme. The difference to a traditional ice cream truck is that guests usually make their own sundaes served on the bus.
BONJ: What are the different flavors and items people can find on your bus?
bring the action: All ice creams have a butterfat content of 14-16%. We carry a variety of traditional flavors including vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, mint chocolate chip, cookie dough, and cookies and cream. And I have different specialties. Salted caramel truffles, cappuccino crunch, chocolate peanut butter, elk paw prints, pistachios, cotton candy, birthday cake and more. Lemon and raspberry sorbets are also available as dairy-free options.
Based on the package selected for the party, toppings include rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, M&M’s, chocolate chips, Oreo cookie pieces, gummy bears, sour patch kids, Reese’s pieces, hot fudge, caramel, chocolate sauce, and peanuts. Butter sauce, whipped cream and maraschino cherries.
BONJ: What packages do you offer for catering and contactless delivery?
bring the action: For a limited time during this pandemic, we are offering shipping packages. Family DIY Sundae Packages and Best Wishes Packages are available. These days, we prepare and service on site from the back door of the bus. This is a good step towards being able to serve on the bus again.
We offer 5 different catering packages for your onboard event. A basic traditional sundae package includes sprinkles, whipped cream, chocolate syrup and maraschino cherries. There is also an original sundae bar with hot fudge, caramel, M&M’s, Reese’s Pieces, Oreos and gummy bears. We also added a new package earlier this season that includes a Gourmet Waffle Bowl.
BONJ: What does a typical day look like during a catered event?
bring the action: A typical catering day starts early in the morning preparing and stocking the bus. Events are scheduled for up to 100 people per hour. Offer times will increase for events with more than 100 people. During the busy season, 4-5 parties can be held in one day.
BONJ: Do you know what events you will be participating in this summer?
bring the action: We are currently scheduling birthday parties, graduations, bridal showers, engagements, September weddings, recreation camps, and employee appreciation days. We hope to be able to cater these events on the bus. If you can’t do that, use the rear door instead.
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