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13
Sep
The Duchess: A Cocktail Truck for Special Events in Arizona
categories: trends in catering, Wedding Inspiration, what's hot in rentals

We delightfully stumbled upon a fun idea for weddings that we know you’ll love as much as we do: mobile cocktail trucks. We’re not talking food carts that serve beer. Nor are we talking about an ice cream truck that someone thought to mount a margarita machine on. No. Those are not for you, beautiful engaged couples. What we’re talking about is a fancy-schmancy (ish) mobile cocktail truck whose sole purpose is to serve in style and the only one you really need to know about, in Arizona at least, is “The Duchess”. She’s a sexy little champagne colored cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and she’s many things: pretty, fun, a bit sassy, and yes, functional. Want to know more? Read on to hear what co-owner Nicole Brown has to say about this lovely lady!

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The Duke Truck is the original mobile cocktail truck and he used to travel between Napa Valley and Arizona as the coolest cocktail truck for special events in Arizona. As you can imagine, that’s quite a trek so The Duke Truck’s owners went to France, found a twin, spiffed her up, and brought her back to Scottsdale. Aren’t we lucky?

Here’s The Duke Truck—The Duke and The Duchess are the same except for their color.

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(Photographer: Cheryl Nestico Photography)

How did you come up with the idea of having a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and what is your background in bartending/event planning?

My husband and I love entertaining, and we really love wine and cocktails. We were having a party and were looking for a something to make it stand out. We looked at food trucks but didn’t feel like the trucks fit into the decor of the party, and wanted to serve cocktails not tacos. We were looking for something hip and vintage where you could really interact with the truck and people inside… But it didn’t exist. After an incredible journey through the countryside of Burgundy, France, we found an old butcher truck. We named him The Duke. The rest is history!

Are you able to set up at venues (like resorts) that have their own bartending services on site?

Yes. We work with all types of venues. Some require they own the entire staffing for events onsite. In that case we simply rent The Duke as a bar rental, set it up and their staff serves. We are very selective an only do this at high end venues to ensure a seamless experience for the client. Basically if you are in the love with the idea of having our trucks at your wedding we can work with the venue to make that happen!

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(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

Can you tell us about your packages for couples who are interested in having a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona?

We offer 3 different packages: Truck rental only, Cocktail Hour (1 staff for 2 hours) & Premium Royal service (Truck + Royal Staff for entire event). Most of the décor seen in our pictures are all part of the truck rental. All of our packages include bistro café lights, barstools, chalkboard, interior plants/décor, champagne bucket, vintage Marshall speaker for music, and our crown marquee sign. We work hand and hand with other vendors to add any décor that fits the design of the wedding, from fresh flowers to handmade cocktail menu signs, our trucks can fit any theme.

When did The Duchess join the Arizona market?

The newest member of our fleet, The Duchess, made her debut this spring 2017, after Shawn and I went on an adventure through Europe to find her. She is the color of champagne, and is the embodiment of Fabulous Sophistication. Our business has grown to the point where we need 1 truck dedicated to each of our 2 markets. The Duke will stay full time in Napa Valley, CA and The Duchess will live in Scottsdale, AZ. Our third truck, The Baron, will be retrofitted this fall 2017 and will travel! All of our trucks are Citroen HY Vans with the same dimensions, custom cabinets, chalkboard, marquee sign, and bistro café lights. The Duke and Duchess both have distinct personalities, however, they all share the vintage look, feel and experience clients are looking for and are guaranteed to make any event unforgettable.

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(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

(Photographer: April Maura Photography)

How far in advance should couples plan to book you?

I tell clients to book the minute they are sure they want the truck! We are now booking into the fall of 2018, and on popular dates I sometimes get 10 inquiries. The first to book locks it in…We only have one truck per market so if you want it then book it!

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(Photographer: C.M. Elle Studios, Planner: ROQUE Events)

Aren’t The Duke Truck and The Duchess just the best? We think they’re a great idea for a cocktail truck for special events in Arizona and we also think you should visit The Duke Truck to get more info! Call: (480) 748-1684 | Email: INFO@THEDUKETRUCK.COM

Xoxo, Phoenix Bride & Groom…your complete Arizona wedding magazine and wedding planning resource

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