{review} The Fro.Zen Trolley

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Indulge in your sweet tooth with soft-serve from The Fro.Zen Trolley that caters to all food sensitivities

Request more pricing, details and info from this vendor!Photo, above: Stacey Wight Photography | Since first opening for business in June 2014 at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market, The Fro.Zen Trolley has been delighting taste buds. In June 2015, the company launched the Event Trolley specifically designed to cater wedding and events. For couples with a sweet tooth, the business offers something unique and delicious.

“Our cart is the only self-serve cart available,” says Gina Ruttan, owner and operator of The Fro.Zen Trolley business, adding that the trolley is specifically designed for special events and is completely portable. Since the Event Trolley opened for business, The Fro.Zen Trolley has catered ten weddings and the upcoming wedding season is booking up quickly.

Staff at The Ring sat down with Gina, Owner of The Fro.Zen Trolley to find out how the mobile trolley can make your wedding a truly memorable and delicious event.

The story behind The Fro.Zen Trolley …

After completing both undergraduate and master’s degrees, Gina quickly realized that the corporate world wasn’t for her. As a 20-something, educated woman, Gina began brainstorming business ideas. Because of certain food sensitivities that limited her ability to eat dairy and gluten, Gina began exploring the idea of opening a frozen yogurt store that would cater to people with food sensitivities including gluten and diary. With the popularity of food trucks, Gina realized she could cater to a larger market with her own food truck, as opposed to a traditional retail store.

The Fro.Zen Trolley’s first food truck was designed and built in the spring of 2014 to offer premium products to the Kitchener Waterloo area. Located permanently at the St. Jacobs Farmers’ Market during the summer, the trolley became the catalyst for the next evolution of the business – an event trolley perfect for weddings.

“The thing I loved best about working with Gina at Fro.Zen Trolly is her smile! She makes you feel so comfortable and works with you to achieve the outcome you are looking for your clients,” says Afzia Shareef, owner of Style and Elegance Wedding and Event Coordination.

Gina personally meets with each and every potential client interested in The Fro.Zen Trolley’s catering services. During the initial meeting, details are discussed and samples of soft-serve are offered.

“We do product tastings in order to determine which two soft-serve flavours they want at their wedding,” explains Gina. After those details are worked out, the next time couples meet with Gina is on the wedding day. Anyone interested in the Fro.Zen Trolley is encouraged to contact Gina by email, phone or the contact form on the company’s website.

Bruce and Corless Thompson enlisted The Fro.Zen Trolley to renew their wedding vows on their 40th wedding anniversary.  It was a hit and their guests found the Trolley to be a great addition to the party.

The Flavours and Toppings….

“We took our time choosing our products so we have the best available in Canada. We always use natural flavours whenever possible,” admits Gina, adding that the fruit yogurts and sorbets are made with real fruit puree from local farmers whenever possible.

Offering dairy free sorbets, frozen yogurts made with coconut milk, premium gelato products and Greek organic frozen yogurt, the Trolly caters to everyone. At the food truck, a minimum of two out of six flavours are always dairy-free and not limited to fruit sorbets. Whatever food intolerance or preference you may have, The Fro.Zen Trolley has something for you including gluten free, vegan and dairy free! Gina admits that some brides choose her catering services because the business caters to those with food sensitivities and allergies, but everyone will enjoy what’s offered at the trolley!

“In terms of soft-serve products, there’s no clear winner, because all of our products taste amazing,” Gina admits. “Brides typically go for the Greek organic froyo (Strawberry, Raspberry, Cheesecake and Cake Batter), while grooms typically sway towards Gelato, especially the Chocolate and Salted Caramel.”

For wedding upgrades, Gina recommends waffle cones and/or gluten free cones, premium flavours including Beer, Coffee with Baileys and Spiked Hot Chocolate. Customized cups with printed logos and names can also be arranged to make your wedding day truly unique.

“We’ve done custom flavours for couples and we also try to work ourselves into specific themes and colour requirements of brides,” says Gina. “We love to work with brides and be a part of someone’s special day. It’s really fun sharing our fantastic products with not only the happy couple, but their guests as well! We also really enjoy engaging with guests as they many their own sundaes – seeing what everyone create is a cool perk for us as we manage the cart.”

On the day of the wedding…

The Events Trolley offers two flavours plus 12 toppings to guests for anywhere between one to two hours. During this time, Gina serves about 100 to 150 cups of soft-serve. If Gina isn’t able to attend the wedding, Garry Ruttan and Shelia Hannon, trusted advisors and frozen yogurt coordinators step in. Whoever is there on the day, sets-up, takes down and expertly manages the trolley and guests. As a certified food handler, Gina has worked with soft-serve products and equipment for over three years. She has personally trained all of the staff on food handling, customer service and operating the equipment.

“All our guests from the children to the adults had fun just chatting with Gina’s team as they made their choices,” Corless recalls.

The Events Trolley is completely customizable to suit a bride’s specific décor style, but the Trolley itself is quite stylish.

“We’ve catered to many different weddings over the past year,” explains Gina. “We’re able to set up outside or inside – we’ve done weddings in barns, ballrooms, at the top of Blue Mountain and in high rises as well.”

The Trolley arrives an hour before Gina or frozen yogurt coordinators began serving. A predetermined location is set up during the consultation, so the couple don’t need to take any time out of their special day.

“We manage the cart while your guests go through. We talk with them and help them choose flavours and toppings. After all the guests have gone through (once, twice, sometimes even three times), we pack up and roll out!”

At Bruce and Corless 40th Anniversary party, they had the Fro.Zen Trolley arrive after the reception dinner so guests could sit, play and enjoy a frozen dessert. “It seemed someone was always at the Trolley for their next adventure of taste. They couldn’t get enough of it!”

Details, details, details…

  • The average couple spends $800-$1000
  • Custom packages available upon request
  • Wedding package includes two flavours and 12 toppings, plus cups, spoons and napkins. Waffle cones and gluten free cones are available for an additional fee. Custom cups can also be ordered.
  • Depending on the location of your wedding venue, additional travel fees may be charged.
  • A 20% deposit is required when booking.
  • Book six months in advanced to ensure you get the flavours and toppings of your choice, but Gina admits that occasionally they can accommodate last minute requests.

Contacting The Fro.Zen Trolley

Gina Ruttan at The Fro.Zen Trolley can be reached directly by email using the form below. 🙂 or by phone at 519-897-7696. You can also visit The Fro.Zen Trolley online at thefrozentrolley.ca.

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After we booked with Gina, we organized a tasting. Gina prepared 12 different flavours for us to sample. We also had a guest with a severe nut allergy and Gina was very accommodating. About 2hrs before the wedding it absolutely poured (it was an outdoor wedding!) and only stopped about 20 minutes before guests arrived. Gina's team was so incredibly helpful. Without being asked, they grabbed towels and wiped off every single chair so guests wouldn't be sitting in puddles! The fro-yo was a huge hit with guests, some had 3 or 4 cups each. The Fro.Zen Trolley is one of the best wedding decisions we made!!!