Thursday, February 23, 2012
Each year the Texas Chefs' Association sponsors the Chefs on Fire Grilling Competition. This event pairs a local firefighter with a local chef, to compete in a cook-off event. This year the event will be Sunday, April 29 at The Shops at Park Lane from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Surrounding the cook-off will be a Community Block Party with live entertainment, fire safety education and events for the kids.
Also, thanks to the folks at U.S. Food Trucks and their event planning group, there are currently 14 food trucks schedule to be at the Community Block Party, selling their food and drink to party goers. The list of trucks currently scheduled are Cajun Tailgators, Nammi, Rock and Roll Tacos, Little Vessell Grill, Jack's Chowhound, The Butcher's Son, Paul Brooks Ice Cream, Trailercakes, Ruthie's Rolling Cafe, The Bomb Fried Pies, Gennarino's, Tin Star Taco Taxi, Easy Slider, and Gandolfo's New York Deli!
Mark your calendar and plan to attend! You can get more informaiton about the event on Chef's On Fire's Facebook page.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I grew up on the western edge of Cajun country and my closest friends have always been Cajuns. With frequent travel to South Louisiana, the Cajun culture is near and dear to my heart; I love the music, the people and most of all the food. I'm also a Cajun food snob, I don't eat gumbo unless my Mama makes it, it is hard for me to eat seafood not done "right" and really, it is not worth it to me to even try to eat anything in landlocked North Texas that calls itself "Cajun". So when I heard a Cajun truck was in the works, I was skeptical but willing to give it a try, for the sake of this blog. I began to trade emails with owners Jason and Ann and found out they were the real deal, graduates of LSU, starting the truck because the missed the authentic food of the bayou.
It was only fitting that I made my first visit to Cajun Tailgators on Fat Tuesday. This is a beautiful truck that immediately surrounds you with the atmosphere of the French Quarter; the truck graphics, the music, the beads they were giving out for Mardi Gras transported you to the Mississippi Delta. The menu also takes you to a cafe on one of the side streets of the Garden District; gumbo, red beans & rice, beignets, Cajun comfort food. I was home!
I decided to try some things that I have not had in years... a Natchitoches Meat Pie, a Crawfish Pistolette and a Boudin Ball.
The Meat Pie was very good! The light crust melted in my mouth. The spices were perfect and nicely flavored the ground beef, peppers and other ingredients in a subtly spicy want. The entire pie was tasty and filling. This is an item I will order time and again.
Another item I expect to order many times is the crawfish pistolette. If you are not familiar with pistolettes, they are french rolls, hollowed out and then filled with crawfish etoufee. They are as awesome as they sound and Cajun Tailgators did not disappoint!
The roll was light and had just a hint of buttery sweetness. The filling was spicy, full of crawfish and tasted exactly how I wanted it to...I could eat a dozen of these!
The boudin balls were the item I was most looking forward to tasting.
I love boudin and could easily eat it 7 days a week. I did think the outside of this ball was over done but the boudin itself more than made up for a crisp outside. The boudin was savory with the right combination of pork and rice. The spices off-set the richness of the meat while also complimenting it. This is good boudin and I look forward to more of it in my future!
Cajun Tailgators is going to be a very popular truck in DFW! In their first week out they have hit many of the popular food truck stops in Dallas and will be at the Fort Worth Food Park on Sunday, February 26. I look forward to visiting again soon and letting the good times roll!
You can follow Cajun Tailgators on Facebook and Twitter and roll with them!
Monday, February 20, 2012
In addition to the Monday - Friday food truck schedule in the Dallas Arts District, there are numerous events planned for 2012, where the trucks will be in attendance. Mark your calendar now and plan to attend!
DALLAS ARTS DISTRICT
FIRST SATURDAYS & SPECIAL EVENT DAYS FOR 2012
March 16 – (Spring Break Block Party ) 6:00 – midnight
March 30 (Savor Dallas – Arts District Stroll) 5:00-8:00
April 7 (First Saturday) 11:00 – 2:00
April 20 (3rd Friday Art Crawl) 6:00-10:00
May 5 (First Saturday) 11:00 – 2:00
June 2 (First Saturday) 11:00 – 2:00
June 15 – Summer Block Party 6:00 – midnight
July 7 (First Saturday) 11:00 – 2:00
August 4 (First Saturdays) 11:00 -2:00
September 1(First Saturdays) 11:00 – 2:00
October 6 (First Saturdays) 11:00-2:00
October 19 (Aurora 2012) – 7:00 – midnight
October 28 (Art in October Closing Celebration) 11:00 – 7:00
November 16 (3rd Friday Art Crawl) 6:00 – 10:00
December 1 (First Saturdays) 6:00 – 10:00
November 30 or December 7 – Holiday in the District 5:00 – 9:00