In the months following Hurricane Katrina, food trucks weren't just a fun culinary trend rolling through the city. They were a necessity. When many of the city's restaurants and grocery stores had yet to reopen, food trucks provided a vital service of bringing food to all the people working to get New Orleans back up and running. After businesses returned to the city, the food trucks remained and are now an undeniable part of the culinary fabric of New Orleans.
On Sunday July 29, Tales of the Cocktail pays homage to the New Orleans food truck culture while adding a little twist of its own at Street Food and Go Cups. From 2pm till 5pm at Lafayette Square the city's best food trucks will be paired with world-renowned mixlogists as they dish out gourmet cocktails and cuisine.
"The overwhelming popularity of last year's Street Fare Derby event demonstrates the strong demand for food trucks here in New Orleans," said Rachel Billow, owner of La Cocinita Food Truck. "This year's Tales of the Cocktail event takes it a step further, celebrating the tradition of street food in our city and highlighting the latest culinary entrepreneurs on wheels, while also taking advantage of the unique NOLA tradition of enjoying refreshing cocktails on the go!"
Eight food trucks will be serving up everything from tacos to sliders to popsicles to coffee while mixologists for nine different spirits brands serve original cocktails specially shaken to be enjoyed under the sun. Festival attendees with Tasting Room wristbands are admitted free of charge. Individual entrance can be purchased at the gate for $25. Entrance includes cocktails. Food must be purchased á la carte.
"The Go Cup was pretty much invented for an event like this," said Paul Tuennerman, Chief Business Officer for Tales of the Cocktail. "Enjoying world-class cocktails with some amazing street food all under the sun, this could only happen in New Orleans."
• La Cocinita
• Meltdown Popsicles
• Taceaux Loceaux
• Foodie Call
• Brigade Coffee Company
• Oxley Gin
• Breckenridge Distillery
• Cuca Fresca Cachaca
• Martin Miller's
• Belvedere Vodka
• Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka
• Sailor Jerry Rum
• Deep Eddy Vodka
• Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary Mix
4 Questions with Maribeth Del Castillo of Taceaux Loceaux
What are you most excited about for the Street Food and Go Cups event?
Such a great downtown round up of some of the best street food in the city. And being able to showcase our food alongside some great hand-crafted cocktails.
Other than the Taceaux Loceaux truck, what's a can't miss truck at this event?
That's a difficult question. If we have to choose one, we pick Sucre. They have actually been at this a little longer than us and their product is excellent.
Are you preparing any special tacos for the event?
Yes, we're making a taco called SOUTH IN YOUR MOUTH. It's Slow Roasted Pork Belly with Spicy Maker's Mark Glaze, Ruston Peach & Sweet Onion Chow Chow, Charred Jalapeños and Maker's Mark Aioli on Warm Corn Tortillas.
What's your favorite cocktail?
The Taceauxman (Alex Del Castillo) likes it clean burning—Silver tequila and soda with a lime. I love a good Negroni.