Bloom Release Party at Parish Brewery

Gov’t Taco loves beer. Do we love beer so much that we would sit in line for two hours waiting for a brewery to open to buy a case of said beer? I’m not sure. But, despite the 95 degree heat, there was a line of beer connoisseurs camped out in front of Parish Brewery Friday, July 28th anxiously awaiting the opening of the tap room doors. It was Bloom release day, and we were out there to celebrate, and of course, sling tacos.

Our Goodwood Hardware trailer, packed full of grills and fryers, pulled away from the office at 8am, ready for a long day of slinging tacos. We wanted to be set up in time for the beer fanatics that were getting to the brewery early to wait in line. We were expecting tons of taco and beer lovers to pass through Parish Brewery in Broussard that day, so we came prepared to sell hundreds of tacos, orders of chips and salsa, and helpings of queso.

Gov't Taco's menu at Parish Brewery's Bloom Release Day

Gov't Taco's menu at Parish Brewery's Bloom Release Day

On the menu we were serving up our fan favorite taco “Uncle Swine” with braised pork, sweet and tangy pickled jicama, a sprinkle of cotija cheese, and delicate micro cilantro. Next, “Shrimper Fi” with crispy shrimp served over sweet coconut almond Supreme Rice, topped with pineapple salsa, crunchy almonds, and micro greens. And Finally, “Eggplantoral College” with gochujang stir-fried eggplant, kimchi mayo, crushed peanuts, sesame seeds, and green onions. To top it off we were dishing up servings of our salsa trio and our delicious roasted hatch chile queso with Hola Nola chips.

Some of the team hanging out behind the Gov't Taco booth at Parish Brewery

Some of the team hanging out behind the Gov't Taco booth at Parish Brewery

It was a long and hot day, but a good one. Parish was generous enough to provide us with an ample supply of Bloom, which we exchanged for a continuous stream of tacos. We saw customers leave with anywhere from one 4-pack of of the pink flowered box of Bloom to a golf cart full of cases. The sun was out, the tacos were flying, and the beer was flowing. We were happy to be out there to support Parish’s release of Bloom, and lucky to visit our friends in Acadiana.

Gov't Taco Pop Up and The Overpass Merchant

Uncle Swine Taco

Uncle Swine Taco

Sunday, July 23rd the Gov’t Taco team met early to tackle the second Overpass Merchant pop-up of the summer. Prep included making salsa, shredding pork, pickling jicama, and mixing up huge batches of queso. We’re always happy to be in the The Overpass Merchant kitchen, especially with Parish Brewery by our side taking over the taps.

The menu for the night included our brand new Shrimper Fi taco, with crispy fried shrimp and coconut almond Supreme Rice served on Hola Nola tortillas.

We also featured our Eggplantoral College taco, full of gochujang stir-fried eggplant, kimchi mayo, crushed peanuts, and bright green onion.

The last taco for sale was Uncle Swine, a more classic taco with braised pork, sweet pickled jicama, a sprinkle of salty cotija cheese, and micro cilantro.

We were also selling our Three Branches of Salsa and Gov’t Cheese, the perfect accompaniment to a Parish Brewery Beer on a warm Sunday night. The hype definitely made its way around the Baton Rouge area because we had a line out the door all evening and we were completely sold out in a little over an hour! We always appreciate the chance to pop up in Baton Rouge, and look forward to the chance to be able to do it again soon!

 

 

 

Toast Under The Oaks: Beer, Tacos, and more Beer

Toast Under the Oaks beer festival at Nottoway Plantation was the perfect occasion for the whole Gov’t Taco team to get out and sell some awesome tacos. If you ask us, a taco is the perfect snack to go along with the over 200 commercial and homebrewed beers served at the festival.

Uncle Swine and a local brew at Nottoway Plantation 7/8/17 Photo Credit: Jordan Hefler Photography

Uncle Swine and a local brew at Nottoway Plantation 7/8/17

Photo Credit: Jordan Hefler Photography

At Toast Under the Oaks, we featured our Clucks and Balances and Uncle Swine tacos. Clucks and Balances consists of creamy pimento mac & cheese, spicy & sweet smoked chicken thighs, white BBQ sauce, and crispy fried Nashville hot chicken skins. “Woah, is that mac & cheese on a taco?” was a frequently muttered comment from beer fanatics stumbling out of the festival.

Building the Clucks and Balances taco at Toast Under The Oaks 7/8/17 Photo Credit: Jordan Hefler Photography

Building the Clucks and Balances taco at Toast Under The Oaks 7/8/17

Photo Credit: Jordan Hefler Photography

The Uncle Swine taco is a warm charred Hola Nola hybrid tortilla filled with Old Fashioned inspired orange/cherry/chile braised pork, sweet and tangy pickled jicama cubes, and delicate cilantro microgreens. For sides, the team sold hatch chile queso with Hola Nola chips and BBQ crawfish elote. Everything we served at the event will be featured on the main menu at Gov’t Taco when it opens up at White Star Market.

Cheers from Toast Under The Oaks 7/8/17 Photo Credit: Jordan Hefler Photography

Cheers from Toast Under The Oaks 7/8/17

Photo Credit: Jordan Hefler Photography

The team is always happy to serve tacos, especially when we get to try some local and unique beers at a beautiful location. We were lucky to use the Goodwood Hardware trailer, including two grills, cast iron cauldron, and outdoor deep-fryer, allowing us to do an enormous amount of cooking on site under our Gov’t Taco tent.

 

Gov't Taco People's Choice Favorite at Cap City Mac Fest

The Gov't Taco team brought home another victory at Capital City Mac Fest presented by Geaux Rouge: a mac and cheese cook off where the competitor could whip up whatever mac and cheese dish they desired.

Blair Loup, Chef Aimee Tortorich, Jennifer Breithaupt, Jay Ducote, Sophie Spring, Charles Pierce, Paige Johannessen

Blair Loup, Chef Aimee Tortorich, Jennifer Breithaupt, Jay Ducote, Sophie Spring, Charles Pierce, Paige Johannessen

Gov't Taco won the People’s Choice award with our Clucks & Balances taco. The taco features pimento mac and cheese, smoked chicken thigh, nashville hot chicken skins and white BBQ sauce.

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This will be one of our five signature tacos featured at our location in White Star Market.

 

 

 

Gov't Taco Victorious at Gourmet in the Garden!

Blair Loup, Jennifer Breithaupt, Therese Schneider, Aimee Tortorich, Colt Patin (LCI) and Jay Ducote (up top) celebrate the Gov't Taco win at Gourmet in the Garden, 4/20/17

Blair Loup, Jennifer Breithaupt, Therese Schneider, Aimee Tortorich, Colt Patin (LCI) and Jay Ducote (up top) celebrate the Gov't Taco win at Gourmet in the Garden, 4/20/17

The Gov't Taco team proved victorious at Gourmet in the Garden 2017, a culinary event raising money for the Louisiana Culinary Institute Foundation and the LSU Ag Center Botanical Gardens.

Gov't Taco won Judges' Choice in the "land animal" category with a farm-to-table inspired taco. The dish featured a beet tortilla topped with Cafeciteaux coffee and Red Stick Spice chili de arbol rubbed Iverstine Family Farms pork belly, an earthy snow pea tendril chimichurri, chicharrón crumble and edible flowers from Fullness Organic Farm.

Perhaps we'll find a way to get this taco on the menu as a specialty item once we open the doors in White Star Market!

The winning taco from Gourmet in the Garden 2017

The winning taco from Gourmet in the Garden 2017