Tacos

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 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