"Everyone thinks that New Orleans just grinds to a halt in the summer," says Scott Wood, co-owner and head brewer at Courtyard Brewery (1020 Erato St.; www.courtyardbrewing.com). "We figured we'd throw a party instead."
The party will be a beer, taco and music-infused affair Sunday, June 21, starting at noon and going till the tacos run out.
The genesis of Courtyard Brewery's Taco Night came from multiple conversations about tacos between Wood, a San Diego native, and Richard Papier, a chef at Arana Taqueria y Cantina and a Courtyard Brewery regular. "We just talked a lot about what kind of tacos we like," Wood says, "and then one day we said that we should do some tacos at the brewery some night."
"I've been visiting Courtyard since its opening and really appreciate Scott's passion for craft beer," Papier says. "After sharing my love for Mexican cuisine, it didn't take us long to realize that our skills combined would be a perfect pair. Planning a celebration to highlight our flavors just made sense."
Taceaux Loceaux food truck operator Alex Del Castillo, who serves his street tacos at Courtyard every Wednesday, was quick to sign up. Wood says Papier will serve traditional tacos and Del Castillo will offer his street tacos. Saigon Slim's, another food truck that parks at Courtyard regularly, plans to offer a Vietnamese or Korean take on the taco for the event.
Wood says he will have four or five beers on tap created to complement the tacos, along with guest taps. There will be live music from noon to 6 p.m.
"I'm sure the chefs will be competing against each other because, you know, they're chefs," Wood laughs. "All I know is that I'm gonna eat some tacos and drink some beer and have a real nice day."