Here in New Orleans, we’re always looking for a reason to celebrate. And what better reason to rise to the occasion than the bringing together of food, music and people? Well that’s exactly what Barrie Schwartz, founder of My House NOLA, had in mind when she set out to bring awareness to New Orleans’ ever-growing mobile food truck movement. Understanding that diverse food options breed diverse people, Barrie has put together a Rolling Through Food Truck Series that will set up in four unique New Orleans neighborhoods for eight nights of food, music, and community fun for all.
Beginning on Tuesday, May 7 in the historic Bayou Treme neighborhood, My House NOLA is partnering with NOLA Drive-In and the Bayou Treme Center, located at 2541 Bayou Road, to kick off the first of eight events. From 5 to 9 p.m., attendees can expect to enjoy food from seven to 10 food trucks, family friendly activities, and live music. And since this is the big kick-off, NOLA Drive-In will be showing a special screening of “Singing in the Rain,” beginning inside the center at 8 p.m.
So, let’s talk food, shall we? Each vendor has exciting options to choose from — some that explore ethnic flavors and others that offer a unique spin on traditional New Orleans cuisine and bar food. Beignet Roule, for example, offers a New Orleans breakfast favorite, but with the flavor turned way up. If you didn’t think the original powdered sugar variation could be improved upon, snag a bite of their Andouille sausage beignets smothered in crawfish étouffée or creme brûlée beignets and dare to think outside the box. Traditional fare like Creole gumbo and BBQ Shrimp can be found at the NOLA Girl food truck, but be sure to try their non-traditional items like chicken cordon bleu and root-beer braised pork poboys. Yeah you right.
Put some South American in your mouth with La Cocinita‘s popular arepas, white cornmeal cakes stuffed with braised chicken, pork, steak, or vegetarian options like roasted beets and black beans. Add some house made chipotle crema for an extra smoky kick. Empanada Intifada‘s menu entices with empanada fillings such as roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese, spinach with Chèvre and tomatillo salsa, and pulled pork marinated in grapefruit juice and molasses. Save room for their mouth-watering sides of Poblano-Cream Mac and Cheese, Chorizo Red Beans and Arroz, and Sesame Quinoa Salad.
If you decide to bring the kiddies along (and it’s very much encouraged!) they’ll be happy to see Dat Dog Express, and Frencheeze, offering fancy and basic grilled cheese sandwiches. I’m a big fan of the “Gary” with bacon, grape jelly, and goat cheese on a croissant but kids will dig the “4th Grader” with cheddar cheese and white bread or the fried mac and cheese balls. Gluten-free bread options are also available. Health conscious moms will love Rue Chow‘s Korean BBQ chicken pita sandwich with pickled veggies or The Fat Falafel‘s falafel platter filled with falafel, hummus, eggplant, root slaw, Israeli salad, and pita bread. Dads will most definitely dig on Foodie Call‘s double cheeseburger with caramelized onions, hot buffalo chicken wings, or the Poutine with beer-battered fries, roast beef debris, and cheddar cheese curds.
After the kick-off in Bayou Treme on May 7, Central City, Broadmoor, and Bywater will be the next three neighborhoods to host this highly anticipated event. Each Rolling Through party takes place every Tuesday during the months of May and June from 5 to 9 p.m. and will promote different local non-profit partners unique to each neighborhood. Visit My House NOLA for more information on the who, what, why, and where of these events.
Food. Community. Music. People.
C’mon, y’all. Let’s celebrate.
Emily Smith is a native New Orleanian and writer of Fleurdelicious. She is enthusiastic about food here, there, everywhere!