National Taco Day 2017

Taco Tuesday is a fan favorite in many US cities, from going out to eat tacos or in some cases select Mexican dishes typically served in a tortilla on Tuesday nights. Restaurants will often offer special prices, for example, "$1 fish tacos every Tuesday night". It is popular in many big cities across the nation and especially popular in the beach cities of Southern California. Taco Tuesday is similar to Happy Hour in that restaurants vary in their participation, hours, and specials offered.

National Taco Day is on Wednesday this year and not a Tuesday for "Taco Tuesday" but that doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing that it's on Wednesday. Because we have this running joke that if we ever were going to open a Taco Truck we would decree "Taco Tuesday" be on Wednesday and enjoy the confusion of it all. Sometimes it's no running joke because for "Taco Tuesday" this year National Taco Day is on Wednesday which so happens to be the inspiration behind our Taco Tuesday post and because who doesn't love tacos!?

The Sloppy Taco

The Sloppy Taco is the newest food truck to park in Southwest Louisiana! A brother duo, family run, friend supported, savory slop chariot. At the helm, with cleaver in hand is mad-chef scientist Brett Stutes, with his wife wielding tongs of alabaster and gold Amanda, and brother Derek, the taco tech delivering perfect sauce precision. It is when their creative spices come together that they create a flavorful fuel that keeps this taco truck (and now brick-and-mortar) running.

Owners Brett and Amanda Stutes got the crazy idea for The Sloppy Taco in 2014. By May 2015, the truck was at nearly every city event and turned into a local hit FAST. Amanda describes their food as "gourmet fusion tacos with a blend of experimental and classic, Asian, Cajun, and Mexican influences.” Fan favorites include the Sloppy Taco - braised pork, grilled steak, grilled shrimp in a chipotle glaze, Monterey jack cheese, purple onions, jalapeños, and their house remoulade. After just a year of serving from the truck, they have expanded to a brick and mortar kitchen located at 2500 Kirkman St.

The Sloppy Taco has become a staple here in Lake Charles Louisiana and is one of the reasons why we're doing this post. Everybody wants to be remembered in some way or another and with our love of tacos we think that The Sloppy Taco needs to be remembered in some way or another. Now we know that The Sloppy Taco is going to remembered as the first food truck in Lake Charles but we want it to be remembered as a food truck that been 3D printed to scale.

Being remembered as a 3D printed food truck with 3D printed figurines on the inside is an awesome "remembrance trophy" to get. Like who has a 1/10th replica of their food truck with 3D printed figurines on the inside??? I'll tell you who, The Sloppy Taco people are that's who. After seeing the smaller version on their Instagram account and realizing that we wanted their 3D printed figurines to go inside the truck to accurately display it as it is like when it is out on the streets, we knew that that was the perfect way to go. Though we didn't get our figurines in time for "Taco Tuesday" we still are in the works for finishing the food truck and displaying it proudly for all of Lake Charles Louisiana to see and hopefully y'all visit the Sloppy Taco in the mean time.

Food Truck Invasion

'Food Trucks Invade" is an event held in Lake Charles focused on the gathering of local and visiting food trucks, invading Lake Charles scenes with new & exciting flavors! It seems the number of food trucks in the Lake Area continues to grow. So far six food trucks gather on the first Thursday of each month from 5pm to 8pm at various locations like at Crying Eagle Brewing Company for a food truck "invasion."

At The Sloppy Taco, it was business as usual. "Turnout's been amazing. It's been non-stop since we started," said Derek Stutes, part owner of The Sloppy Taco. Veterans in the food truck arena, With the recent rise in popularity of "food on the go' has been unprecedented. "They've been popping up here, Sulphur, Moss Bluff, Westlake, just in the last six to nine months there's been a lot of them coming up," explained Stutes.

Preparing for more than 200 people is no easy task no matter how much you prep for or what food truck you are in, there's always something that happens. President Eric Avery of Crying Eagle Brewing Company acknowledged the first day's success of the food truck invasion with a quote stating, "Today was just absolutely amazing. We never would have dreamed the turnout that we had today, and can't wait for the next food truck invasion." If you have never been to a food truck invasion at any one of their locations you should go it's absolutely amazing and unlike anything Lake Charles has had in the last few years.

Taco Tuesday At Taco Bell

If you are not a fan of food trucks, you can always go to Taco Bell for Taco Tuesday and enjoy some of mexican dishes on the go. Recently Taco Bell has turned to YouTube to try and tempt consumers to try some new takes on some of the old classics. It enlisted a bunch of influencers it found at this year's VidCon, a conference that Tressie Lieberman, director of social and digital marketing for the chain, called "a ComiCon for YouTubers." Once there, Taco Bell tasked VidCon goers to create video content to help introduce the Fiery Doritos Locos Taco. One of the best-known YouTube stars to create an ad for the Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos is Freddie Wong. Mr. Wong worked with YouTube collaborator Brandon Laatsch to release a video to their 6.3 million subscribers in which they create a "3D Doritos Taco" printer.

As you can see the 3D printer that came out of the box is absolutely amazing and is not like any conventional 3D printer out there. Designed with Taco Bell in mind the 3D printer creates one of a kind Fiery Doritos Locos Tacos. Though this is not a real 3D printer that 3D prints tacos on demands it still showcases the ingenuity that comes from 3D printers and trying to solve our food crisis while promoting the new Taco Bell Fiery Doritos Locos Taco. It's just a shame that we can't have a 3D printer that 3D prints tacos on demand for National Taco Day.