Tacos, tostadas, churros: Mexico has a strong tradition of unpretentious yet delicious street fare. This Friday, April 13, get a taste of the (hopeful) future as La Carnita presents Uno, a celebration of street food and street art at the Evergreen Brickworks.
Billed as a “feast of the senses,” this one-night-only extravaganza showcases original works from over 20 artists from Toronto, New York, San Francisco and beyond – all in concert with treats whipped up by one committed tacueria.
A variety of handmade soft-shell tacos will be served for five bucks a pop. Brimming with savoury pork, chicken and chorizo, fresh veggies and tongue-tingling spices, if there’s anything that can make art more enjoyable, it’s incredibly authentic tacos.
And La Carnita knows tacos. For the past year or so, chef Andrew Richmond has been building buzz for his business with a series of pop-up taco stands. While selling food at impromptu (read: unlicensed) locations raises some red tape, Richmond has deftly skirted the city’s oppressive bureaucracy by selling art and offering tacos gratis. If you were near OneMethod Digital and Design at King and Spadina last July, you may have been lucky enough to get a taste in the hour before it vanished. For everyone else who missed it, now’s your chance.
This may well be the last event of its kind before Richmond and Co. finally set up shop in more permanent environs. Pop-ups and street events generate excitement, but Torontoians have shown an insatiable appetite for authentic Mexican food. Can La Carnita compete with taco-slinging mainstays like Kensington’s El Trompo and up-and-comers like Parkdale’s Grand Electric? The excitement surrounding events like Uno hints at sustainable success, but the tale of this tortilla is just beginning.
Uno will take place Friday, April 13th 2012 from 7 p.m. – 1 a.m. at the Evergreen Brick Works, 550 Bayview Avenue.
Image courtesy of La Carnita.