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Market Watch: Top Chefs Guest at Tacolicious

Lulu Meyer brings us the best of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market every week. Eat well.

Joe Hargrave of Tacolicious (husband to Sara Deseran at 7x7) approached me in early February with an idea to raise a little money for CUESA and attract more attention to the Thursday market, which slows down in the rainy winter months. He proposed inviting a few of his friends—who just happen to be some of the city’s most talented chefs—down to the market to create a signature addition to their already stellar line-up of weekly tacos. I loved the idea (how often do you get to taste something made by a top-notch chef for under 5 bucks?) and the chefs seemed excited, so Joe got busy putting together a schedule. The series kicked off last Thursday and will last well into April.

The first guest taco chef was Fish & Farm’s Chad Newton; he prepared a slow-poached, seared octopus, confit potato, cabbage and smoked crema taco that was positively delicious. The excitement will continue today when Craig Stoll of Delfina will offer up both a lamb riblet and a cabeza taco. Over the next month we’ll also see tacos from Alex Ong of Betelnut, Liza Shaw of A16, Robbie Lewis, formerly of Bacar, Mark Denham of the eagerly anticipated Bishop, and Staffan Terje of Perbacco.

All proceeds from the guest chef tacos will go to the CUESA Seller Scholarship Fund. This fund allows us to pay the way to some of the best regional farming conferences for several of the (100 +) farmers and vendors in our market. This is a crucial means for them to learn new sustainable practices, network, and stay up to date with the food production community at large.

So now, in addition to the other stellar Thursday offerings from Roli Roti, Pizza Politana, Namu, 4505 Meats, and Captain Mike’s Holy Smoke, you can feel good about helping to give back to the vibrant market community that is the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. And on top of it all, you’ll have a new taco to try every week!