Just got a note from Galaxy Taco's chef/owner Trey Foshee, listing the fall lineup of chefs and others who will be at the restaurant as guest taqueros and create a set of three innovative tacos for guests.
Foshee started this tradition in January with his friend Chef Jason Knibb of NineTen. And, Knibb will be back again on September 27. Tonight's guest chef will be Juan Carlos Recamier of Ceviche House.
"It's a real casual thing," said Foshee, who opened Galaxy Taco in La Jolla Shores a year ago last July. "We happen to have some heavy hitting people coming in but that's because they're my friends. It's not a competition. We kept getting asked all the time what we were going to do for Taco Tuesday and though this would be fun, but we're doing it as something of value and something we're offering in addition to what we already do."
I've been to these Taco Tuesday Takeovers, most notably one with Isabel Cruz. While it's essentially an evening like other evenings at the restaurant in that you can order off the menu, there's a celebratory air to it since friends and family of the chef tend to show up and hang out at each other's tables. And the featured taquero roams the restaurant chatting with them and other guests, answering questions. It takes on the air of a party--and then there are the tacos. You just don't know what creations these chefs and other talents (he's had authors and artists participate, too) will come up with.
Here's the lineup:
September 20: Juan Carlos Recamier of Ceviche House
September 27: Jason Knibb of NineTen Restaurant
October 4: Jose "JoJo" Ruiz, Executive Chef/Partner Lionfish
October 11: Ruffo Ibarra Arellano, Chef/Co-Owner – ORYX Capital, Tijuana
October 18: Stevan Novoa
October 25: Hanis Cavin of Carnitas Snack Shack
November 1: Dia de los Muertos guest chef dinner
November 8: Gisselle Wellman (Top Chef Season 13) of Pacific Standard Kitchen
November 15: Brittany Cassidy of CDC Rustic Canyon
November 22: still open
November 29: Jeff Jackson of The Lodge at Torrey Pines
"Taco Tuesday Takeovers" run from 5 p.m. until close. The guest chefs will create three signature tacos. Customers can order these in addition to regular menu items. Since it's not a formal event, there's no start time, but reservations are suggested.
Galaxy Taco is located at 2259 Avenida De La Playa in La Jolla. You can make reservations by calling 858-228-5655 or on the website.