The tangle pitted Jefe's Jack Garabedian against B.C. Taco's Bret and Rick Chiavari in a battle royale hosted and moderated by chef Allen Susser.
Each taco truck had 15 minutes and a choice of ingredients to make two tacos -- a hard-shell and a soft-shell, each with a different flavor profile. Chef Allen then announced a secret ingredient that had to be used in each taco: Patrón tequila!
As the clock started, the chefs gathered their chosen ingredients from tables stocked with vegetables, oils, greens, and proteins. Then it was time to cook.
Pans sizzled and tequila flowed as the chefs worked their magic in just 15 minutes. When time was called, the contestants presented their tacos to the judges.
Rick Chaivari (B.C. Tacos) offered a turkey meatball taco with tequila-pickled vegetables and a margarita shrimp taco.
Jack Garabedian (Jefe's Original Fish Taco and Burger) submitted a coconut pork soft taco with potato and tequila slaw and a lobster achiote taco with tequila and butter in a blue-corn shell.
Though both trucks performed admirably, there could be only one winner. After much anticipation, it was announced that B.C. Tacos took the title and the glory.
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Friday, October 21
Rocktoberfest at Riverwalk in Fort Lauderdale from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. Outdoor concert and beer sampling features food trucks, 30 vendors, and live music. $20 donation in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit Cyctic Fibrosis Foundation and Riverwalk Trust. Food trucks include Big Kahuna, Bite GastroTruck, Che Grill, Dim Ssäm à Gogo, Dog Eat Dog, Latin Burger, Nacho Bizness, Nacho Mama's, the Pork Shop, and Slow Food Truck. 400 SW Second St., Fort Lauderdale
End of the World Party at Tobacco Road. According to that crazy prophet, the world was supposed to end May 21. It didn't, so let's try again, shall we? Live music, DJs, and food trucks serving from 6 p.m. to midnight. Trucks include Dim Ssäm à Gogo, the Fish Box, gastroPod, Latin Burger, the MexZican Gourmet, Mr. Good Stuff, Pisano Food Company, Purple People Eatery, and Sugar Rush. Tobacco Road, 626 S. Miami Ave., Miami
Food trucks at Tamiami Park from 6 to 11 p.m. No pets or glass containers allowed. Trucks include Chamo's on Wheels, Churro Mania, Cold Stone Creamery, Daddy's Grill, the Flying Saucer, Grill Master Cafe, Gypsy Kitchen, Kitchen Kabab, Kona Ice, Latin House Grill, Lemon Man, Los Chamos, Malanga Cafe, Mangia Mia, Marly's Cafe, Masitas Gourmet, Mojo on the Go, Monster Burgers, Ms. Cheezious, Overload Extreme Street Food, Palate Party, Pardo's Grill Cafe, Perros Express, Pig Out, the Red Truck, El Rincón del Coquí, Sir Mixx a Lot, Sugar Rush, Tango Grill, Veggie Express, and Yo Mama's Paella & Seafood. Tamiami Park, 10901 Coral Way, Miami
Saturday, October 22
Food Trucks at PSN Town Center in Hialeah from 3 to 9 p.m. Trucks include 90 miles,
Big Kahuna, the MexZican Gourmet, the Pit Stop, the Red Truck, El Rey de la Paella, El Rincón del Coquí, and Sugar Rush. 17670 NW 78th Ave., Hialeah
Fun Fair to benefit Vent Love, an organization that raises funds to help individuals with respiratory difficulties. DJs, clowns, face painting, and food trucks from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per child. Trucks include Cold Stone Creamery, Happy Greek's Chef on 4 Wheels, Ice Miami, Masitas Gourmet, Mega Munchies, Monster Burgers, Tango Grill, and
Wrap It Up. CCC Preschool, 14920 SW 67th St., Miami
Food trucks at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach from 5 to 10 p.m. Trucks include B.C. Tacos, Big Kahuna, Bite GastroTruck, Catered Bliss, Divan Bakery, Dog Eat Dog, Moty's Grill, On the Slide, Overload Extreme Street Food, Papa's Tapas, Philly Grill, the Pit Stop, and Taco Fresh. The Isle Casino, 777 Isle of Capri Cir., Pompano Beach
Food trucks in Oakland Park from 6 to 9 p.m. adjacent to Big Dog Saloon (which means booze for sale). Trucks include Jefe's Original Fish Taco, Latin Burger & Taco, Miso Hungry, Moty's Grill, Nacho Mama's, Slow Food Truck, and Sugar Yummy Mama. 3148 NE 12th Ave., Oakland Park