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Any taco caterers that use sustainable meat?

edie Jul 20, 2010 11:43 AM

Hi hounds,

I'm planning my wedding on a budget and was wondering if there are any taco caterers that use sustainable meat (grass-fed beef, hormone-free chicken, etc.). Or could it work if I bought the meat and paid them for their services to cook it? The only one I know of is La Sirena Grill but, from my one experience, it was too watered down for me. I'd love something in the style of Chichen Itza Restaurant.


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    granadafan Jul 20, 2010 11:14 PM

    Forgive the ignorant and possibly stupid question, but how is meat sustainable? The animal is dead. Isn't grass fed or hormone-free meat "organic" rather than sustainable (ie., reusable)?

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    1. re: granadafan
      Servorg Jul 21, 2010 05:48 AM

      While an off topic subject for the LA board - you can find a lot of information by doing a search via Google: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sour...

    2. Das Ubergeek Jul 20, 2010 01:04 PM

      SoHo Tacos.

      And why don't you ask the folks at Chichén Itzá? The worst that happens is they say no.

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      1. re: Das Ubergeek
        edie Jul 20, 2010 10:14 PM

        Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

        Das Ubergeek - Have you personally tried Soho Tacos? They seem to be fairly new on the scene, but reviewed favorably. This is something I might consider.

        1. re: edie
          Das Ubergeek Jul 23, 2010 10:40 PM

          I seem to keep missing them. I'll post when I try them. Gustavo tried them and thought they were awesome, which... impresses me.

        2. re: Das Ubergeek
          Mattapoisett in LA Jul 23, 2010 11:22 PM

          I would second trying to talk to Gilberto @ Chichén. They do a lot of catering and might be able to work something in your range. We were very close to having our LA reception in what was to be the renovated patio behind their 6th street restaurant but that never got renovated and the 6th street restaurant was too small for our reception and we hand no venue where they could cater. So we went somewhere else.

          Chichen Itza
          3655 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

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          condiment Jul 20, 2010 12:25 PM

          Probably not the answer you were looking for, but the Border Grill truck uses sustainable meat - and the tacos are great.

          Border Grill
          1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

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          1. re: condiment
            maudies5 Jul 20, 2010 10:55 PM

            I attended a party catered by Border Grill just last weekend. I thought the food and service was dreadful. The only dish worth eating was the corn tamale, served in a cone.
            The consensus of the guests was that the Border Grill catering was uniformly terrible.

            Border Grill
            1445 4th St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

            1. re: maudies5
              condiment Jul 24, 2010 05:05 PM

              And the food at the BG-catered event I went to the other night was pretty splendid - really fine ceviche, poblano quesadillas, tacos pibil, tres leches, etc.

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            Jack Flash Jul 20, 2010 12:22 PM

            I'm pretty sure that this operation uses grass-fed beef.


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