Chelsea Madren aka OC Food Diva: Johnsonville's The Sausage Dome Champion, World Food Championships E.A.T. Certified Food Judge, KCBS Certified BBQ Judge, Brand Ambassador, Culinary Researcher, Food & Travel Critic, Food Competitor, and Recipe Developer
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Prix Fixe Brunch at SoCo Farmers’ Market was a culinary masterpiece
On Saturday, March 10, 2012, the first Orange County gourmet food truck brunch took place the SoCo Farmers’ Market in Costa Mesa, CA. Two of the finest chefs on the OC gourmet food truck scene, Chef Joe Youkhan and Chef Carlos Salgado, put on their chef coats to engineer a culinary masterpiece before our very eyes. The day was perfect – sun was shining with absolutely clear skies as far as you could see, just a few mild gusts of wind. The brunch patrons had their own reserved seating under canopies. Even though the plateware and flatware were disposable in nature, the event was treated as if it were taking place at a white linen restaurant. The plates were shaped just like you would have in a 5-star restaurant, white with beveled edges. The flatware even had a metallic appearance. Bottled water and a variety of “Rob’s Really Good” drinks were served – Cucumber Drink, Half & Half (tea and lemonade), Mango Mon (my personal favorite), and Blueberry Iced Tea.
We watched as the Taco Maria truck shut down its ordering window and eagerly awaited the first course. Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon tempted fate and remained opened during the brunch. Our party of four was salivating with anticipation.