Perhaps the only other American city that can compete with New York on the abundance and variety of street food is Los Angeles. Angelenos would probably argue that their food truck culture is superior (most New York City street vendors operate out of carts). And yet with all that culinary diversity coming out of the moveable feasts of L.A.’s food trucks, from “RaginCajun On Wheels” to “Crepes Bonaparte” to “the Dimsum truck,” American Indian food was nowhere to be found.
“Auntie’s Fry Bread Gourmet Food Truck” is coming to city of Angels in a few weeks. The truck comes from the owners of Koyama Indian Tacos, which has operated at the Little Big Horn Days Festival in Montana for more than 20-years. The Koyama family has a special recipe for fry bread and fry bread tacos that has been a hit with locals and visitors alike, according to this press release.
Before the brains behind the food truck, Kate Koyama and Eric Evans, got this idea rolling, they first wanted to see if there was a market for American Indian fare in Los Angeles, believing there had to be considering the breadth of culinary delights available in the city. Using the online fundraising network “Kickstarter,” which allows artists, foodies, filmmakers and the like to post their projects on the site with a monetary amount they think they need to see their idea become reality. Then the community can choose to donate to the project (often small amounts, just lots and lots of people.) And this is how Koyama and Evans began, using their Kickstarter cash to open Auntie’s Fry Bread at various festivals, special events, and Farmer’s markets throughout the city.
The demand for what they call their “Native American fusion,” quickly overwhelmed their small booth, and thus the idea for a food truck was born. You’ll be able to follow them on both Facebook and Twitter, and if you live in the area or are just visiting, it would be worth it to track down their truck and have a taste of what Los Angeles has been missing all these years.