27. Brett Chiavari of BC Tacos
New Times' Best Of Broward-Palm Beach 2013 issue arrives June 13. To celebrate, Clean Plate Charlie is serving up 30 of our favorite tastemakers -- restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, and other foodies who make the South Florida food scene what it is. We'll start with number 30 and lead up to South Florida's number one. All previous Tastemakers are listed at the end of the post.
Brett Chiavari came onto the food-truck scene in May 2011. BC Tacos featured a prominent caveman logo, and each taco was named after a prehistoric theme (T-Rex, Encino Man, Cave Dweller). It could have been dismissed as a gimmick if not for the fact that the tacos were made fresh to order using high-quality ingredients. Chiavari and his truck were asked to participate in the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, won Miami New Times' Iron Fork competition, and was named one of the ten best taco food trucks in the U.S. by Mobile Cuisine.
With success comes expansion, and Chiavari is one of the first Broward food-truck owners to set their sights on a permanent location. BC Cafe just opened in Davie, and Chiavari is working on curating a collection of craft beers for the restaurant. From food truck to café to beyond, Chiavari's muse may be a caveman, but he's got his pulse on the future.
The most influential person in my career has been:
The most influential person would definitely have to be my dad. Being an executive chef, he has taught me so much throughout my career and has really become a mentor to me over the past two years of owning BC Tacos and now being my partner in BC Cafe.
When I'm alone and in need of comfort (and no one is there to watch or judge), the one food or drink I turn to is:
It would have to be a tie between chocolate-covered pretzels and Mojo Donut's bacon maple doughnut. That doughnut is phenomenal!
What does South Florida need more of?
South Florida needs more of eating local. Dining at the mom-and-pop shops, eating out at neighborhood restaurants, of course supporting your local food trucks, and not eating as much from the nationwide chains.
You get to vote one food or beverage trend off the island forever -- what is it?
Fast food definitely. It's all processed, it's all so bad for you, and it's what, being in a fast-casual business, we constantly get compared to. It's not even a comparison that should be made, but it happens all the time.
You have unlimited funds to open a restaurant or bar -- what's the name, and what do you serve?
I'm sticking with what I know and love, and that's tacos. BC Tacos isn't going anywhere, and we hope to have more popping up in the near future.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I hope to be overseeing multiple properties throughout South Florida and expand the BC brand throughout the country.
Dream dinner party for six: Who (living or dead) are you inviting?
My grandmother, first and foremost, so I can tell her about everything that has been happening and thank her for always being my number-one supporter. Then LeBron James, Anna Kendrick, Josh Duhamel, Roy Choi, and Tom Petty -- that would be a pretty entertaining dinner for sure.
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