At least that's the idea behind Tacos & Hip-Hop night at Subculture Coffee in West Palm Beach. Set to be a monthly event, the idea was born when South Florida DJ Selecta Steve — AKA Steven Pershad — glimpsed a YouTube video of people doing a music and burger night in Berlin.
"I thought it was a great idea and decided to pitch it to Subculture, but with tacos instead of burgers," says Pershad. "I mean, everyone loves tacos."
Subculture co-owner and roaster Sean Scott agreed. The two banded together and quickly sussed out a plan that would pair street-style tacos with fresh beats and house-made sangria one night each month.
The event is a fusion of local talent. Subculture Coffee will provide the outdoor alley space. DJ Selecta Steve will mix the beats all night long. A Camelot Yacht Club bartender will offer his homemade red and white sangria. Celis Produce owner Alex Celis will provide the locally grown, organic produce. And Zipitio's — a start-up food truck specializing in a Meso-American take on Mexican fare — will make the tacos.
Zipitio's was founded by an El Salvadorian family including cousins Ricky and Jean Perez, Paul Martinez, and Ricky's girlfriend, Niria Proa. The chef of the family, Jean, relocated from Orlando to launch the truck with his family; together, the trio have put a South American twist on the traditional Mexican taco, giving each take the authentic flavors of their homeland. Before they hit the streets, their menu can be sampled at Subculture's monthly Tacos & Hiphop night.
The menu will include the family's take on a number of authentic South American staples, including papusas and baleadas (a traditional Honduran dish composed of a thick flour tortilla folded in half and filled with mashed fried beans). For now, Zipitio's is launching with a series of tacos with hip-hop-happening names:
- The Flako Taco: Zipitio's signature vegetarian-vegan option that combines chipotle and spice-roasted portobello mushroom, green and red bell peppers, topped with a citrus-infused pickled cabbage slaw.
- The Pastor Troy: This taco goes the Southern rap route, Zipitio's traditional al pastor pork, garnished with cilantro and chopped white onion and finished with an insanely addictive creamy pineapple sauce otherwise known as "unicorns' tears."
- The Ether: Named after one of hip-hops most epic battles, this taco fuses carne asada steak with a flavor-packed yerbabuena-infused guacamole salsa verde sauce.
- The Project Pat: A slow-roasted chicken inspired by the Project Pat cult classic hit single "Chicken Head." Here, it's a hit with queso fresco, chopped onion and cilantro, and a finishing touch of yerbabuena citrus crema.
Tacos & Hip-Hop night will launch on Friday, June 26, starting at 8 p.m. at the Alley next door to Subculture Coffee Roasters in West Palm Beach. The event is free and open to the public. Visit the Facebook event page.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.