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Taco Addicts needs a Caravan
By Amber Sturtz
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Taco Addicts Needs A Caravan
Project 2019-04-01 11:54:25 +1300
Taco Addicts is a small, local business serving taco lovers around Wellington. Mostly a one-woman show, the owner Amber Sturtz creates delicious Austin style, Tex-Mex tacos for you, right here in Wellington.
The emphasis is on fresh, seasonal and local ingredients available in New Zealand. We value environmental responsibility, composting, and recycling whenever possible. We like to think we’re a food truck (currently without the truck) with a difference!
What makes Taco Addicts different?
Amber comes from Austin, Texas, and made New Zealand her home in 2005. During her career in travel & tourism, she dreamed of opening a taco truck in Wellington. She retrained to become a chef; worked in cafes, catering and a hotel, and in 2016 Taco Addicts was born.
My hometown of Austin is often considered the most taco-obsessed city in the USA. Throw a rock and you will most likely hit a taqueria.
A lot of people have this idea that Tex-Mex is yellow cheese and sour-cream, ground beef and crispy taco shells. This isn't what Tex-Mex is to me. It's fresh, it's delicious, it's inspired by Mexico but it uses what is locally available.
Lots of people ask - how are Austin style tacos different from those in Mexico?
Texas is close to Mexico, with a large Hispanic and Latin population, so it draws a lot of influence from various regions of Mexico. However it has developed its own distinct taco culture. In Texas you can get a BBQ taco because Texans love BBQ. Also, tacos in Austin are often served on a flour tortilla.
Here in NZ, I’ve tried to create a similar vibe, with a menu that always offers at least two plant-based options, because I was raised mostly vegetarian and love playing with my vegetables. With Canterbury-grown wheat available here in NZ, we hand-make all of our tortillas. At events, we offer the option of a plain flour, wholemeal flour, or a corn tortilla (gluten free, yo) to contain your choice of fillings. The flour tortillas we make can also be bought at Moore Wilsons, along with the Salsa Roja that we put on all tacos.
Everything is handmade – from the tortilla to the salsa; to the spice mix on the “choriz-no”; to the shredded brisket; to the vegan taco sauce. If we can’t make it, e.g. feta, we try and find a great supplier who can, e.g. Zany Zeus. We support local. We try to find the best ingredients. We only use free-range meat. We offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free and omnivore options.
I’ve never seen them before – Where is Taco Addicts?
Taco Addicts started by delivering ready to eat tacos to office workers during lunch times. Then we tried out the Underground Market below Frank Kitts Park. We moved to the Friday Night Market in Left Bank; as well as joining the Vegan Vault when it began two years ago. We set up at events such as Newtown Festival, Kapiti Food Fair, Aro Valley Fair, Cuba Dupa, Out in the Park, Karori Karnival, the Vegan Expo, etc.
Faces of Taco Addicts
Taco Addicts has been operating for 2½ years out of gazebos. This is exhausting! Tables, gazebos, weights, water, pans, burners, LPG bottles, Bain Maries, chilly bins full of food – all this needs to be loaded into a car, unloaded at the other side, set up, packed down, unloaded again. It can require two hours of set up and pack down at each event we do. Not to mention a breeze, the rain, the gale force winds that try and steal the gazebo while we’re trying to serve your tacos!
Why do we want your money and where will it go?
We believe it’s time to make the move to bigger premises! We need a taco caravan! We want to keep most things the same – bring you the same awesome tacos, at the same wonderful events. However, with a caravan, we can bring you more tacos more often. We can offer Taco Tuesday lunch days around Wellington! We can save Amber’s body and wallet from hours of physio and acupuncture (leaving more time to make tacos)! We can create a job and hire a real person!
We have most of the equipment from under the gazebo. We need the caravan, as well as a bit of extra dosh to get it branded with the Taco Addicts slogan ‘seven days without a taco makes one weak’ as well as some colourful, eye-catching glitter (without the glitter because that is environmentally harmful). We’d also like to outfit the caravan with solar power to make it as energy efficient as possible.
Breakdown of your pledge money:
Outfitting caravan for tacos $2000
Reward costs $3500
Solar panel outfit $3000 (stretch goal!)
(We know this doesn't add up - some of the above costs will come from us!)
In exchange for your hard earned cash, we’ve got 10-trip taco cards, ethically made aprons, take-home taco kits, salsa and tortillas, tote bags, the naming rights to new tacos, lunch delivery, cooking classes, wedding catering and more rewards to say THANKS WHANAU.
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2019-04-25 21:35:57 +1200
"Love those tacos!"
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"Go Girl! I've been watching you from afar and hope to visit. I'm glad you included me in the email blast. Best of luck. Love, Arni"
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"Best of luck Amber! Drive the caravan to Hamilton. We are hungry !!"
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"I love Amber's tacos!"
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"Good luck funding the caravan! Love your vegan tacos !! <3"
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"Rock on Amber! "
2019-04-22 10:45:24 +1200
"you go gurlfriend! <3"
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"Cannot wait to try the chai!"
2019-04-17 15:45:44 +1200
"A Caravan would be amazing for you. You can focus on doing the mahi instead of battening down the hatches."
2019-04-17 11:17:54 +1200
"Go Taco Addicts!"
2019-04-16 21:17:11 +1200
"Looking forward to vege jerk tacos from your new truck soon!"
2019-04-16 17:09:33 +1200
"Good Luck - looking forward to checking out the Taco Truck next time I'm in Wellie"
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"Also, we have lots of olive trees in our backyard ;)"