Friday, August 11, 2017

Let's all eat at Israel's Delicias de Mexico Gourmet on Saturday, August 12.

Photo credit: Louisville Magazine.

If you're one of the 400 or so ticket-holders for Saturday's inaugural Taco Walk, a "signature event" for Develop New Albany, by all means enjoy yourself. Seriously. Go out there and have a good time, and whenever you see a DNA board member, ask him or her where all the money's going.

If you're not planning on Taco Walking and still need to eat at some point on Saturday, allow me to suggest that while it isn't located in the epicenter of downtown New Albany, Israel's Delicias de Mexico Gourmet (1515 E. Market Street) would be a great place to have a meal.

Anytime, but especially on Saturday.

As it was explained to me, the Taco Walk organizers deemed Chef Israel Landin's eatery to be too far away from the historic core to merit inclusion on the walk. When I asked one of them why Israel wasn't participating, I was told something to the effect of "well, because it's a walk."

Okay, fine. I've walked (and biked) miles for a great beer, but given the event's geographical rationale, that's probably irrefutable.

At the same time, it seems a shame, and perhaps even an embarrassment, to stage a Taco Walk and not include the gifted chef who, in point of actual fact, taught damn near all of us in New Albany just how wonderful Mexican food could really be.

Hence my unsolicited sales pitch on behalf of Chef Israel. If you're on the Taco Walk, wonderful. If not, consider showing Israel some love tomorrow. If DNA can't "send" you there, then NAC will.  

The Confidentials will be putting their money where my mouth is, circa 6:00 p.m.

Please consider doing the same.

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13 comments:

Randy Smith said...

Yet the accompanying scavenger hunt extends at least to Vincennes. Hmmmm.

The New Albanian said...

I didn't know that. But why would anything surprise us at this juncture?

Kelly Ott said...

You're both wrong (again). Strandz and Threadz donated an item. They are not on the scavenger hunt.

The New Albanian said...

Thanks for reading!

Jeremy Mitchell said...
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Jeremy Mitchell said...

Here is my unsolicited advice, NA Confidential. If you or Chef Israel take offense in not being included in the NA Taco walk, then order 400 or so tacos and walk (or bike) to the epicenter of downtown New Albany. Give the tacos to the Taco Walkers and show them what they would have otherwise missed. Then you go from looking like a whining baby to a city hero.

The New Albanian said...

This reply also has been removed by the author, but thanks for reading.

The New Albanian said...

Oops. To repeat: Thanks for reading. At NA Confidential, our goal is to market and deliver great products to our customers with exceptional service.

Jeremy Mitchell said...

Hmmm...I have a tough time understanding how this article aligns with your goal.

The New Albanian said...

For further and deeper reading: http://cityofnewalbany.blogspot.com/2017/08/whether-dna-gets-penny-5000-or-100000.html?m=1

The New Albanian said...

And I'm not sure what you're trying to say. I'm having dinner at Israel's and urged everyone who isn't at the Taco Walk to do the same. Even if there are 400 walkers, that leaves 36,000 NA residents in need of a meal. Chef Israel has great food. Where's the beef?

Jeremy Mitchell said...

I appreciate the back and forth and hope that you enjoy your dinner tonight. Your comment just above isn't quite representative of your blog. You didn't only invite the other 36k residents to dine with you. You attempted to pull this great event that people worked hard to orchestrate, that is having a great turnout, and that is great for the downtown area into your "beef" with the NDA. And then to reference the event as a shame or an embarrassment for not including a restaurant outside of the geographic area of the event seems like a dramatic and unnecessary overstep. But again, the event is rolling on and successful and I hope that you have an enjoyable evening.

The New Albanian said...

By the way, I stole the NAC mission statement from Sysco: http://www.sysco.com/about-sysco/mision-vision-and-strategy.html