A new food truck joins the growing fleet next month: The Roadrunner, also known as Ashevile’s Pink Taco Truck. Marni Graves, a local architect — whose credits include the former Rocket Club and some pro bono work for the North Carolina Organic Bread Flour Project — is at the helm. Graves grew up in Arizona, where Native American reservations abound. She also lived in Mexico for a spell. Those regions have influenced her style of cuisine, which she describes as Southwestern with a Native American twist.
Her Navajo-style tacos feature Indian fry bread shaped into big-as-your-head edible bowls that she fills with adobo chicken, green-chili pork, barbecued beef or vegetarian fillings. She'll also turn out roasted-poblano queso and handmade tamales. Graves will also serve breakfast tacos and the dessert tacos, aka the "pink taco,” which some have speculated is suggestive.
Not so, says Graves. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Graves will donate part of the sales of each pink taco to Beauty Through Cancer, an Asheville-based nonprofit that offers support to female cancer patients and survivors with an emphasis on helping women maintain a positive self-image and confidence. "I'm trying to raise awareness and help women in the community as well," she says.
Graves and her truck will be up and running this week. Follow @PinkTacoTruck on Twitter for updates on her progress, or visit the Pink Taco Truck Facebook page.
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