Word came over the wires last night (actually over email) that, as promised, La Cocina’s Chaac Mool trailer would be doing a test run Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, in Hayes Valley at the nascent Proxy development. Husband and wife team Maria de la Luz and Luis Vazquez have been working on the food for Chaac Mool over several years, first out of their Tenderloin apartment and later as part of La Cocina’s incubator program. Their food is regional Mexican and pre-Hispanic, and one of their signatures is their cochinita pibil, which comes from the Yucatan and is inspired by Vasquez’s grandmother. They’re now going to be the first vendors in what will be a repertory of food operations in La Cocina’s new twelve-by-eight-foot trailer, set to debut in Dolores Park in a month or so.
As La Cocina executive director Caleb Zigas earlier told Grub Street, they still haven’t set an exact date for the Dolores Park roll-out, and they’re prepared to face some backlash there from protesters who feel no one should be selling anything in the park (especially from a trailer), no matter how homespun, unless it’s pot truffles.
Those who aren’t already familiar with Chaac Mool from their appearances at the S.F. Street Food Fest or Off the Grid will have four days to try their stuff out in Hayes Valley, at the corner of Octavia and Linden Streets. This weekend, Chaac Mool will be opening the trailer operation on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and then from Sunday to Tuesday, they’ll be open noon to 7 p.m.
Below, this weekend’s menu.
Taco with Handmade Corn Tortilla (Cochinita Pibil,Vegetarian, Chicken “Relleno Negro”)
Nachos (Cochinita Pibil,Vegetarian, Chicken “Relleno Negro”)
Tamales “Brazo de Reina” (Vegetarian)
“Sope Soup” with Salad (Vegetarian guiso in sope “bowl”)