The Urban Chuck Wagon

Between the years of 1848 and 1850, an estimated 75,000 people traveled to California in covered wagons in search of a better life.  

People decided to make the journey west for a variety of reasons. Many left to find new opportunities... chasing gold after it was discovered in California, while others heard that California had a healthier climate and wanted to leave diseases back east. Still, others came for religious freedom, for an adventure or because of "manifest destiny" the belief that Americans should occupy the country coast to coast. 

Whatever the reason, people came.  They made their way on the California Trail traveling in wagons for 3 and 6 months at a time moving only about 10 and 20 miles per day.  Some wagon trains didn't even travel on Sunday.  They traveled in packs, and always traveled with a chuck wagon, a type of "field kitchen" covered wagon historically used for the storage and transportation of perishable food and cooking equipment on the prairies

In fact, the first Los Angeles food trucks were inspired by the chuck wagons of the open range and appeared as horse-drawn wagons as early as the 1880s. Operated mostly by immigrants, these multicultural dining experiences introduced the city to many of our beloved dishes. Before this, the first chuck wagon was created in 1866 when a Texas cattleman bolted a cupboard onto the back of an army wagon. On the trail, these rolling kitchens fed the cowboys at the cattle company’s expense, about four cents per head. A good cook could transform cheap ingredients into something worth eating, and cowboy cooks gained their reputations based on their level of culinary skill.

In honor of the Chuck Wagon, the Autry Museum is paying honor to them with an event they call The Urban Chuck Wagon: 100 Years of Food Truck Fare a new tasting event coming to The Autry on February 23!

About the event:

Whet your appetite as you enjoy cuisine inspired by the grand tradition of the chuck wagon!

Tickets include plates from multiple food stations, access to the galleries and garden, and presentations by chefs and food history experts.

Here are the details:

Friday, February 23, 2018, 7:00 p.m. at the Autry in Griffith Park
The Autry Museum of the American West
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, 90027
$55 Autry Members /$65 Nonmembers
Space Is Limited / Reservations Recommended

For Reservations, click HERE

Chuck Wagons: The First Food Trucks is particularly suited to The Autry, a museum devoted to the history of the American West...and that is why we ❤️you!!!
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