What to Know
- Friday, Jan. 26
- 7 p.m.
If you've ever been called to a meal at a chuck wagon, you might have listened first for that unmistakable peal of the metal triangle, that quintessential clang-clang-clang sound that can easily reach those on horseback a hill or two away.
But unless we're out on a ranch, we're probably not being summoned to supper at an on-wheels, biscuits-and-stew serve-'em-up. Life in the city, and far from the range, means our experiences of eating alongside a kitchen on wheels probably involves our favorite food truck, the one that parks outside our office building at lunchtime.
Be not blue, however, that you've never had this out-in-the-wide-open experience. The Autry Museum of the American West is ready to clang-clang-clang the ol' metal triangle, with the intention of hosting a food-focused night all about chuck wagons.
What to do, where to go and what to see
On the menu? Let's trot on over to the "Classic Trail" staples first, real stick-to-your-ribs type fare like porky pinto beans and overland trout-style bacon. For a Pacific Rim twist, there's charred jalapeño cornbread, and sourdough biscuits, too, complete with green curry butter and honey.
And to make a night devoted to the vittles of the Old West even sweeter, think dessert, and think boozy peach rice pudding or bourbon-brown butter cake.
Historical presentations will also give diners the back story on chuck wagons, so make time to hear from the knowledgeable experts calling upon the eat-and-learn event.
The cost, if you aren't a member of The Autry? It's $65.
The chuck wagon night is part of the museum's ongoing Flavor series, which is about food, yes, but also the deeper context of what a particular food style, or cooking method, or cuisine-related topic, meant within the larger looking-back picture.
No spurs or saddles are required on your part, just a good appetite and a curiosity about old-school chuck-wagon-y bites, and modern spins on the concept, too. Plus how the sustenance-server changed the course of history, one ladle of stew at a time.