Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort food truck is owned and operated by the husband and wife duo of Chef Daniel Carter and Allison Luthe Carter. We are always on the truck and managing your catering event to ensure you are getting great food the way our recipes are intended.
Chef Dan has thirty+ years experience in a professional kitchen. He started as a dishwasher while in high school in Greenville, Mississippi, and later attended culinary school at Paul Prudhomme’s in New Orleans. He has since opened the kitchens of various casinos and the Indianapolis downtown Marriott. While cooking for the Colts as the Executive Sous Chef at the Indianapolis Convention and RCA Dome, he also had the opportunity to oversee the meal preparation for President George W. Bush’s inauguration dinner in Washington, D.C. His experience of cooking for a party of two in their own home or 60,000 of President Bush’s closest friends, allows him to bring a creative home cooked menu to the food truck.
We hope you enjoy our food as much as we enjoy preparing it for you!
Alligator returns to First Friday Food Truck Fest
For Immediate Release: September 6, 2012
Contact Allison Carter (317) 771.8765
INDIANAPOLIS — Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort, a popular Indy food truck, will serve Alligator Po’Boys again this week at the First Friday Food Truck Festival. This will be the second time Alligator Po’Boys appear on the food truck’s menu, a rarity among Indianapolis restaurants.. “In June, the Alligator Po’Boys sold out before we could even take a picture, “ said Chef Dan, co-owner of Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort Food Truck. A Po’Boy is a Louisiana sub style sandwich served on a six inch french roll. Chef Dan’s Po’Boys feature lettuce, tomato and their own cajun mayo sauce. The menu frequently includes other po’boys, filled with catfish, shrimp, crawfish or andouille sausage.
Various sources say the “po’boy” sandwich got its name in 1929 when streetcar workers in New Orleans were on strike and frequented a local sandwich shop owned by former streetcar workers. The restaurant owner vowed to feed the striking workers, who were eventually called “po’boys”, short for poor boys at the height of the trike, when they appeared at the shop. The sandwich took on the name from there.
“We will marinate the Alligator for two days in straight mustard before using a yellow corn flour batter,” added Chef Dan. He discovered mustard was the best marinade to make the Alligator tail pieces tender and juicy with great flavor while cooking back home in Mississippi before attending culinary school in New Orleans.
Chef Dan moved to Indianapolis in 1999 and cooked for 60,000 of President Bush’s closest friends at the 2004 Presidential Inauguration and the Indianapolis Colts while running the kitchen at the Indianapolis Convention Center and RCA Dome. Chef Carter was also part of the opening of the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott and oversaw the Champions Restaurant before his departure. He has brought has diverse experience to the Indy food truck scene serving a flavorful combination of soul food and cajun food. Chef Dan’s Southern Comfort Food Truck and Catering can be found online at chefdansindy.com and on Facebook or Twitter @ChefDansIndy.