TROY — Remember, Remember, The fifth of November, amigo.
Starting right about now, America is designating what the Brits call Guy Fawkes Day as National Quesadilla Day. And, the method behind the man’s madness who started it all, it falls perfectly in line with honoring the Mexican dish.
“It’s the halfway point to Cinco de Mayo,” said Dan Frament, owner of Muddaddy Flat Quesadillary in Troy. He’s the brainchild behind the latest designation pairing calendar day with food specialty, joining coffee (Sept. 29), ice cream (July 16), cake (Nov. 26) and many more.
The event had been celebrated by Troy’s local restaurants the past two years with their own inspired dishes. Frament has been supported by the Downtown Troy Business Improvement District, local eateries and retail shops, and national eateries, too. In short time, communities throughout the U.S. have participated in the effort, from California, New Mexico and Texas.
“I started National Quesadilla Day because it didn’t exist,” said Frament. “With all the various food days, this was not among them. Quesadillas are usually left as an appetizer or add on item. I thought it was time this bridesmaid became a bride.”
As National Quesadilla Day enters its third year, it is again joined by the town of Idyllwild Calif., celebrating as a town wide event, the town of Redford, Ill. and the Island of St. Maarten, in addition to various restaurants in Ohio, Texas, New Mexico and Rhode Island, working to bring Frament’s vision to fruition. This year, local participating restaurants include Muddaddy Flats, The Daily Grind, The Ruck, O’Briens Public House, Browns Brewing Co., Café Delicious, Illium Café, Troy Cantina, Manory’s Restaurant, Finnbars Pub, B-Rads Bistro, Bootleggers Bar & Grill, The Sage Colleges, Psychedelicatessen and Ryan’s Wake showcasing their own renditions of the quesadilla.
The event is an opportunity for members of the community to show off what they can do with a specific item, all at the same time.” He also hopes that “the event continues to grow, maybe even to the point of National Coffee Day or National Chocolate Day. Where people take the challenge to create something they normally wouldn’t think of. Plus, it’s a lot of fun. People have been joining in all across the country. My favorite is Idyllwild, California. Just like here in Troy, the community celebrates. What if everyone had the same special for one day? The possibilities are endless.”
Businesses throughout the downtown Troy area are offering special discounts to shoppers who stop in showing a receipt of a quesadilla purchase from a participating restaurant. This year’s participating shops include Flowers by Pesha, Aurora’s Boutique, Forage & Sundry, Troy Shirt Co., Rare Form Brewing, 1st Playable, Troy Dance Factory, Truly Rhe, Funcycled, The Art Center, Trojan Horse Antiques, Blue Bird Home Décor, Henry Loves Betty, Troy Cloth & Paper, “Event Stroll” by Gavant Software, Culinary Square and Collar City Sweet Shoppe.
As the day nears, Muddaddy Flats is hosting a contest for the best quesadilla recipe and name. The winner’s recipe will be the daily special in the restaurant on Saturday, Nov. 5. Previous winners included the “Cool Ham Luke,” featuring honey ham, caramelized onions, apples, and honey mustard on cheddar-jack cheese and before that “The Waldorf,” with chicken, bacon, apples, craisins, and chipotle mayo on cheddar-jack cheese. Those interested in submitting a quesadilla recipe can do so by contacting Muddaddy Flats via email at [email protected] or send a Facebook message to the Muddaddy Flats page at www.facebook.com/MuddaddFlats.
Michael Hallisey is managing editor of Spotlight Newspapers.