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Geer Street Garden offering samples Tuesday at noon in first Taste of West Union

<p>The first West Union vendor will offer make-your-own tacos on the BC Plaza at noon Tuesday, rain or shine.</p>

The first West Union vendor will offer make-your-own tacos on the BC Plaza at noon Tuesday, rain or shine.

Students will be able to sample fare from the first vendor to open in the new West Union—Devil’s Krafthouse—on the Bryan Center plaza Tuesday beginning at noon.

The event will be the first in a series, called Taste of West Union, that will spotlight each of the recently announced West Union vendors. Geer Street Garden—the vendor that will operate Devil’s Krafthouse—will open in February 2016 and be the first venue in the renovated West Union to do so. Andy Magowan, chef and owner of Geer Street Garden, will be serving make-your-own tacos in a buffet-style cart and will be able to feed approximately 500 students, wrote Barbara Stokes, assistant director of dining operations, in an email.

The event is set to occur rain or shine, as it will take place under the cover of a tent, Stokes added.

Senior Brian Taylor, chair of Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee, explained that the well-known Durham restaurant and bar stood out for its pub-style food and ability to fit in with the campus dining scene.

“We wanted it to be a mix of somewhere you could go for dinner, but also somewhere you could go hang out and watch a show, football game or basketball game,” Taylor said.

The event will feature carnitas, grilled chicken and black beans along with various add-ons such as pico de gallo, sour cream and pickled carrots.

Taylor noted that the menu for Devil’s Krafthouse is not set, so student feedback at the event could influence what is ultimately served in the West Union.

“It’s a chance for students to see the work that we’ve been putting in and that West Union wasn’t shut down for naught,” Taylor said. “I hope to learn from students what they think of each option and what they’d like to see from each vendor.”

The dates for the “Taste of West Union” series are as follows, with West Union locations in parentheses:

Sept. 29—Geer Street Garden and The Boot (Devil’s Krafthouse)

Oct. 27—Sitar Indian Cuisine (Tandoor)

Nov. 17—Sushinara (Gyotaku)

Dec. 8—Enzo’s Pizza (Il Forno)

Jan. 26—Three Seasoning Catering (The Farmstead and Sprout)

Feb. 23—Saladelia (Café)

March 29—Campus Coffee of Durham (Skillet Southern Cookery, JB’s Roast & Chops, The Chef’s Kitchen and The Commons)

TBD—Au Bon Pain