^ Jessey displays the fully reconstructed McGangbang that combines a full McDouble atop a McChicken. Watch video below.
It had been six months since I met him at the TBCB Week Tap Takeover and Benefit Concert at Thirty One West in Newark so I reintroduced myself when I called the other morning. I reminded Jessey how and when we met. How our conversation was all about food, working in restaurants, and, finally, food mashups. Jessey had agreed to take me on a fast food mashup excursion one day. That day had come.
Jessey Winkler is one of those people you can’t help but like right away. He’s funny and engaging. He is easy to share his bright smile. He’s also a really talented musician, audio technician, and artist. You will find him most days at Thirty One West or out performing with his bad This Nation Will Devour Us.
Jessey and I had found a connection in our shared memories of creating food mashups and the outrageous names that stuck with those new creations.
A FOOD MASHUP
A fast food mashup is when you combine items from a menu to create a new Frankenstein item. Mashups aren’t limited to fast food chains either, they emerge everywhere and can involve a combination of items from different restaurants too.
Jessey and I pondered the likelihood that many popular food trends got their start because observant restaurant operators took notice to what their customers were doing with their orders. Think original Big Mac double decker burger, Doritos Locos Tacos, or KFC’s Double Down with its breaded fried chicken as the bun.
I remember mixing Slurpee flavors at 7-11 as a kid. It started out as just silliness, adding a shot of every flavor from the machine and ending with a brown sludge with no discernible flavor. But, in time, we honed our craft and created great combinations. Jessey swears that the blending of Mountain Dew and Hawaiian Punch he made growing up in Newark was the inspiration for Code Red.
Whether food mashups begin out of boredom or inspiration, you can end up we some really good sandwiches and other concoctions.
Jessey started rattling off names like “Apple Pie a la Mode”, crumbling fried apple pie into a vanilla milkshake. Or “Brown Chicken Brown Cow” (intoned like a guitar lick), a sandwich stack of a McDonalds hashbrown patty, McChicken patty, another hashbrown patty, and finally a burger. Today’s adventure didn’t include these, or even a “Freegan Salad.” Today Jessey was constructing a McGangbang and a Red Headed Slut. Mashups that clearly got their names from construction site crews.
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^ Be sure to have a listen to Shark, the recent album release from This Nation Will Devour Us.