In December of 2012, The Fat Falafel food truck opened its windows serving falafel sandwiches, platters, and French fries on the streets of New Orleans. Owners and Chefs Theresa Galli and Gavin Cady established The Fat Falafel with the goal of creating delicious, affordable, and socially responsible street food.
The core of their passion for the five thousand year old staple originates from the simplicity of the falafel ball. It all just makes sense to them. Falafel is delicious. It's creamy and crunchy. It's fried and healthy. It is an early morning snack or a late night bite. Best of all, it pairs well with French fries. The couple could not come up with a better idea, and they could not be more excited to share The Fat Falafel with all of New Orleans.
Theresa Galli is the vegetable whisperer, and CEO of The Fat Falafel. She moved to New Orleans from Colorado where she frolicked in the mountains and studied economics at Colorado College. Theresa has been cooking since 2nd grade when her mother decided that she was done packing school lunches. Since then, she has honed her skills working on Venetucci Farm in Colorado and on farms throughout Northern Italy. After moving to New Orleans, Theresa worked at Patois until she decided it was time to bring falafel to the streets.
Gavin Cady is the falafel sculptor, the fry whiz, and the other CEO of The Fat Falafel. Gavin grew up in New York City and fell in love with the chickpea fritter early on in life. After working with RonnyBrook Dairy and the farmers markets, and he landed his first restaurant job at Flatbush Farms in Brooklyn. Gavin moved to Colorado and received a degree in Drama at Colorado College. Still, his heart kept telling him to pursue his romance with food, which drew him east to the Big Easy. There he found John Besh's Domenica and worked under the auspicious eyes of Chef Alon Shaya and Sous Chef Phil Mariano. Still, he dreamed of falafel, leading him to throw in the towel at Domenica and create The Fat Falafel.