Stockton Arena is kicking off the new seasons of Stockton Heat hockey and Stockton Kings basketball on Tuesday with a media night that includes a sampling of food from new vendors.
Dishes include “ChurWaffles” and “ChurWaffle and Chicken” by the Burgess Brothers of Sacramento.
A ChurWaffle is a combination of a — cue the fanfare — cornbread waffle and a churro. Fried chicken you already know.
“My twin brother Matthew decided he was going to share our grandmother’s cornbread recipe with the world,” said Don Burgess, a Sacramento firefighter.
Don is the business brains of the Burgess Brothers food business, which includes hotlinks and barbecue sauce. Matthew, a California Highway Patrol officer, is the innovative food guy.
The twins are identical, telegenic and popular in Sacramento, as is their food truck, and their product lines on Amazon, including supposedly fiery hot links, coming soon to an arena near you.
“So we packaged it,” Don continued. “We didn’t know you could make waffles from it,” until a friend’s suggestion. Matthew, in a burst of Cal-Mex inspiration, added churro spices.
“We asked our followers on social media what to call it and they came up with the ChurWaffle,” Don said.
Conceptually, this thing — an African-American grandmother’s secret cornbread recipe married to a popular Mexican treat — has Stockton written all over it.
But how does it taste? Media night, schmedia night. I drove to Sacramento’s Limelight Bar & Café. They serve ChurWaffles with whipped cream. Others places put links on them, or bacon, or ice cream. The ChurWaffle is welcoming by nature, a big tent, inclusive.
The miniature waffles taste richly of cornbread — they taste better than plain waffles — slightly crunchy in texture and sweet with the full-on churrosity of sugar and cinnamon.
Pretty darned good. For the chicken dish, the Burgess Brothers leave the sweet spices off the cornbread waffle.
When I mused aloud about the proper spirit with which to pair the ChurWaffle, a bartender suggested Moose Drool Ale. She was right, but then the ChurWaffle just seems to play well with others.
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