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  • Mama’s Cantina is open! 05.24.16

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    Mama’s Cantina is now open! Bask in the familiar Mama’s aura while enjoying the updated interior and new bar, now located at the front of the restaurant.

     

    The bar features a selection of 40 tequilas, scratch and blended margaritas, an array of mezcals, cervezas and microbrews on tap. Don’t miss the new frozen margarita machine for the perfect cold cocktail to sip on the outdoor patio all summer! Available in watermelon, mango or peach.

     

    Heading the kitchen at Mama’s Cantina is Chef Jenny Izaguirre, originally from Honduras with years spent as a chef in Los Angeles. She’s created a menu that adds an international twist on classic Mexican dishes that take inspiration from the street foods of Mexico City and Los Angeles. All sauces, salsas, chips and tortillas are also made in house now!

     

    Chef Jenny’s exciting new menu includes Mojo Pork, made from a whole pig that she will slow roast weekly. She’s brought in Wagyu Steak to add rich flavor to dishes like “The Elvis” Burrito and the Wagyu Skirt Steak Quesadilla. There is also seafood with Mini Crab and Halibut Ceviche Tostadas, and her Halibut Poke Tostada, creative veggie options like the Crispy Avocado Black Beans Taco and a delicious Korean inspired quesadilla served with kimchi and house molcajete salsa.

     

    For more information, visit mamascantina.com or call 206.728.6262. Mama’s Cantina is located at 2234 2nd Avenue, Seattle.

     

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  • Northwest Tequila Fest Returns for its Fourth Annual Celebration, April 22-23! 04.13.16

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    Northwest Tequila Fest, the largest tequila and mezcal tasting event in the Pacific Northwest, is returning for a two-day event April 22-23 at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood!

    The fourth annual event will feature 140 tequilas, mezcals, and sotols, as well as beer and cocktails, food from Seattle area restaurants and live mariachi music. There will be additional festivities including:

    Educational agave seminars from renowned tequila experts Carlos Camarena of el Tesoro tequila and Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila.
    •An onsite retail shop for festival-goers to purchase their favorite agave spirits represented at the event, with proceeds going to The Benevolent Guild of Seattle.
    Seattle-area bartenders presenting their best agave cocktails to a panel of judges.

    Participants include producers large and small, such as crowd favorites Don Pilar, Casa Noble, and Wahaka Mezcal; newcomers Suerte, Orendain, and Mezcal Amaras; and industry standards including Patron, Don Julio and Tres Generaciones.

    Tickets for the festival are being sold in three levels, ranging from $49 to $99 with VIP access and 1-2 day admission. Get your tickets here.

    For those that want to ensure they’re doing their part on Earth Day (April 22), Northwest Tequila Fest will be doing ITS part to reduce waste by providing water stations instead of water bottles, all-glass drinkware, compostable dinnerware, and recyclable beer cans instead of bottles.

    A portion of all ticket sales benefit The Benevolent Guild of Seattle, a non-profit group committed to assisting children’s charities and support groups in the Puget Sound area. Additionally, proceeds from sales of the festival’s retail area, in which all festival products will be sold, will also benefit The Benevolent Guild.

    Learn more about the festivities at www.nwtequilafest.com.

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  • The Wait is Finally Over – NW Tequila Fest is Tomorrow! 08.08.14

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    The weekend you’ve been waiting for all summer is finally here – tomorrow, Saturday August 9 is the third annual NW Tequila Fest!

    If 140 tequilas and mezcals isn’t enough to persuade you to attend, how about agave cocktails, beer, food, live entertainment and the chance to buy any of the 140 spirits on-site, tax-free!

    Speaking of cocktails, get ramped up for tomorrow by visiting one (or more) of the five bars featured in Zagat Seattle’s list of top 5 agave cocktails in Seattle! You can also learn more about the festival here and from KOMO and Seattle Refined here.

    Get your tickets online today starting at $45, or tomorrow at the door for $55.

    We look forward to seeing you with your favorite sipping tequila or mezcal in hand tomorrow! It’s all for a good cause – Seattle’s Benevolent Guild.

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  • For the Love of Agave! Buy Your Tickets Now for Northwest Tequila Fest, Aug. 9! 07.17.14



    Mark your calendar and prepare yourselves! The 3rd Annual Northwest Tequila Festival is returning to Seattle, August 9. The Northwest’s largest event dedicated solely to agave is taking place at Phinney Neighborhood Center, 3 to 8 p.m., with VIP access beginning at 2 p.m. Enjoy a day full of tequila and mezcal tasting (of course!), traditional Mexican bites, live entertainment, and more!

    Save $10 by purchasing your tickets online rather than at the door! GA tickets grant you a tasting cup and 8 tokens to sample agave spirits, beer and cocktails. VIP Respoda and Añejo tickets are available online only. If you’re interested in receiving a Glencairn Glass, extra tokens, early entry, or an exclusive private tasting with renowned tequila expert Clayton Szczech, consider upping to VIP! Extra tokens will be available for sale at the event. Don’t drink? Be an amazing friend and purchase designated driver tickets for $10 at the door.

    Sample tequila from over 140 brands, including tastes from last year’s “2013 Best in Show” winners: Tequila Celestial and Wahaka Mezcal. There will be live music to entertain guests throughout the event and food provided by Poquitos, Agave, and Call Restaurants. Be sure to watch out for the cocktail competition on the main stage! The city’s best bartenders put forth their agave cocktails, which have been whittled down to a few finalists who will present their spirit concoctions at the event for the chance to win a trip to Mexico.

    A portion of all ticket sales benefit the Seattle Benevolent Guild, a non-profit group committed to assisting children’s charities and support groups in the Puget Sound area. Additionally, proceeds from sales of the festival’s tax-free retail area, in which all festival products will be sold, will also benefit Seattle Benevolent Guild.

    Tickets for the festival are sold in two package levels:
    Blanco – General Admission, $45 ($55 at the door): includes a souvenir tasting cup, 8 tasting tokens to sample tequila, mezcal, beer and cocktails.

    Reposado – VIP level, $65 (presale only): includes a Glencairn tasting glass, 10 tasting tokens, and early entry (2 p.m.) the day of the festival.

    *Sold Out – Anejo – VIP level with education, $125 (Only 35 tickets available & presale only!): A must for the serious agave lover, get a Glencairn tasting glass, 12 tasting tokens, early VIP entry (2 p.m.) the day of the festival, plus an exclusive pass to a Friday, Aug. 8 VIP tasting with certified tequila expert Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila.

    Stop by the Northwest Tequila Festival and enjoy a little slice of Mexico right in the heart of Seattle!

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  • GET YOUR NORTHWEST TEQUILA FEST TICKETS TODAY! 05.05.14

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    Each summer, Northwest Tequila Fest brings a little slice of Mexico to the Pacific Northwest for a day of sunshine, cocktails, traditional music, and of course, agave spirits. The third annual event takes place at Phinney Neighborhood Center in Seattle on Aug. 9, 3 to 8 p.m. with VIP access beginning at 2 p.m. Ticket sales for this uniquely Mexican event kick off, and largest tequila and mezcal tasting in the Northwest—fittingly is today, May 5 (Cinco de Mayo) at www.nwtequilafest.com. For those who buy tickets today, use code CINCO10 for the first 24 hours and get $10 off!

    The event will feature around 140 tequilas and mezcals, beer from Tecate and Dos Equis, cocktails, and food from Agave, Poquitos and Calle Restaurants. Live music from Mariachi Fiesta Mexicana and Supersones rings in even more celebration.

    Tequila, the first distilled spirit of the Americas, is made exclusively from the Weber Blue agave under the supervision of the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT) under the Mexican government. Like Champagne or Bourbon, Tequila is a product of specific origin (mainly Jalisco and several others). Aging and finishing techniques add further nuances, which festival exhibitors help navigate. Mezcal, conversely, is made almost always from the Espadin agave (a small portion from indigenous Oaxacan agave varieties). Most distillers of Mezcal are smaller and relatively unknown, bringing the spirit a current underground cult following amongst Seattle-area bartenders. Mezcal, being distilled only once, is known for a more rugged taste than tequila. The festival sheds light on this emerging spirit.

    Participants include such producers as El Tesoro, Don Julio, Los Altos, Cazadores, and returning best Mezcal winner Wahaka Mezcal (as voted by 2013 NWTF attendees).

    Tickets for the festival are sold in three package levels:

    Blanco – General Admission, $45 ($55 at the door): includes a souvenir tasting cup, 8 tasting tokens to sample tequila, mezcal, beer and cocktails.

    Reposado – VIP level, $65: includes a Glencairn tasting glass, 10 tasting tokens, and early entry (2 p.m.) the day of the festival.

    Anejo – VIP level with education, $125 (Only 35 tickets available!): A must for the serious agave lover, get a Glencairn tasting glass, 12 tasting tokens, early VIP entry (2 p.m.) the day of the festival, plus an exclusive pass to a Friday, Aug. 8 VIP tasting with certified tequila expert Clayton Szczech of Experience Tequila (time and location to be announced).* Szczech, who travels to production areas and works with the Tequila Regulatory Council in pursuit of constant education, embodies the philosophy that tequila should be sipped and savored, the history and culture observed and appreciated, and the region visited and absorbed.

    A portion of all ticket sales benefit the Seattle Benevolent Guild, a non-profit group committed to assisting children’s charities and support groups in the Puget Sound area. Additionally, proceeds from sales of the festival’s tax-free retail area, in which all festival products will be sold, will also benefit Seattle Benevolent Guild. Learn more about the festivities at www.nwtequilafest.com.

     

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