Oyamel Tequila & Mezcal Festival — March 18-30
I was at Oyamel with Tim the other night and when we’d finished dessert and the server was teasing us about whether we had any room left — we didn’t. He offered tequila and I mentioned that I love tequila. He told us about an upcoming tequila event the latter half of this month and it looks to be great. A lot of guided tastings and samples and near the end of the month, a 7-course tequila dinner!
I know a lot of people have many types of memories associated with tequila, a lot of them bad. I’ve overcome most of those and find it hard to imagine having good mexican food or sometimes tapas without a nice margarita. The tequila makes it a lot easier to handle the hot & spicy. I’m mostly curious about the tequila dinner, but the other events look good as well. I’ve never been to a tequila tasting, so it might be interesting to pick up tips from the professionals and see the differences between some top-shelf brands.
Tequila & Mezcal Festival
March 18-30, 2008
Guests can sample some of the highest quality tequila and mezcal, the product of agave plants, with special tastings featuring premier producers Siembra Azul, Casa Noble and Del Maguey.
These spirits will also be featured in tequila and mezcal flights, specialty cocktails and special menu items.
Tuesday, March 18, 6:30 to 8:30 PM
Guided tasting with Siembra Azul’s Master Distiller, Leopoldo Solis. $25 per person. Reservations required. Call (202) 628-1005 to reserve.
Thursday, March 20, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Sample Del Maguey’s rare, unblended mezcals with company founder Ron Cooper.
Tuesday and Wednesday, March 25 and 26, 5:00 to 7:00 PM
Join Otto Hoerning, the president of Casa Noble, for tasting of his company’s premium tequilas.
Thursday, March 27, 7:30 PM
Seven-course tequila dinner with David Suro Piñera of Siembra Azul. $75 per person (does not include tax and gratuity). Reservations required. Call (202) 628-1005 to reserve
There’s more detailed information on each evening’s offerings at Oyamel’s website. Even if you don’t go for these events, Oyamel’s food is amazing and one of the better “small plates” meals I’ve had in a long time. I usually skip dessert as a rule, but the warm chocolate cake was to die for. And the best part about this is you can categorize it as a foodie event, so you aren’t getting drunk, you’re attending a tasting. 😉