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Culinaria Invites You to Experience Agave Oct. 24-25


If you live in San Antonio, you probably have more than a passing acquaintance with tequila, thanks to our unofficial cocktail, the margarita.

Experience Agave runs Oct. 24-25.

Experience Agave runs Oct. 24-25.

But how much do you really know about tequila and the plant that it comes from, the agave?

The folks at Culinaria are hoping to broaden your education Oct. 24-25 as they present the first Experience Agave celebration.

The fun begins with the Essence of Mexico, which runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mana House, 1160 E. Commerce St.

The event is presented by the Tequila Interchange Project, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes agave-distilled spirits. Explore the origins and trajectory of tequila and the burgeoning spirits category, mezcal. Learn about the Denominations of Origin in Mexico, what types of tequila exist and how they are produced. Get acquainted with mezcal, a broader category of agave distillates. Examine the cultivation of agave, which dates back 10,000 years and the history of human use. The rise of tequila as a globally recognized spirit category and the recent rise of mezcal will be discussed.

Tickets are $35 apiece.

The Oct. 25 lineup begins with Maestros of Mexico from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Mana House, 1160 E. Commerce St.

Discuss the range of challenges faced by the tequila industry. Explore the social, economic and environmental impact of these industries. Discuss strategies for responsible growth with a heartfelt appreciation of these spirits and their cultural heritage. Discuss the opportunities the mezcal industry has to be different. Discover ways to lead the industry we love into a sustainable future based on human relationships.

What if distillation technology was in Meso-America before Spanish conquest? Hear from the world’s leading expert of the history of fermented and distilled beverages, Dr. Patrick E. McGovern, and learn about his work with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Colima, Mexico.

Tickets are $35 apiece.

Tequila makes margaritas and more.

Tequila makes margaritas and more.

After all that information, it’s time to party. So, Pachanga ¡Party! is set for 6-9 p.m. at Mana House, 1160 E. Commerce St.

Take a stroll around and sample the bountiful varieties of agave spirits and food pairings as some of San Antonio’s best bartenders shake their creative agave-infused cocktails just for you. With San Antonio’s culinary geniuses in tow, you’re bound to find your ultimate dish to complement the agave – whether it’s a fountain of queso you crave or a more modern and sophisticated fare, we’ll have it there to help you find your happiness.

Tickets are $60 a person.

To get tickets for these events, click here.

And don’t forget to drive responsibly.

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Experience Agave: Culinaria Celebrates Tequila and More in Oct.


This fall, Culinaria invites lovers of tequila to share in an all-about-agave event at Experience Agave, beginning on Thurs. Oct. 23 and running through Sunday, Oct. 26.

The agave plant is the basis of tequila.

The agave plant is revered by tequila lovers the world over.

Culinaria joins forces with agave and tequila professionals from around the country to host this weekend of tequila, mezcal and much more.

It’s a great way to celebrate agave and increase awareness through education and of course, sampling the craft of agave cocktails.

It wouldn’t be a Culinaria event, however, without incredible food, too.  This event line-up includes a dinner and other tasty offerings to accompany your tequila exploration. We will be pouring out some incredible opportunities as we Eat, Drink and Give towards all things agave.

(For updated information on ticketing and more, go to Culinaria’s website here.) Also see Facebook, at facebook.com/CulinariaSanAntonio;  Twitter, @culinariasa;  and Instagram: @culinariasa.


Thursday, Oct. 23

The Tequila Dinner at Casa Hernan
6-9 p.m.

The food, the booze and the company all have one thing in common.  Love of agave.  Sample all the tequila winners and enjoy a journey through Mexico one course at a time with San Antonio favorite, chef and restaurateur Johnny Hernandez. See www.culinariasa.org for more information.

Culinaria is an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to promoting San Antonio as a premier wine and food destination while fostering community growth and enrichment. Culinaria is a registered 501 c (3) tax-exempt organization. There is a valued volunteer board of directors who represent the community and guide the organization in its mission.

Venue (To be announced)
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. $35 (trade pricing available)

Introductory seminar.

Friday, Oct. 24
Agave Late Night (Various Locations)

At this point, you might have realized that this weekend is overflowing with all things tequila. Warm up for a weekend all about agave with a stop at your favorite local watering hole or try out one of Culinaria’s reverse happy hour picks. All participating bars are rolling out their best tequila cocktails catered especially to the dedicated tequila lover.

Saturday, October 25
The Essence of Mexico

Venue is TBA
1:30 – 3:30 p.m. $35 (trade pricing available)

Advanced seminar, see Culinaria website (above)


Saturday, Oct. 25
Agave Cocktails
6-9 p.m. Venue TBA

Experience Agave our way. Take a stroll around and sample the bountiful varieties of agave spirits and food pairings as some of San Antonio’s best bartenders shake their inspiringly creative agave-influenced cocktails just for you. With San Antonio’s culinary geniuses in tow, you’re bound to find your ultimate dish to complement the agave – whether it’s a fountain of queso you crave or a more modern and sophisticated fare, we’ll have it there to help you find your happiness.

The After Party
10:00 – 1 a.m.

You’ll need an all-access pass for entry into this exclusive after party. The Broolynite hosts only the most committed and sophisticated agave drinkers. And only the coolest cocktail host will do as Jeret Peña welcomes you to Experience Agave After Hours.

 

Tequilas set for judging.

Tequilas set for judging.

 

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