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El Grito pre-copa
September 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Grito de Dolores or El Grito (Cry of Dolores) is celebrated on the night of the 15th September is the most important of all the Mexican holidays, it’s the national day, and the name the scream comes from the priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla call for arms that triggered the Mexican War of Independence in the town of Dolores, Hidalgo, in the state of Guanajuato. It was a call for an uprising against the colonial power of Spain.
So we invite you to join us for a Pre-Copa [pre-drinks], to celebrate El Grito in true Mexican style.
Maria Sabina, named after one of the most famous Mexican shamans, began in Brixton Station Road Market during the International Food Festival, October 2013. Penniless but determined, Monica & Tom scraped together £400 to buy the bare essentials and set up their stall, ready to share their passion for Mexican food. They couldn’t have predicted the overwhelming success of that first day. People were asking where the restaurant was so they could bring their friends and enjoy the food again and again. It made them realise they had something special. What made it so special? It was the food – of course.
Del Maguey Mezcal was started as an art project in 1995 by internationally renowned artist and mezcal visionary, Ron Cooper. Ron introduced the world to previously unavailable artisanal mezcal produced the original handcrafted way. Through deep cultural relationships with Zapotec Mexican Indian producers in the remote villages of Oaxaca, Mexico, Del Maguey harnesses ancient, original organic processes. Combining these methods with varying micro-climates and terroir gives each creation its own unique, rich, sweet and smoky character. Every product in our collection is made by individual family palenqueros (producers) in old-style villages.
Ocho is revolutionary. It demonstrates the centuries old concept of “terroir” by harvesting agaves from single estates at different altitudes in unique microclimates. It delivers its tequilas in vintages named for the estates from which the agaves were harvested. Each vintage bears a unique flavour and aroma imparted from the character of the soil and estate in which its agaves were grown. Carlos Camarena is a third generation Tequilero from one of the greatest tequila producing families in Mexico. Based in Arandas, Jalisco and working out of their distillery called “La Altena”, Carlos carries on a tradition whose foundation lies squarely in the delivery of highly flavourful, complex tequilas with magnificent balance. Tequila Ocho is made in partnership with Tomas Estes, he is one of the most influential people in the Tequila industry outside of the distillers themselves. Tomas is one of two Tequila Ambassadors for the Mexican Government worldwide and the founder of Café Pacifico restaurant in Covent Garden, UK first agave embassy.
Expect a three course dinner with matching Mezcals & Tequilas, with a welcome cocktail to start.