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Synopsis of Fire, Smoke & Legend

The first annual Fire, Smoke & Legend event is now history. It was successful beyond my imagination – with 50+ brands of the finest Tequilas, Mezcales, Bacanoras, Sotols, Oaxacan Rums and other Mexican Spirits, it became the iconic event of its kind for Sacramento.

I’ve always wanted to bring an event such as this to my community – after having many successful food and spirit events at each of my restaurants, I felt that Sacramento was ready to join me in celebration of the..

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Small Business Administration’s ‘Emerging Leaders Program

Last month, I shared some of my thoughts on the Small Business Administration’s ‘Emerging Leaders Program’ I’m participating in.

I’m a few months into this amazing program now and thought you might like to read about my progress, and our group’s studies.

Emerging Leaders is a ‘hands-on’ program. Our group is on a fast-track curriculum, with reading and writing assignments, discussions, and lectures. We’re covering an advanced course that’s been compared to an MBA in just seven..

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‘Streetwise MBA Program for Small Business Owners’

As many of you know, I’m passionate about my restaurants. It’s about the food and drinks, sure – but even more about the creation of something special, the challenges of running a business, the creativity and art I can showcase to share the love I have for my culture.

Because I am fueled by the excitement of running a business, I’m always seeking ways to learn more and improve upon my knowledge. Studying successful business owners has long been a necessary part of my daily..

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Time for a Plant-Based Menu!

I’ve often been asked lately why I thought it was time to create a plant-based menu. It’s a good question – and with Mexican food, one that comes with a lot of history.

Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards to México, a plant-based diet was typical. For centuries, Mexican families made use of seeds, dried herbs, and plants to create meals. Corn originated in México, as did chocolate and a variety of other foods we now enjoy worldwide. The Aztecs, known for their bravery and..

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My Agave pick March ~ Ernesto Delgado

Clande Sotol

Part of the fun in sharing my Agave picks with you each month is getting to try (or try again) some great spirits.

One of the lesser-known but still amazing spirits from México is Sotol. Sotol is not made with the Agave plant, but the process is similar to the production of Mezcal.

Sotol is made with the Dasylirion Wheeleri plant, commonly called the desert spoon, or spoonflower plant. This plant is in the Asparagaceae, or Asparagus family. It’s considered a..

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Ernesto Delgado Agave Pick for February

It’s been a pleasure sharing my Agave picks with you – those I love and think you’ll want to experience as well. Some I’m quite familiar with; others I have tasted but revisit for this article.

First Impressions:

Don Amado Espadin Rustico represents the culmination of eleven generations of Master Distillers making fine Mezcal. The label truly takes me back to the México of my childhood – the traditional artwork hints at the generations of meticulous care that goes into each..

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My Agave Pick for January Clase Azul Ultra Añejo

Every month, I’ve been sharing a special Agave spirit with you – one I love and think you’ll enjoy.

Tequila aficionados love the anticipation of that first taste. We wonder if the spirit will live up to our expectations or – if we’re lucky – exceed them. As a Designer, I also love taking the time before that first sip to admire the bottle and label. It heightens my anticipation if they’re artistic and pleasing to behold.

First Impressions

Clase Azul Ultra Añejo comes in a..

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My Agave Pick for December– Señor Ernesto Delgado

 

Every month, I’ve been sharing a special Agave spirit with you – one I love and think you’ll want to try.

As a designer, I always look at the bottle and label. The attention to detail often tells me what I can anticipate when I take that first taste.

First Impressions:
The original Crema de Tequila 1921 label features Maria de Los Dolores Eugenia Collado de Jazo, the Abuela of Juan Francisco Collado, President of Tequila 1921. She was known as one of the most beautiful women..

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My Agave Pick for October

Señor Ernesto Delgado –

I’ve been sharing a Tequila or Mezcal with you every month – one I think you’ll love to try.

The first thing that attracts me is the look of the bottle and label. So many of the small-batch Agave spirits are bottled in a way that’s artful and meant to pay tribute to a region or history. When I see that a lot of care has gone into the selection of the glass, the shape of the bottle, and design of the label, I also feel excitement that the same..

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Why does my salad cost $15? The cost of running a restaurant.

It’s a hot summer day, and you’ve just spent the last eight hours working. You’re hungry, tired, and need to find a great place to relax, unwind and get a really good meal before heading home.

You walk in the door of your favorite restaurant and instantly feel the stress begin to leave. The air-conditioning is cool and the wonderful aromas from the kitchen waft out over the dining room.

As you’re seated by the window, you can finally simply enjoy the ambience. You know you..

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