A Thank You Letter to Sacramento

Dear Sacramento:

You are my City
Holder of my heart
A City that represents the best of humanity. Friendly and kind, our City is an amalgamation of all cultures who support each other in friendship while respecting those things that make each of us unique.

We have stood together during challenges and celebrations
Cheered for each other when one is reaching for the stars beyond all odds
Shared in the happiness of new life
Mourned the loss of those we love and those we only know..

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Congratulations to Chef Maria ‘Coco’ Mondragon! Welcome, Chef Eduardo Garcia!

Congratulations to Chef Maria ‘Coco’ Mondragon!

A sincere THANK YOU to Chef Maria Coco Mondragon for her dedication and commitment to Mayahuel for almost 7 years as she leaves at the end of the year to further her career.

Coco is one of the hardest-working professionals I’ve ever met. She managed the Mayahuel kitchen with grace, making a demanding job look easy. Her willingness to embrace challenges and insist on excellence in all she did was truly inspiring.

Coco, it has been..

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The Comforts of Home – How Luis Adame Discovered ‘Family’ in Sacramento

Imagine moving to a different country, where you don’t know anybody. Everything and everyone seems ‘foreign’. You feel alone, wondering what your co-workers and neighbors will be like – what, if anything, you will share in common. From finding a place to live to learning how to navigate in the city and commute, every aspect of your life is suddenly strange and unfamiliar.

Luis Adame, an IT Consultant from Torreón Coahuila, México, was offered an opportunity to work in the..

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Mayahuel’s Chef Coco Mondragon

Chef Coco Mondragon cannot remember a time when the cooking of great food was not a central part of her life. As a young girl growing up in San José de Gracia, Jalisco, she spent hours in the kitchen basking in the aromas of her Grandmother’s cooking – feeling the love that went into every dish.

In fact, Coco’s Grandmother and Uncle perfected recipes together and the family benefitted from their passion. Using what was available seasonally in their home town, they created..

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Señor Ernesto Delgado’s Napa Valley – the Inspiration that Guides His Vision

Written for Señor Ernesto Delgado

Two ‘expladores’ and their gracious guide travelled to the Napa Valley recently. We wanted to experience the valley where Ernesto Delgado grew up – from his perspective.

Señor Delgado is known as an innovative and creative entrepreneur. His sense of design spills over into every aspect of each of his businesses – it lives in the architecture, food, drinks and art. Some of this inspiration came from Napa, where Ernesto spent hours riding his..

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Service at Mayahuel – How Señor Ernesto Delgado’s Approach is Unique

Written for Señor Ernesto Delgado


We’ve all been to a restaurant where the food is exquisite, the décor is gorgeous, and there’s a long wait for a reservation.

All that is worthless if the service is terrible.

An outstanding dining experience requires trust. The host has the responsibility to initially earn that trust – they are the first person you encounter in the restaurant. After that, every person with whom the guest comes into contact can either reinforce that trust..

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The Impact of Mayahuel on Downtown Sacramento

Written for Señor Ernesto Delgado

Mayahuel is celebrating its fifth year in business.

For any restaurant, this is a milestone. For Señor Ernesto Delgado, it’s confirmation that his vision to create a place where the beauty and passion of the Mexican culture could be celebrated was something Sacramento would embrace.

Mayahuel was two full years in planning and building before Ernesto opened the doors for the first time. He encountered challenges and setbacks that would have..

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A Sacramento Restaurateur with Passion, Creativity and Determination

Written for Señor Ernesto Delgado

Early Memories

Ernesto Delgado’s lifelong love of the flavors of México and the magic that occurs when food and fire are combined began as a small boy living in Atacheo, located in the state of Michoacán.

The afternoon sun is golden, and dust glitters in the light as it floats up behind the footsteps of the man working to harvest the corn. The man’s son is only four years old. He has observed his father working hard every day on the Milpa..

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Mayahuel’s Manager, Francisco Medina

Written for Señor Ernesto Delgado


The moment you meet Francisco Medina, you feel as if you’ve been warmed by the Sun.

If we are very fortunate, on a few occasions in our lives we’ll get to meet individuals who exude warmth, sincerity and good will to the extent it feels like they are surrounded by light. Francisco Medina is one of these rare people.

Growing Up

He grew up in Tecuala, a town in the State of Nayarit, Mexico. The youngest of seven children, he felt treasured by..

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The Connection Between the Sacramento Valley and Jalisco, Mexico

~ Written for Sen. Ernesto Delgado, Mayahuel Tequila Museo

One thousand nine hundred eighty miles.

That’s the distance between Sacramento and Jalisco. Everything about Jalisco is different from Sacramento – the beautiful rolling red-dirt hills dotted with blue-green Agave plants that seem to almost glow from within, sparkling in the heat of the day. Driving along Highway 15 from Guadalajara to Tequila offers you an amazing contrast of red-earth clay in the highlands and loamy..

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