Culinary & Wine

Mezcal and Tequila Festival

When: Sun., Nov. 16, 3-7 p.m. 2014

According to co-owner Alfonso Dominguez, Tamarindo (468 8th St., Oakland) was an early pioneer — one of the first places in the Bay Area at which you could sip a wide selection of mezcal or tequilas neat, or order a classic cocktail (say, an Old Fashioned or a martini) made exclusively using those two spirits. On Sunday, the restaurant will host its second annual mezcal and tequila festival — a gathering of more than ten mezcal and tequila distilleries that will be on hand to showcase their drinks, both “neat” and in cocktail form. Between drinks, guests will snack on a steady supply of antojitos, or Mexican street food dishes, prepared by Tamarindo co-owner Gloria Dominguez — Alfonso’s mother. There will be birria (goat stew), banana-leaf-wrapped Oaxacan tamales, ceviche, and an assortment of other dishes meant to pair well with cocktails and straight tequila. There should be more than enough food for the $55-a-ticket event to serve as dinner, Dominguez said. “We don’t want people to get totally smashed.”

Luke Tsai

Price: $55

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