On Friday, November 9th 7pm – 10pm at Casa Chapala (101 San Jacinto Blvd., Austin, TX 78701) Casa Chapala’s Austin Tequila Society presents the 3rd Annual Austin Tequila Society Fest: An Evening of Tequila Tastings, Fun, Food and Music benefitting the Horse Boy Foundation. Guests and members of Casa Chapala’s Austin Tequila Society will vote for their favorite tequilas from among many distilleries represented to challenge their palate. Dozens of tequilas will vie to receive “Austin’s Favorite Tequila in Category of 2012”.
Guests will have the opportunity to taste tequilas Blancos, Reposados, Añejos, and Extra Añejos and deposit their votes for their favorite tequila. The top tequila brands with the most votes in category will win “Austin’s Favorite Tequila in Category of 2012”. Attendees will learn about their favorite tequila while enjoying live music by Flamenco Symphony and taste a soirée of delicious small bites of Casa Chapala’s favorite interior Mexican cuisines.
The Austin Tequila Society is a community of tequila aficionados and lovers-of-agave who gather to enjoy tequila in its many forms created by Casa Chapala Mexican Grill and Cantina. The Society’s mission is to promote the enjoyment of tequila as a sophisticated sipping
spirit, as well as a delicious base to traditional cocktails (Margarita, Mexican Martini, etc.).
Since 2006, Lupe and Lucina Barragan, owners of Casa Chapala Mexican Grill and Cantina, have
been serving Austin authentic central Mexican cuisine. The recipes are the same their abuelas
used to make for them in the small town of Huitzila, outside of Guadalajara – the center of the
tequila region of Jalisco. Their family still distills fine tequila in the area. Together with their
extended family and staff, they recreate a heartfelt Mexican experience, from the menu to
their offering of over 100 tequilas to the friendly staff and warm hospitality with motto: “Mi casa es su casa.”
The night’s benefactor is Horse Boy Foundation, founded by Rupert Isaacson after his son, Rowan, who has autism, showed startling improvement after a horseback trip to Mongolia. The story of Isaacson and wife Kristin Neff’s journey with their son was the subject of a book Isaacson wrote, “The HorseBoy,” and a 2009 documentary film of the same name “The Horse Boy” movie.
The Horse Boy Foundation brings special needs children (mainly kids on the autism spectrum) and ‘neuro-typical’ (i.e. ‘normal’) children together, using the horse as a social nexus. The Horse Boy foundation works to give kids the chance to ride and benefit from close contact with horses, other animals, and nature. Children with neurological issues seem to particularly benefit from this, but all children benefit from connecting with animals and nature.
Tickets will include 10 tasting tickets to sample from tequila vendors and savor special tastes of interior Mexican cuisine, live music, and more. Guests must be 21with valid photo I.D. or older to attend. For more information and to purchase event tickets, please go to www.casachapala.com or http://austintequilasocietyfest.eventbrite.com/
By Monica Pena