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Salsa & Tequila Challenge


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Saturday, August 22, 2015
La Encantada Shopping Center - Northwest corner of Skyline Drive and Campbell Avenue    7pm-10pm
**21 and Over Event**

The Southern Arizona 5th Annual Salsa and Tequila Challenge has shaken up the summers in Tucson for over four years, bringing the region’s cultural garden to modern day tastes buds. This year's culinary event brings up to 50 chefs and restaurants preparing unique salsa recipes and mixologists creating innovative tequila-based drinks along with sweet and savory menu pairings. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Southern Arizona and SAACA’s arts therapy and education programs.

EVENT HOTEL PARTNER:  The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa is the event hotel partner for the 5th Annual Salsa & Tequila Challenge.  They are providing a 
Salsa and Tequila Challenge Special Rate for event attendees! $99 for Saturday night (Aug 22nd) only (reg. $139 single night rate) Use promo code SALSA15 when you book online at westinlapaloma.com, or call 888.627.7201. La Paloma will run a free shuttle to and from La Encantada for all those staying at the hotel.


        TICKETS 

GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Tickets include up to 50 salsa tastings with chips, over 25 tequila mixed drinks, tequila  and beer samplings, food samplings, dessert as well as live entertainment.
   
**21 and Over Event**



   $45 Through August 1 (Online tickets expire 11:59pm on August 1, 2015)
   $50 August 1 - August 21 (Midnight on August 21)   
   $60 Day of Event       LIMITED DAY OF TICKETS AVAILABLE     LIMITED DAY OF TICKETS AVAILABLE    


Due to the high volume of ticket sales for this event, phone sales expire August 15 at 3pm.  To redeem standard SAACA ticket discounts, please call the Box Office at (520) 797-3959 x 7, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-4pm.  Applicable Ticket Discounts: Student and Military Discount of 10% off with ID (must be over 21).  Group discounts available for groups of 10 or more. 


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    ABOUT

On Saturday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m., the culinary competition will once again support Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, two much-needed charitable causes raising money for hunger relief and the arts in our community.

A taste of heritage
Straight from the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico, the authentic tastes of premium tequila will travel to Tucson this August, giving hundreds of people the chance to indulge in this ancient agave beverage along with some of the best salsas and culinary cuisine in the region. 

Sample the most delicious traditional and inventive salsa recipes from acclaimed chefs, right in the region of the world where this flavorful sauce was first stirred up.

Bringing some of the area’s most famous chefs to the table, the eclectic mix of restaurant styles and backgrounds puts modern fusion up against historic tradition for the Southern Arizona Salsa and Tequila Challenge. 

A judging panel of culinary experts and enthusiasts select winners of the amateur and professional competitions, which are awarded at the main event, and attendees place their own votes for the People’s Choice awards.

        2015 JUDGING CATEGORIES

SALSA CHALLENGE

BEST TRADITIONAL SALSA BEST HOT SALSA BEST MILD SALSA BEST ALTERNATIVE SALSA

JUDGES CHOICE - Best Overall Judges JUDGES CHOICE - Honorable Mention Judges PEOPLES CHOICE 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place

TEQUILA CHALLENGE

MOST CREATIVE - TEQUILA COCKTAIL Judges BEST SAVORY COCKTAIL Judges   BEST SWEET COCKTAIL Judges

JUDGES CHOICE - Best Overall Judges JUDGES CHOICE - Honorable Mention Judges     PEOPLES CHOICE 1st Place, 2nd Place and 3rd Place

OTHER AWARDS

BEST FOOD PAIRING Judges MOST CREATIVE DISPLAY People’s Choice JUDGES RESERVE TASTING - TEQUILA Judges - Tequila Only

GRAND PRIZE Best Overall - Judges + People’s Choice (combined score)
Must participate in food, tequila and salsa


2015 PARTICIPANTS 
2015 PARTICIPANTS
If you are a restaurant, tequila maker or exhibitor interested in participating in the 2015 SALSA & TEQUILA CHALLENGE, email shelby@saaca.org

2015 SALSA CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy custom salsa recipes from each of these participants
2015 TEQUILA CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy signature tequila mixed drink recipes paired with menu samplings from these participants

2015 LIBATION PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy refreshing non-tequila drinks from each of these participants

2015 CULINARY PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy small bites from each of these participants

ENTERTAINMENT


OPENING PERFORMANCE
Main Stage at 7:00pm

Folklorico Ballet Nogales Sonora

The Allewame folkloric ballet (word in native language that means happiness) was established in 2009 in Nogales Arizona as part of the artistic activities of the Colegio de Bachilleres del Estado de Sonora.

The group is formed by young secondary, high school and college students and has always sought the academic, artistic and intellectual growth of its members.

The team has won many regional and state competitions. They have also performed at various events in Arizona and at events throughout Sonora, such as de “Mining Festival of Nacozari”; “the October Fiesta” in Magdalena de Kino and at the “Missions´ Festival” in several cities in northern Sonora.

The dancers have represented México in the international festival “Uniendo amistades en pro de la cultura”, which took place in the city of Paraiso de Cartago in Costa Rica in October 2012.

On August 2013, the group changed its name to Ballet Folclórico Municipal Nogales. They are led by Mara Cristina Mendoza Villegas


FEATURED PERFORMER
Main Stage at 8:15pm

Santa Pachita
 plays Latin-Fusion inspired by salsa, cumbia, ska, etc.

Santa Pachita is a Tucson band that has been playing together for since 2012. Guitarist, Miguel Reyes, and bass player, Victor Cruz, started the band after working together on other musical projects. They brought in talented musicians that have a variety of different musical backgrounds. The result is a danceable fusion of ska, cumbia, and rumba-salsa. The congas, flute, and trumpet add depth to t...

Santa Pachita is a 7-piece band that blends a variety of musical styles to create an entertaining night of dancing for everyone. The congas, flute, and saxophone add depth to the energetic music that is influenced by ska, cumbia, rumba-salsa, and bands like Manu Chao.


      JUDGES
2014 PARTICIPANTS
2014 PARTICIPANTS
If you are a restaurant, tequila maker or exhibitor interested in participating in the 2015 SALSA & TEQUILA CHALLENGE, email shelby@saaca.org


2014 SALSA CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy custom salsa recipes from each of the below participants

American Flying Buffalo Grille n Catering
Azul at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Blanco Tacos and Tequila
Boca Tacos y Tequila
Calle Tepa Mexican Street Bar and Grill
Catering Internacional
Crossroads Restaurant
Tequila Factory at Casino del Sol
Queen Ceviche
Dante's Fire
El Cisne
El Saguarito Mexican Food
Fini's Landing
Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery
Gringo Grill + Cantina
Hotel Congress
Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails
JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa
Loews Flying V Bar & Grill
Marriott University Park
Mouth of the South Salsa
Old Pueblo Grille
Omni Tucson National
Penca
Renee's Organic Oven
Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain
Royal Café
Seis Kitchen and Catering
Splendido
Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Tucson Country Club
Union Public House
Vero Amore
Wilko
Zona 78
Zivaz Mexican Bistro
Pima Community College Culinary Students

FEATURED TEQUILA MAKERS
Tequila Desire
Roger Clyne's Mexican Moonshine
Tequila Don Pilar
Quinta De Gomez
Dos Lunas
Tequila Penasco
Diva Tequila
3 Amigos
Don Julio
Peligroso
DeLeón

 


2014 TEQUILA CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS
Enjoy signature tequila mixed drink recipes paired with menu samplings from each of the below participants

Azul at Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Blanco Tacos and Tequila
Boca Tacos y Tequila
Tequila Factory at Casino del Sol
Catering Internacional
Dante's Fire
El Cisne
El Saguarito Mexican Food
Fini's Landing
Gringo Grill + Cantina
Hotel Congress
Hi Fi Kitchen & Cocktails
JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa
Loews Flying V Bar & Grill
Marriott University Park
Noble Hops
Old Pueblo Grille
Omni Tucson National Resort
Penca
Parish
Renee's Organic Oven
Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain
Saffron Indian Bistro
Seis Kitchen and Catering
Splendido
Stables Ranch Grille at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Tucson Country Club
Wilko
Union Public House
Zona 78
Zivaz Mexican Bistro

 

Beer sampling from Finley Distributing: Victoria, Modelo & Corona Light

   EVENT MEDIA

2014 SALSA CHALLENGE WINNERS

BEST TRADITIONAL SALSA   JW Marriott Star Pass Resort & Spa
CHEF: Danny Perez              SALSA: Salsa Helada

BEST HOT SALSA   Armitage Wine Lounge   www.armitagewine.com
Chef Jorge Moreno
Salsa: Habanero Mango Salsa (Hot)     

BEST MILD SALSA   Hotel Congress   http://hotelcongress.com/
Chef Karl De La Ossa
Salsa: Sweet Tomatillo Salsa - Roasted Tomatillos, Shallots, Garlic, Poblanos, Pepadues and Jalapenos (Mild)

BEST ALTERNATIVE SALSA Wilko   www.barwilko.com
Chef Ian Sugarman
Featured Salsa: Kimchi By The Sea(Alternative)

JUDGES CHOICE BEST OVERALL 1ST PLACE
Armitage Wine Lounge    www.armitagewine.com
Chef Jorge Moreno
Salsa: Habanero Mango Salsa (Hot)

JUDGES CHOICE BEST OVERALL 2ND PLACE
Hotel Congress    http://hotelcongress.com/
Chef Karl De La Ossa
Salsa: Sweet Tomatillo Salsa - Roasted Tomatillos, Shallots, Garlic, Poblanos, Pepadues and Jalapenos (Mild)

JUDGES CHOICE BEST OVERALL 3RD PLACE
Prep&Pastry   www.Prepandpastry.com
Chef Liz Delgado
Featured Salsa: Blueberry Jalapeño - Blueberry jalapeño with candied berries (Alternative)

PEOPLES CHOICE 1ST PLACE 
Mouth of the South Salsa Co.
Chef Andrea B. McGowan
Featured Salsa: INSANE, tomato based refrigerated salsa using ALL fresh ingredients to include jalapenos, onion, serrano chili, habaneros and an amazing arrangement of special spices (Traditional)          

PEOPLES CHOICE  2ND PLACE
Pima Community College - Culinary Arts
Student Chefs: Linda Tandjung, Chelsie LaRochelle and Jesse Huggins              
Featured Salsa: Drunken Pineapple

PEOPLES CHOICE 3RD PLACE 
Marriott University Park
Chef Adrian Castillo
Featured Salsa: Smokeless Fire(Hot)

2014 TEQUILA CHALLENGE WINNERS

MOST CREATIVE   Tucson Country Club  www.tucsoncountryclub.com
Mixologist Clayton Robideau
Tequila Cocktail: Cinnamon Sugar Cronut with Patron Café & 1921 Tequila Crème Liqueur Salted Caramel Milkshake

BEST PRESENTATION   Fini's Landing           www.finislanding.com
Mixologist: Andrew Carlin
Tequila Drink: Smoke on the (Fire) Water displayed on solid frozen ice sculpture

JUDGES CHOICE BEST OVERALL 1st PLACE
Pasco Kitchen and Lounge    www.pascokitchen.com
Chef Ramiro Scavo
Tequila Cocktail: Father Kino, muddled cucumber and cilantro, fresh lime juice, jalapeño spiced agave nectar, soda water, tequila blanco with a pulpadip and tajin rim

JUDGES CHOICE BEST OVERALL 2ND PLACE
Tequila Factory @ Casino Del Sol Resort   www.casinodelsolresort.com           
Mixologist: Aaron DeFeo
Tequila Cocktail: A Fistful of Rupees, Don Julio Blanco, Ancho Reyes, tangy curry & tamarind, citrus, coconut milk, cumin

JUDGES CHOICE BEST OVERALL 3RD PLACE
Union Public House  www.uniontucson.com
Chef Patrick Malarchik
Tequila Treat: Paleta, Fruit Popsicles with Tequila

Tequila Challenge PEOPLES CHOICE 1ST PLACE
Ritz Carlton, Dove Mountain
Mixologist; Mike West
Tequila Cocktail: Wild Burro - simple balance of Spiced tequila, orange curacao, and fresh sour
Menu Pairing: Shrimp Ceviche

Tequila Challenge PEOPLES CHOICE 2nd PLACE
Loews Flying V Bar & Grill  www.loewshotels.com
Chef Brandon Cathey
Featured Tequila Cocktail: Mixologist Brandon featuring Kumquat Tequila Sno-Cones

Tequila Challenge PEOPLES CHOICE 3RD PLACE
Hotel Congress   http://hotelcongress.com/
Tequila Cocktail: El Santo - Blanco Tequila, Lime, Orange and Peach Syrup, Pomegranate               






 
 
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