Thank you to everyone who came out to our Viva Tequila event last night! A very special thank you to Mike and Tracy Stolese of the Burlington Wine & Food Festival for their efforts in bringing renowned tequila expert Lucinda Hutson from New Mexico to Hotel Vermont for an unparalleled night of all things tequila.
We learned about the roots of this warm weather spirit with a visual presentation by Lucinda, author of Viva Tequila Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures, as she presented an insider’s perspective into the rich heritage of Mexico and her beloved agave spirits. She brought agave country to Vermont through captivating documentary photography and personal travel tales, peppered with festive recipes to inspire entertaining in true Mexican style.
With fresh juice blends and tequila cocktails from Juniper Restaurant Manager Cam Keitel at our tequila bar, we enjoyed tasting the spirits in a traditional way with a chase of sangria, bringing out every note and nuance of these incredible tequilas. Chef Doug Paine out did himself with his interpretations of Southwestern-inspired cuisine, created with locally sourced ingredients to pair with the tequilas hand selected for this unique event. Dished including Queso Flameado (Vermont cheeses melted and flambéed with tequila), Salpicon Norteno (shredded beef, chipotle, lime juice, and cheddar), and Chicharrones (crispy, spiced pork skins).
The Burlington Wine & Food Festival will be holding their Grand Tasting Event this Saturday in two sessions at noon and 5pm. Hundreds of wine makers from around the world as well as live music and food from local restaurants will be featured down at the Burlington Waterfront. Visit their website for more information here.