Last Thursday, Localists were invited to Gallo Blanco at the Clarendon for a fun night of tacos and tequila in celebration of the upcoming Arizona Taco Festival on October 18th and 19th. As guests entered the roof top lounge, the were greeted by unlimited chips, salsa, guacamole, tacos, and other sumptuous delights. However, the highlight of the evening was definitely the Herradura Tequila, "Born in Mexico and raised in Arizona", the spirit got the party going. Live music added to the relaxed environment, and with the unveiling of Artist Genaro Garcia's innovative art on a tequila-aging barrel head, the night was not to be missed. Six Valley artists and restaurants are participating in this innovative art competition and event series produced by Tequila Herradura and organizers of the upcoming Arizona Taco Festival. Participating restaurants were each given a barrel head from the Tequila Herradura distillery in Jalisco, Mexico (barrel heads are the round-shaped flat surfaces that bookend the oak barrels in which tequila is aged). Restaurants were then asked to select an artist who would paint a barrel head on their behalf, creating an expression all their own. Gallo Blanco's turned out beautifully!
Over the next few weeks, public unveiling parties for the artists creations will be held at each of these restaurants. Each party will feature a special cocktail crafted with Tequila Herradura (Gallo Blanco's event was reserved for Localists only). On the date of the final party, all barrels will appear on the Tequila Herradura Facebook page, where online voting will commence until October 18th. On the second day of the Arizona Taco Festival, October 19th, attendees will have a final chance to cast votes in person at the Herradura Festival Tent. At 5pm, the winning artist will be announced and receive a $1,000 prize.
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