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Bowl of ‘Zole Celebrates Mexican Cooks, Pozole, and Agave Spirits



Bowl of ‘Zole Celebrates Mexican Chefs, Pozole, and Agave Spirits

Nothing warms away the cold-weather blues fairly like a sizzling bowl of soup, and what higher to pair it with than premiere agave booze? The Bowl of ‘Zole competition shall be doling out conventional Mexican spirits and pozole at 99 Scott Studio in Bushwick, Brooklyn on Oct. 20, 2023.

The competition was based by food-and-beverage consultants Arik Torren (Fidencio Spirits), chef Danny Mena (Hecho en Dumbo and La Loncheria), and Jimmy Carbone (Meals Karma). The trio aspires to provide the standard and conventional Mexican soup, pozole, a stage all its personal. With the assistance of Mexican cooks, mezcal producers, and New York foodies, they’ve delivered for the previous two years and now are wanting ahead to celebrating their third anniversary.

Chef Mena did a pop-up pozoleria (that is only a option to say that a spot sells pozole in Spanish — suppose “taqueria”) in collaboration with chef Fany Gerson of La Newyorkina, which he referred to as El Newyorkino, for about 4 or 5 months final winter. From there, it grew to become its personal competition. Mena says, “That’s the way it got here collectively, in bits and items like that.”

Bowl of 'Zole

Pozole, for the unawares, is a well-liked Mexican stew made with pork, garlic, and hominy, crammed with extras like lettuce, onion, and radish, and might be served with tostadas and crema. The dish is reassuring and filling, and is often served at household gatherings and different celebratory occasions. Pozole customizations range from area to area and even household to household.

This yr, Bowl of ‘Zole shall be inviting celebrated cooks Justin Bazdarich of Oxomoco and Cosme Aguilar of Casa Enrique to showcase their distinctive takes on pozole. The competition may also embody out of doors grilling stations and loads of non-pozole fares, together with tacos al pastor, tortillas from Sobre Masa, and paletas from La NewYorkina.

Occasion organizer and proprietor of Meals Karma Initiatives, Jimmy Carbone, says the highlight is on the cooks and their artistic visions for the dish, which makes it really feel completely different than different meals festivals.

“The cooks are actually happy with this occasion,” Carbone says. “I don’t suppose that there’s an occasion the place Mexican cooks are actually the celebs of the present [like they are here].”

However you possibly can’t have a celebration and not using a good drink! Bowl of ‘Zole invitations distributors and producers to introduce festival-goers to the world of agave spirits. Actually, this yr’s competition may have over 100 variations of them.

It’s possible you’ll be acquainted with mezcal and tequila, however Bowl of ‘Zole may also characteristic agave spirits like sotol and raicilla. Agave spirits are additionally historically Mexican and range from area to area. In the event you’re in search of one thing new and wish to assist small producers, you’ll have the ability to pattern a various choice of mezcals and spirits and pre-order your favorites from distributors.

Producers current will embody Del Maguey, Siete Misterios Mezcal, Erstwhile Mezcal, Don Fulano Tequila, Astral Tequila, and far, far more. After all, you’ll have the ability to discover beer, wine, and onerous seltzers as properly.

Mena is a fan of mezcal, exemplified by the actual fact he’s an proprietor of the mezcal model Pelotón de la Muerte. The spirit’s wealthy historical past and connection to the land and group are a giant a part of what attracts him to it, he explains. Identical to pozole, mezcal is all about folks.

“The great thing about it,” Mena says, “is that it’s such a clear spirit and there’s a lot taste in its base type. The agave plant is so complicated, and there’s nothing that compares to mezcal in terms of how crafted it’s. The religious connection that these folks should the plant, to the land, and understanding how vital it’s to their livelihood and their tradition, and for me to be part of it and being from Mexico Metropolis — each time I am going down there, I’m simply form of blown away by how stunning it’s.”

Bowl of 'Sole

Craft, in terms of the liquor trade, means the spirit is hand made and usually produced in a small distillery with extra native substances than a bigger producer may use. In Mexico, agave-based spirits like mezcal and tequila have been made regionally for years, and have vibrant communities of connoisseurs.

On the Bowl of ‘Zole competition, attendees shall be supporting a superb trigger, too. Every chef who participates within the competition may have 100 servings of pozole put aside to be delivered that night time to food-insecure New Yorkers by the non-profit Metropolis Harvest.

Tickets can be found for buy on-line now, together with VIP tickets that supply admission an hour early at 5 p.m., entry to all food and drinks (that’s over 10 completely different pozoles and over 50 mezcal samples), an unique goody bag, and time to mingle with the cooks and different trade professionals. Normal admission begins at 6 p.m. and consists of all food and drinks.

However it doesn’t matter what time you select to reach at Bowl of ‘Zole, you’ll depart with a stomach filled with heat pozole, and premium spirits, understanding that you just contributed to a worthy trigger.

This text is sponsored by Bowl of ‘Zole.

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