One has to wonder if Tacodeli's co-founder, Roberto Espinosa, knew all it would become, when it was starting out as just one store in Austin in 1999.
At the time, he was missing the street tacos of his hometown in Mexico City.
And now, they’re heading to the James Beard House in New York City.
The restaurant’s leaders made the announcement last week:
“Since 1999, the integrity of our sourcing has been a guiding principle for us. One taco at a time, we’ve made continuous strides to always seek better ingredients and partnerships from Texas ranches, farms and the highest-quality producers in the country. In this spirit, and because of our shared values, we have received an invitation to cook at the James Beard House this April 16, in New York City for the James Beard Foundation members and supporters.”
The dinner will include dishes inspired by Espinosa’s upbringing in Mexico, his travels and Tacodeli’s artisanal local ingredient purveyors, while celebrating the restaurant’s proclaimed, ongoing commitment to sustainable, quality sourcing. According to the James Beard website, Espinosa and his team will serve “a walk-around fiesta of tacos, cocktails and good times.”
Here’s the menu they have planned:
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- Chile Relleno Especial: Texas quail, chorizo with pasilla chile and Oaxaca cheese
- Pulpo Tostadita de Pastor: Octopus with mojo adobo and nixtamal heirloom corn
- Aguachile de Camarón: Texas Gulf shrimp with tomatillo–cucumber salsa verde, serrano chiles and lime
- Caldito de Mariscos: Seafood broth with corn roux Texas chile, Kitchen Pride Farms mushroom mole
- HeartBrand Ranch Texas Akaushi beef confit with chile–sesame adobo picosito
- Lengua en Salsa Negra: HeartBrand Ranch Texas Akaushi beef with Yucatan-style salsa negra
- Taquito de Callo de Hacha: Scallops with pistachios and Mexican herbs
- Huauchinango Veracruzano: Red snapper with tomatoes, olives and capers
- La Norteña house-made tortillas
- Organic vegan refried black beans
- Tacodeli Original Salsa Doña
- Borracho mazapán with Texas pecans
The pachanga will also feature a selection of Las Almas Rotas handcrafted cocktails and Pinthouse Brewing craft Texas beers.
Tacodeli, 1878 Sylvan Ave. (West Dallas), 8031 Walnut Hill Lane (Northeast Dallas)