Tequila novices and connoisseurs alike can gather and celebrate National Tequila Day with two of San Diego’s premier neighborhood restaurants - The Patio on Lamont in Pacific Beach and the newly opened The Patio on Goldfinch in Mission Hills. Hosted by Patio general manager and certified catador (tequila expert) Chris Simmons, The Patio welcomes special guest Sergio Mendoza of Don Fulano Tequila for a two-night, five-course tequila pairing dinner, which will take place at 6:30pm on Wednesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 24.
Each dinner will be an educational and delicious celebration of the complementary relationship between tequila and cuisine. Executive Chef John Medall and Chef de Cuisine Adre Fuentes of The Patio Restaurant Group will demonstrate this less familiar food and beverage pairing through a menu incorporating summer melons into several dishes that will be carefully paired with tequila selections.
Below, we have provided the full menus for your reference:
The Patio on Lamont Tequila Dinner Menu by Chef de Cuisine Andre Fuentes (Weds, July 23)
First Course - Fried Green Tomato with herb whipped goat cheese, watermelon + cucumber salad, and watercress
Second Course - Pistachio Gremolata with snow crab claws and lemon vinaigrette
Third Course - Grilled Corn Puree with smoked pork belly and cantaloupe relish
Fourth Course - Agave Glazed Smoked Duck Breast with horned melon salsa and red pepper coulis
Fifth Course - Watermelon Sorbet with basil/balsamic gastrique
The Patio on Goldfinch Tequila Dinner Menu by Executive Chef John Medall (Thur, July 24)
First Course - Watermelon and Jicama Salad with agave, honey, cilantro, cotija and pine nut
Second Course - Cantaloupe and Mango Gazpacho with pickled jalapeño, snow crab and aleppo oil
Third Course - Carnitas: Tequila-braised pork, salsa verde, Mexican rice, spicy pinto beans and housemade tortilla
Fourth Course - Porto Nuevo Style Lobster with citrus butter, melon pico de gallo, fried plantain and grilled sweet corn con chile
Fifth Course - Granita Con Melon with watermelon, cantaloupe and casaba
The tequila dinners are priced at one night for $75 per person or $125 per couple, or both nights for $125 per person. Tickets can be purchased online at patiotequiladinner.bpt.me.