Mexican Culinary Evening Under The Stars: Perfect Date Night 7/21/11

Thursday, July 21, 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Cantina Beach at The Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne
455 Grand Bay Drive
Key Biscayne, Florida

Cocktail Reception, Authentic Cuisine, Decanting (& Tasting!)
A Limited Edition Tequila Created For Cantina Beach
Caps Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne’s 10th Anniversary Celebration
Just $75 per person, limited to 50 people

Cocktail reception with complimentary made-to-order guacamole and tasting of the limited-edition Double-Barrel Reposado crafted for Cantina Beach
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.: Dinner
(An intimate affair, limited to just 50 people)

Cost: Spectacular three-course dinner: $75 per person with tequila pairing
$55 per person without tequila pairing, plus tax and gratuity
A la carte menu also available.

An evening of spectacular Coastal Mexican cuisine as Chef Andres Parlange presents an authentic, three-course menu from his Chiapas homeland while South Florida’s only Tequilier (tequila specialist trained in Mexico’s Agave-growing regions) Heriberto Ovideo unveils the Double Barrel Reposado crafted for Cantina Beach and pairs carefully chosen tequilas with each course alongside Casa Herradura tequila experts. Ovideo remains the authoritative voice on more than 85 premium tequilas carried at Cantina Beach, the largest 100 percent Agave tequila collection in Miami. The evening’s guests will enjoy freshly made guacamole and taste the rare, specially crafted tequila that goes for $450 a bottle at an oceanfront reception preceding dinner. It’s a beautiful, one-of-a-kind date night that’s reasonably priced at just $75 per person.

Three-Course Menu
Presented By Chef De Cuisine Andres Parlange
Chipotle rubbed Tuna Tartare with Citrus Grapefruit, Avocado and
Poblano Vinaigrette; Queso Fundido in Tomatillo Salsa (to share)
Duo of Grilled Lobster and Chicken in Oaxacan Mole

Mayan Chocolate Mousse, Guava Tequila Coulis
The Story Behind The Special Ritz-Carlton Tequila:
Only 240 of these exquisite bottles are in existence and will be unveiled, offered as tastings and available by the bottle ($450) or 2-ounce glass ($32) the night of the dinner, July 21.

Tequilier Heriberto Ovideo traveled to Amatitán, Mexico, believed to be the birthplace of Tequila, to nurture and select specially crafted double-barrel reposado Tequila from the House of Herradura distillery that would be reserved for The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, Miami. The process began in 2010 with 100 percent blue Weber Agave tequila “resting” in toasted oak barrels for 11 months before maturing in a second hand-made barrel. Finally in April 2011, Ovideo journeyed to the distillery to taste and choose the best of three barrels awaiting his arrival. The preferred barrel captured smooth, light, earthy flavors and was hand-bottled at Casa Herradura.