A NIGHT IN PARADISO Sponsored by El Tesoro
8:00pm-10:00pm at Ace Hotel
"A Night in Paradiso” is an exploration of the five senses. Smell the aromas of the spices as you create your own cocktail rim from the El Tesoro Spice Bar, watch a cooking demo by celebrated New York chef Akhtar Nawab of the Michelin-starred Alta Calidad, listen to the sounds of live Latin music by Javier Gutierrez, taste the flavors of agave in the finest tequilas in the world, and touch the heart of Mexico in this fascinating event.
(Includes access to Monday tasting rooms, seminars and panel discussion)
TEQUILA 101 WITH NEW ORLEANS TEQUILA EXCHANGE’S ROBERTO CARRILLO
Sponsored by TBA
4:00pm - 5:00pm at Ace Hotel
Born and raised in Mexico City, Roberto Carrillo has studied with several members of the Consejo Regulador del Tequila and spent many days visiting distilleries and discussing tequila with jimadores in the agave fields. Roberto brings that knowledge and passion to Agave Week where he will teach the basics of tequila and mezcal to anyone who wants to learn.
“FARM TO BAR” PANEL DISCUSSION: SUSTAINABILITY
5:30pm – 6:30pm at Ace Hotel
An expert panel discussion moderated by Bryan Dias, of the NOLADrinks Show with Bryan Dias, will feature distillers, brand ambassadors, and industry insiders, all on hand to discuss agave spirits and the changes and challenges in the industry. The discussion will focus on sustainability including agave shortages, growing trends, plant quality and the future of Mexico’s national plant.
GREAT TEQUILA IS WORTH THE WAIT
Presented by Brand Ambassador Luis Navarro of El Tesoro
7:00pm - 8:00pm at Ace Hotel
El Tesoro tequila is proudly made the long way. That means growing agave to peak maturity in their fields of rich red soil, cooking the piñas in old fashioned ovens for three straight days and crushing them under the volcanic tahona stone. From the La Alteña Distillery in the mountains of Jalisco, national brand ambassador Luis Navarro comes to New Orleans to show us why great tequila is worth waiting for.
Participants must be 21 or older. Be prepared to show your photo ID.