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SAACA’s Salsa, Tequila and Taco Challenge 2017 Winners

SAACA’s Salsa, Tequila and Taco Challenge 2017 Winners

Reforma restaurant Tucson
Blood orange margarita – 1st place people’s choice award

Belatedly, here are the winners of SAACA’s (Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance ) Salsa, Tequila and Taco Challenge 2017- Congratulations to the winners. The evening was warm and well attended with more than 1,400 people, 40 participating restaurants, chefs, brewers and distillers, and nearly 100 recipes judged. $44,000 was raised for SAACA and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona.

As an aside, Circle of Food and friend liked Calle Tepa’s salsa, our personal favorite.

The next event is the World Margarita Championship at Tucson Hilton El Conquistador on October 6, 2017.

And the winners are: 

Salsa Challenge – People’s Choice Awards

1st Place Salsa: Angie’s Kick Ass Salsa — Hot Salsa 

2nd Place Salsa:  Santiago’s –Santiago’s Salsa Brava

3rd Place Salsa:  Angie’s Gourmet to Go — Smoky Mesquite Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

Circle of Food blog
Aaron Defeo, Casino del Sol serves a frothy cocktail

Salsa Challenge – Judges Awards

Best Traditional Salsa: Crossroads Restaurant — Chipotle Salsa 

Best Alternative Salsa:  Tequila Factory at Casino Del Sol — Fire & Ice

Judges Choice, Best Overall Salsa: Santiago’s — Santiago’s Salsa Brava

Tequila Challenge – People’s Choice Awards

1st Place Tequila Cocktail: Reforma Modern Mexican, Mezcal & Tequila –Blood Orange Margarita

2nd Place Tequila Cocktail:  Queen Ceviche, —  La Reina Margarita

3rd Place Tequila Cocktail:  The Lodge at Ventana Canyon — Carlos’ Sangria (refreshing with a punch)


Tequila Challenge – Judges Awards

Grand Reserve Tequila Tasting: Embajador — Tequila Supreme

Most Creative Cocktail:  3 Amigos Tequila — Cucumber Jicama Margarita

Best Overall Tequila Cocktail:  Queen Ceviche — La Reina Margarity

Taco Challenge – People’s Choice Awards

1st Place Taco: Santiago’s — Short Rib Taco

2nd Place Taco: Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails — Lamb Barbacoa Taco (that was yummy)

3rd Place Taco: The Lodge at Vantana Canyon — Dessert Taco

Taco Challenge – Judges Award: Epazote Kitchen — Lamb Barbacoa Taco

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