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Mezcal madness in Old Oakland

By awoodall
Monday, August 1st, 2011 at 3:12 pm in Night Owl, Old Oakland.

Swan’s Market usually closes at 6 p.m. but Cosecha Cafe is having a Mezcal dinner Aug. 20 beginning 7:30 p.m. Here’s the basics from the press release: The tasting dinner includes three mezcal varities from Oaxacan artisan producer Pierde Almas and a   discussion about the history and techniques of production in the region. Chef Dominica Salomon will offer a tasting menu that compliments the vegetal, floral notes of the mezcal.

  • Tamales de Guajalote con Mole Negro (turkey and black mole tamales wrapped in banana leaves)
  • Mixed heirloom tomato and avocado salad with a green coriander vinaigrette
  • Summer squash with herbs and garlic
  • Side of frijoles and arroz
  • Flan de canela

Pierde Almas produces small-batch mezcal from agave distilled in clay pots.   They produce four varieties derived from species of the lily family: Espadín, Do-ba-daán, 100% wild Tobalá and 100% wild Tobaziche. Details Magazine rates Pierde Almas as one of the five best mezcals, “favored by Mexico’s top restaurateurs.” There are few tickets left at $45 per person (not including beer/wine and gratuity). info@cosechacafe.com

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