Denise Portillo is an experienced chef, restaurant owner, and entrepreneur. In fact, she was named Culinary Woman of the Year by the National Latina Business Women Association – Los Angeles in 2010. Despite all that success, one thing eluded her: more

When Chef Bret Thompson was opening his Mexican restaurant Pez Cantina in Los Angeles four years ago, he wanted something tangy to sprinkle on his tortilla chips. “I was looking for a unique salty and lemony seasoning,” he remembers. more

Rumba Cubana Restaurant & Bar in New Jersey opened its fourth location in Clifton about a year ago, and a location in Jersey City will open in August. A sixth location, in Rochelle Park, is in planning stages. The restaurant, which focuses on quality more

El Restaurante Publisher Ed Avis and account executive Jorge Rennella travelled to Guadalajara, Mexico in late August. We visited the factories of two of our advertisers – Muebles Lacandona and Folcklor Latino – ate a lot of great food, visited th more

Mexican and other Latin food specialties were not as prominent at the Western Foodservice Expo in Los Angeles last week as in some previous years, but there were some hidden gems, especially in the Sabor Latino sections of the show. Below are some of more

Beer is a big seller in Mexican restaurants -- mostly Corona, Dos Equis or other major brands. But Los Dos Potrillos, a Mexican restaurant in the Denver area, will soon offer its customers something special: Beer brewed in-house. more

Cuando Daniel Ramírez encontró el restaurante que buscaba para agregarlo a la cadena de negocios de la familia, nunca se imaginó encontrarlo con una cervecería y peor aún sentir el llamado visionario hacia la aventura comercial, al decidir mantener y more

When somebody orders a glass of Mexican wine at La Contenta Oeste in New York City, the server doesn’t just bring the glass of wine – he or she also brings the bottle, shows the customer the label, and describes the wine and winery. more

Cuando alguien pide un vaso de vino mexicano en La Contenta Oeste en New York City, el personal de servicio no sólo trae la copa de vino, sino que también trae la botella, le muestra al cliente la etiqueta y describe tanto el vino como la bodega. more

From a 10,000-year-old cave in central Peru to the trendy modern menus of Europe, the humble potato has taken a culinary journey with some significant stops along the way—one of which was Mexico. more

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Amparo Vigil is one of four siblings who operate Puerto Alegre Mexican Cuisine in San Francisco. Puerto Alegre is more than a restaurant – it is a vital part of the Mission District neighborhood. Vigil was interviewed by el Restaurante publisher Ed A more

The Texas Restaurant Association Marketplace last week in San Antonio was well-stocked with products suitable for Mexican/Latin restaurants. El Restaurante publisher Ed Avis was there, manning the el Restaurante booth, and visiting other booths. Here more

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Your tortillas could probably be making you more money, if you are willing to be a little imaginative. That was a key take-away from the Tortilla Industry Association Convention & Trade Show in Palm Springs, California in early June. more

Beata Prazmowska, aunque de origen polaca, es mexicana. Junto a su hijo Diego Prazmowski y su socia Refugio Jiménez Moya, son los fundadores del negocio Mole Nabora more

The National Restaurant Association’s annual convention in Chicago last week was full of products and innovations aimed at Mexican/Latin restaurants. Here is a small selection of some of the highlights: more

La participación masiva en el NRA Show 2018 de grandes países como Brasil, México, China, Alemania, Tailandia, Italia, entre muchos otros, es un elemento decisivo a la hora de abrir mercados, compartir ideas, tecnología y participar en la confianza y more

When el Tequilas Bar & Grill opened in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood last November, the owners didn’t want to serve the same beers every other Mexican restaurant taps. They wanted high quality, interesting brews to accompany the authentic, hand more

Cuando el Tequila Bar & Grill abrió sus puertas en el barrio de Lincoln Park de Chicago el pasado mes de noviembre, los propietarios no querían servir las mismas cervezas que sirven los demás restaurantes mexicanos. Querían alta calidad y marcas inte more

Importante taller para promocionar su restaurante en internet, crear valiosa y más cercana relación con los clientes y hacerlos enamorar de su negocio a través de los comentarios, -revews- en los medios sociales, fue el Webinar dado el 8 de Mayo. more

Everybody loves a bargain. Which means if you build a bar promotion that touts free tastings, discounted drink specials and entertaining diversions, people will come. At least for that particular promo. But the real question bar managers and bartende more

Cambalache is an Argentine idiom that means exchange, sharing and helping each other. “Yes, the name applies to our restaurant,” says Teresa Razo, manager of Cambalache Argentine & Italian Grill in Fountain Valley, California. “Through Argentine and more

Cambalache es un modismo argentino que significa intercambio, compartir y ayudarse. “Sí, el nombre se aplica a nuestro restaurante. A través de la comida argentina e italiana y nuestro origen mexicano, hacemos un intercambio culinario cultural en lo more

A la hora de cristalizar el sueño de tener su propio restaurante o expandir el ya existente buscando apoyo, información y recursos económicos, las cámaras de comercio y organizaciones son un gran aliado y muchas veces el puente hacia el éxito. more

A decade ago, pisco and mezcal were discoveries to behold. Now, the search is on for the next Latin American liquor find. One of the biggest thrills for modern cocktail and spirits enthusiasts is happening upon a libation, be it served straight or co more

Hace una década, el pisco y el mezcal eran descubrimientos a considerar. Ahora se busca el siguiente licor latinoamericano. Una de las grandes emociones para los modernos entusiastas de cócteles y licores sucede al servirse la bebida, ya sea directa more

Classically trained chefs know that five “mother” sauces are the basis for many recipes. Chefs preparing Mexican cuisine don’t regularly use those classic mother sauces, but some create variations of them. more

“En nuestras fiestas familiares y celebraciones, en la playa, en casa o en cualquier momento en que nos juntamos, siempre flota en el aire la fragancia de un tamal”, dice un apasionado gringo enamorado de los tamales. more

In a family farm of olive trees between exchanges at lunchtime of sandwiches for tamales, the romance between Richard Lambert and Mexican food was born. That passion eventually led him to found "National Tamale Day" and write a book. more

There’s no shortage of Mexican restaurants in Puerto Rico, including outposts of some well-known Mexican-American concepts, such as Rosa Mexicano. Nevertheless, operators of Cantina Laredo are confident their brand of contemporary, polished Mexican w more

Multi-unit restaurants have certain advantages over single-unit operations, and many Mexican multi-units have exploited those advantages over the past year to grow at a solid rate. The 50 largest Mexican multi-units have a total of 15,251 locations, more

Even in this era of craft cocktails, the Margarita—as integral to Mexican dining as tortilla chips and salsa—continues to rule at the bar. But the rules for profitability on this enduring classic are changing. more

Incluso en esta era de cócteles artesanales, la margarita —parte integral de la cocina mexicana tanto como los chips y la salsa— sigue siendo la reina del bar. Pero las normas de rentabilidad de este clásico imperecedero están cambiando. more

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