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    Congratulations, 2022 James Beard Award Winners!

    Several Mexican/Latin concepts were among the winners honored during the The James Beard Foundation’s 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards held Monday, June 13, in Chicago. el Restaurante extends heartfelt congratulations to these talented award-winners w Read more

    Jun 17, 2022

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    New Menu, Floral Patio Installation Debut at Chicago’s Acclaimed Tzuco

    The summer dining season has kicked off in Chicago. And Michelin Star Chef Carlos Gaytán is celebrating the season with new menu items and an over-the-top patio floral installation at Tzuco, his acclaimed restaurant in the city’s burgeoning River Nor Read more

    Jun 17, 2022

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    Texas Restaurant Show Set for July in Dallas

    The Texas Restaurant Association (TRA) will present the 2022 Texas Restaurant Show, (formerly TRA Marketplace), July 9-11, 2022, in Dallas, Texas, at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. Now in its 85th ye Read more

    Jun 14, 2022

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    New Contest Honors Mexican/California Cuisine Fusion

    The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB) today announced a new culinary competition for foodservice that celebrates the fusion of California and Mexican cuisines, the Cal-Mex Invitational. The Cal-Mex Invitational captures the culinary trends of glo Read more

    Jun 14, 2022

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    Indiana County Launches Taco Trail Savings Passport

    The Kosciusko County (Indiana) Convention and Visitors Bureau (KCCVB) has launched a new Engage Kosciusko digital passport, the Taco Trail Savings Passport. This free passport includes 7 local restaurants which serve tacos and other Mexican cuisine. Read more

    Jun 2, 2022

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    2022 Manager of the Year Contest Open, Gordo's is New Sponsor

    We are delighted to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 el Restaurante Manager of the Year Awards! And we have a new generous sponsor for the program: Gordo's. Their support is enabling us to once again provide cash prizes t Read more

    May 30, 2022

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    Tijuana Flats Expanding to Illinois

    Tijuana Flats, the Florida-based Tex-Mex favorite, today announced the introduction of its Oakbrook Terrace, IL location. The restaurant will kick off their grand opening events on Monday, June 6, 2022, offering guests a taste of Tijuana Flats’ abund Read more

    May 25, 2022

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    Come See Us at NRA 2022!

    Are you coming to the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago this weekend? We'd love to see you! Please visit Editor Kathleen Furore and Publisher Ed Avis in Booth 5421. And we'll give you a gift: We've created a recipe book featuring the be Read more

    May 20, 2022

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    Gordo’s® Foodservice Launches Website with Online Quote Tool

    Gordo’s Foodservice announces the launch of its new website at, which showcases the company’s product line of Hispanic cheeses and other Tex-Mex specialty products available to restaurants and food distributors. The site includes a fr Read more

    May 18, 2022

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    el Restaurante at ANTAD Expo

    el Restaurante is exhibiting at ANTAD Expo in Guadalajara this week. The show has been attracting thousands of visitors from the Mexican foodservice community. We were pleased to be visited in our booth by Eric Jurado, who works in the restaurant tra Read more

    May 17, 2022

  • Check Out Recipes from 25 Years of el Restaurante Archives

    We love recipes, and we know our readers love them, too! So when we were thinking about how to celebrate the 25th birthday of el Restaurante, we knew recipes would play a role. We searched through back issues, web articles, and our Recipe of the Week Read more

    May 12, 2022

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    Jarritos is Searching for Mariachis

    Rodri J. Rodriguez, creator, producer and host of MARIACHI USA announced today the launch of JARRITOS MARIACHI USA Talent Search, the first mariachi talent competition of its kind. Officially launched on May 10, 2022, the competition will set out to Read more

    May 12, 2022

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    Barberitos Hires Jordan Davis as Spokesperson and Debuts “Heavy-D” Burrito

    Barberitos, a fast-casual burrito restaurant with more than 50 locations across the Southeast, is pleased to announce University of Georgia National Champion and NFL Prospect Jordan Davis as the chain’s new brand ambassador. The partnership includes Read more

    May 2, 2022

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    La Palapa Garners Operator of The Year Honors

    Congratulations to Barbara Sibley, who was honored as Operator of the Year for La Palapa & Holiday Cocktail Lounge at the Industry Excellence Awards during the 2022 Bar & Restaurant Expo and World Tea Conference + Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Cen Read more

    Apr 21, 2022

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    Fonda Tribecca Opens on April 22

    It’s location #3 for Chef/Owner Roberto Santibanez’s Fonda, a relaxed, affordable neighborhood spot that also serves exciting contemporary Mexican cuisine. The new location is set to open in New York’s Tribeca neighborhood at 4 p.m. Friday, April 22. Read more

    Apr 21, 2022

  • Recorded Webinar: How to Double Your Wine Sales

    This webinar will show you how to create a wine list, train staff, and promote your wine sales. The webinar was sponsored by Fetzer and led by Tammy LaNasa, Fetzer's director of on-premise accounts. Read more

    Apr 20, 2022

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    Jose Andres' World Central Kitchen Hit by Russian Missile

    A Ukraine-based humanitarian kitchen linked to celebrity chef José Andrés has been destroyed by a Russian missile in the northeastern city of Kharkiv, according to the charity that runs it. Read more

    Apr 18, 2022