By now you’ve read Texas Monthly’s December issue, “The 120 Tacos to Eat Before You Die,” and you’ve begun sketching an itinerary to scarf them all. Thursday, December 10, you’ll be able to check off your list Urban Taco’s taco al pastor a la Tuma, one of top 10 tacos in Texas. You’ll do so at the multicourse Agave Trail Dinner at the taqueria’s flagship location on Dallas’ McKinney Avenue. The dinner is something Urban Taco, Lala’s Cakes and myself—a contributor to the issue—along with Texas Monthly have put together to celebrate tacos, Texan and Mexican, and the wonder that are agave spirits.
Each course will be paired with an agave spirit (e.g., mezcal, tequila, raicilla) in the form of a flight, cocktail and/or in the food, including the appetizer of mezcal-cured ceviche over a chicharrón tostada, a dish created for the dinner. The details follow.
If that weren’t incentive enough, one of the courses will be served tableside by the owner and cooks of Revolver Taco Lounge, home to another of Texas’ top 10 tacos. Dessert will be Crema de Sotol Tres Leches from Lala’s Cakes.
The whole shindig will be presided over Francisco Terrazas, formerly of The Pastry War, and now brand ambassador for Mezcal Vago (my favorite mezcal, by the way).
Attendees will receive a commemorative clay copita made, the traditional drinking vessel for mezcal, made in Oaxaca.
Urban Taco co-owner Markus Pineyro has wanted to host such a dinner for years, he told me, and couldn’t be happier. “What I am most excited about is sharing the diversity of the agave spirit with avid agave drinkers and those who will be their first time venturing into this marvelous world.”
Now for the details:
WHEN: Thursday, December 10, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
WHERE: Urban Taco, 3411 McKinney Ave., Dallas, TX 75204
COST: $65 per person. Reservations required. Call 214-922-7080 to purchase tickets or purchase tickets online at www.theagavetraildinner.eventbrite.com.