Despite wind and rain, 30 people found their way to BenitoLink’s first ever Spring Fiesta and Tequila Tasting on May 16. The event took place at La Catrina Mexican Grill in downtown Hollister and featured specialized food and tequila pairings by owner Gustavo Gonzalez.
Food featured shrimp ceviche, chicken flautas, cochinita pibil and smaller options including chips, salsa and guacamole. Eight different tequila samplings paired with the food, including Hornitos Reposado, Don Julio 70, Don Julio Reposado and 1800 Reposado among others.
Guests spoke with BenitoLink staff and reporters about local issues and learned about the nonprofit news organization, its programs and upcoming projects, including a website revamp and its Latinx program, funded in part by a Monterey Peninsula Foundation grant.
Fiesta-goers entered a raffle featuring alibriges (brightly colored Mexican folk art animal sculptures) and gift certificates provided by La Catrina. Winners were Francisco Romero, Joey Garcia, Emilia Chavez, James Chantler and Randy Brown.
“Thank you everyone who came out!” said Laura Romero, BenitoLink marketing manager. “We especially want to thank Gustavo and La Catrina staff for helping us put everything together.”