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Dos Rios to host Aire Libre Tequila Dinner on June 18

Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge.
Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge.
Charles Walton

Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge, located at 316 Court Avenue in Des Moines, will host an Aire Libre Tequila Dinner on Wednesday, June 18. The dinner will pair five courses prepared by Executive Chef Mike Holman with five tequilas from El Mayor. The meal will be served outside on the patio in front of the restaurant starting at 6 p.m., and fourth generation El Mayor ambassador Graciela Gonzalez will be in attendance to talk about the El Mayor brand with diners. The tequila dinner will be $55 per person, and reservations are required. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant at (515) 282-2995 or by emailing the restaurant at Space is limited for this event, so make your reservations early.

Here is what Executive Chef Mike Holman has planned for the event's menu (complete with tequila pairings):

Course 1

Seared Scallop Tiradito with coconut habañero sauce and lime sorbet

Cocktail: El Mayor Welcome Cocktail

Course 2

Braised Chivo Albondigas with artichoke, fennel, fresh cheese, black truffles, and salsa albondigas

Tequila: El Mayor Reposada

Course 3

Sous Vide Halibut Paella with Spanish chorizo, calaspara rice, saffron broth, and shellfish

Tequila: El Mayor Blanco

Course 4

Crispy Duck Breast with mole negra, white bean ragout, fried shallots, and micro greens

Tequila: El Mayor Anejo

Course 5

Vanilla Soaked Sponge Cake with rice sauce, orange honey meringue, dark chocolate ganache, and rose air

Tequila: El Mayor Extra Anejo

This is a great opportunity to sample some fine Guadalajaran cuisine and some fine, imported Mexican tequila. To learn more about Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge and the Aire Libre Tequila Dinner, go to Dos Rios' website or Facebook page.

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