On Thursday, June 26, 24 local restaurants will battle it out for taco supremacy in the inaugural Top Taco Denver showdown, a benefit for the Colorado Restaurant Association's Education Foundation ProStart scholarship program. The event, which unfolds in Sculpture Park, located just behind the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, begins at 6:30 p.m. for general admission ticket holders. The soiree continues through 9:30 p.m., and we're giving away two VIP tickets -- more on that perk on the next page -- to one Cafe Society reader and a guest.
The participants -- Adelitas Cocina Y Cantina, Billy's Inn, Comida Cantina at the Source, El Camino, El Matador, Highland Tap and Burger, Illegal Pete's, La Biblioteca, La Loma, La Sandia Cantina, Lime, Los Chingones, Moontower Tacos, Uno Mas Cantina, Old Major, Pinche Taco, Solitaire, The Squeaky Bean, Tamayo, The Kitchen Next Door, Mestizos Fusion Tacos, Rosa Linda's Mexican Café, The Rio Grande and Zengo -- will battle against one another for trophies in three categories: Top Creative Taco, Top Traditional Taco and Best Margarita, all of which will be voted on by both the public and a team of judges, including yours truly.
In addition to taco tastings and the taco competition, guests will be treated to live music from Sambadende, a homegrown Brazilian band, desserts courtesy of Sweet Cow Ice Cream and a variety of tequilas and whiskies, including Patron, Blue Nectar, Sauza, Hornitos, Dulce Vida, Centinella, Casa Noble, Solera Whisky, Yolo Rum, Spring 44 and Peach Street Distillers. Beers, including new releases from Dos Equis and Tecate, as well as two new hard ciders from Strongbow, will also be poured.
General admission tickets are $65 per person, and VIP tickets are $125 each, the latter of which includes early access (5:30 p.m. instead of 6:30 p.m.) to the Patron Spirits private lounge and bar, specialty tacos, a complimentary three-month Dining Out magazine card, which is loaded with restaurant deals, a specialty tequila tasting and the all-important VIP restrooms. You can purchase tickets at www.toptacodenver.com, or you can win VIP tickets for two right here by answering this question: How many Stella's pork carnitas tacos did Comida Cantina at the Source sell during the month of May?
The person who comes the closest to the actual number without going over, will win. To enter, please submit your best guess, your name and a valid e-mail address (if you're already registered with MyVoiceNation, then we have your e-mail; if you're not, then we don't, and without an e-mail address, you can't win) in the comments section below.
We'll announce the winner by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 23.