The first Menudo Cook-Off was not only a success for organizers, but also for one local restaurant.
Taqueria Ana Maria’s in Farmersville took second place in the competition for the best traditional tripe and hominy Mexican soup. The Farmersville eatery was edged out by Mikey V’s Café in Tulare, which took home a huge check for $500. Taqueria El Mejor in Visalia took third place. Those in attendance won too after tasting some of the most savory soup in the South Valley. In addition to the winners, local restaurants El Palmar of Lindsay and Taqueria Super Taco of Woodlake/Visalia also served up some mouth-watering menudo.
The inaugural event was presented by the Tulare County League of Mexican American Women and organized by Nuestro Tiempo Promotions. Event Organizer Raymond Macareno said the event is sure to become a staple of cultural events to come after selling out by noon in its first venture.
“We learned a lot for the first year event and the demand of the community for cultural events in the South Valley and will make it bigger and better next year,” Macareno said.
Attendees had the opportunity to taste samples from each food booth for a donation of $5, which also allowed them to vote for their favorite. Fifty percent of the vote came from the public, and the other fifty percent was composed from special selected judges from local community serving organizations including Lali Moheno, Founder of the Latinas in Business and Professions, Anabel Chavez, Board President of the Tulare Kings Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Luis Cobarrivas, Board President of Hispanic Leadership Network, Juan M. Hernandez, Board Vice-President of Tulare County Latino Rotary, and Julie Galindo, Board Secretary of the Tulare County League of Mexican American Women.
Sponsors included Southern California Gas Company, Sequoia Beverage, Budweiser, La Preciosa fm 92.9, Chavez Insurance, Proteus, Inc., El Mexicano, Marquez Brothers International, Inc.,Valley Business Bank and Nuestro Tiempo Magazine.
The Tulare County League of Mexican American Women is a local community serving charitable non-profit with the purpose of promoting culture and education for women and men in Tulare County. For more information on the event, contact Raymond Macareno at 559-972-7097 or visit www.nuestrotiempo.net.