Join Us for a Unique Culinary Experience

This event has been postponed until further notice

An evening of fine food and drink inspired by UTSA’s renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection.
Ven a Comer!

Mezcal and Wine Tasting Reception

6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mezcal expert Pedro Jiménez Gurría will present guests with a tasting experience to delight those both familiar and new to this agave-based liquor from Mexico.

An Extraordinary Meal

7:30 – 10:00 p.m.
Discover how the past influences today’s Mexican cuisine with a menu developed by a team of groundbreaking chefs from Mexico and San Antonio. Enjoy modern interpretations of traditional recipes from the collection.

Private Viewing

Join us in Hotel Emma’s Cellar J for a private viewing of a selection of cookbooks from UTSA’s renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection. UTSA’s archivists and rare book experts will share insights regarding the collection, which includes handwritten recipe books providing an intimate view of domestic life and Mexican culinary culture.



Dressy Casual – Guayaberas Encouraged


Call Felipe Barrera at (210) 458-4098

Amazing Night, Great Cause

Proceeds from the event will support UTSA’s Mexican Cookbook Collection, one of the city’s archival jewels with more than 2,000 titles from 1789 to the present.


Featuring the Cuisine and Spirits of Celebrated Chefs


is owner/chef of Nectar restaurant in his native Mérida, where his cutting-edge techniques highlight the rich and diverse ingredients available on the Yucatán peninsula.

Featured Chef: Roberto Solis


is the executive sous chef at Hotel Emma’s Supper restaurant. He is a graduate of the Master’s Program at the Culinary Institute of America. He credits his great-grandfather and mother as his culinary influences.

Featured Chef: Jaime Gonzalez
  • Pedro Jiménez Gurría
    Pedro Jiménez Gurría Mezonte Mezcal Guadalajara

    Pedro Jimenez Gurria is curator of agave distilled spirits for Mezonte, an organization that promotes, supports and preserves the production and practices of traditional agave spirits.

  • John Brand
    John Brand Hotel Emma San Antonio

    John Brand is the chef and culinary director at Hotel Emma. His twenty-five years of culinary experience includes stints at The Little Nell, The Broadmoor and Keswick Hall.


  • City of San Antonio World Heritage Office
    San Antonio and Guadalajara have been Sister Cities since 1974 and members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network since 2017.
  • Agencia Mexicana de Cooperacíon International Para el Desarrollo
  • Mexican Cultural Institute of San Antonio
  • San Antonio Gastronomy
  • HEB
  • Consulate General
  • ShinerBeers
  • San Antonio Mexico Friendship Council
  • Sawtelle
  • Hotel Emma
  • The RK Group
  • San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • UTSA Libraries
  • Pearl Brewery
  • Rosemary Kowalski