Cinco de Mayo Celebrations Kick Off Early in Dallas

Seven of the city’s top Hispanic Chefs are joining together to kick off Cinco de Mayo by creating a unique, one-night only culinary adventure. Mezclar: A Celebration of Modern Mexican Fare, will feature the acclaimed talents of newly crowned Rising Star Chef Anastacia Quinones of The Cedars Social; Omar Flores of Whistle Britches; Luis Olvera of Trompo, Luis Sanchez of The Village Culinary Lab; David Pena, formerly with Braindead Brewing and Bowls & Tacos; Lisa Martel-Mohon of Wheel Foods; and JP Mancha of the NYLO Hotel and Bar.

Mezclar will be held at Four Corners Brewing Co., 1300 S. Ervay Street in Dallas. Produced by RVC Promotions, the celebration begins at 7 p.m. on May 2. Tickets are available for only $50, and will include unlimited food tastings from the participating chefs. The chefs are preparing delicious Mexican cuisine that merges traditional dishes with modern twists.

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Next on the Cinco de Mayo calendar, newly-opened entertainment and food complex, Big Beat Dallas, has planned a Cinco de Derby. With mint juleps and margaritas on the menu, everyone is invited to grab your favorite Derby hat or Mexican sombrero and come to the first ever Big Beat Dallas Cinco de Derby party. Frozen margaritas, Mexican beers, tequila shots, tacos, tamales and churros are $5 each.

Saturday night, Martini Ranch at Big Beat Dallas hosts a Singles de Mayo party from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Drink specials include $5 tequila shots, and there will be games with prizes throughout the night. Entertainment will be provided by The Tejas Brothers.

Big Beat Dallas is a major tenant within the Toyota Music Factory in Irving, consisting of five restaurants: Texas Jam House & Marketplace, Bar Manzanilla Taqueria and Tequila Bar, Texas C Bar, Highway 61 South and Martini Ranch. The restaurants surround the Texas Lottery® Plaza, which includes two stages for live music. The space will feature a Farmers Market every Saturday, as well as live music 365 days a year.