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Happy New Year 2019! On this edition of The NOLADrinks Show, we are talking Top Taco and Agave Week over at the Uptown New Orleans restaurant, Araña. We talk with event coordinator Shane Finkelstein and Araña’s chef/owner, Richard Papier. We discuss this third annual event, how it’s grown, Tequila and Mezcal, Mexican cuisine, and more.

Pictured above from left – Bryan Dias of The NOLADrinks Show, Richard Papier of Araña, and Shane Finkelstein of NOLA Agave Week and Top Taco.

The NOLADrinks Show – 12-31-18 – Talking NOLA Agave Week and Top Taco at Araña Taquería

We get things rolling by letting you know what’s up on this week’s program as well as letting you know about next week’s – the start of our French Quarter Fest Series. We also share some New Year’s thoughts.

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Our featured interview at Araña, a fine Uptown New Orleans Mexican spot, is next. We’re joined by chef/owner Richard Papier and Shane Finkelstein, the showrunner for the third annual Top Taco and Agave Week coming to New Orleans from March 10th through the 14th. We talk about this great event, how its grown beyond just the grand tasting that is Top Taco, and all the cool activities taking place beforehand – including panel discussions, tequila and mezcal tastings, a spirits competition and judging, parties, and much more!

We also chat about Araña, Richard’s background, and Mexican cuisine in general. We touch on mezcal and tequila as well as some thoughts on cocktails. For this portion of things, we’re joined by Araña’s head bartender and GM, Armand Gonzales.

Of course, we let you know how you can get involved with Agave Week and Top Taco. Use the links to find more info and get tickets to the various happenings.

Pictured at left, from left – Shane Finkelstein of NOLA Agave Week and Top Taco and Richard Papier of Araña Taquería.

Of course, we let you know how you can get involved with Agave Week and Top Taco. Use the links to find more info and get tickets to the various happenings.

We close things out with a brief (hey, it’s New Year’s!) Another Shot with NOLADrinks and our Parting Shot. The map below shows the location of Araña, the Ace Hotel (where most of the Agave Week events are happening), and Woldenberg Park (the location of Top Taco.) You can subscribe to, stream, and download The NOLADrinks Show podcast using the links and player above.

Cheers and Happy New Year, You All!

~ Bryan