Branches General Manager, John Lombardo, knows his Mexican food and his Tequila. At 7:00 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo, Thursday, May 5, Mr. Lombardo will present a Mexican-style meal paired with Oro Azul Tequila…“Mexico’s Treasure. “
The menu is generous and according to Mr. Lombardo, the event will start with a cocktail hour in Branches’ beautiful Waterfall Garden, that is if the weather permits. This spring the temperatures have been lower than normal and it’s been a very wet season, but he hopes that Cinco de Mayo will prove lucky for the guests and the weather will be lovely.
During cocktail hour which begins at 7:00 p.m., there will be an assortment of Tapas and Samplers paired with the Tequila Bar which will feature the Classic Margarita and a Bloody Maria. The Tapas and Samplers will consist of: Crisp Calamari with agave honey and chipotle mayonnaise; Buffalo-style chicken bites on a plantain chip with blue cheese dip; Corn Fritters with Coconut-Pineapple sauce; Sweet Potato Fries with Molé Sauce; Ceviche spoons, and Smoked Chicken Quesadillas served with sour cream.
If you aren’t already stuffed from that repast, you will continue with a four-course dinner. The first course is a Spicy Ancho Chile BBQ shrimp with cilantro papardelle, Laird’s Apple Jack and lemon paired with an Oro Azul Anejo Pomegranate Perfection with Pomegranate Juice.
The second, or salad course will be a Citrus and Avocado salad with warm tortilla crisps.
The main course is a Tequila-marinated Sirloin of Beef with jalapeno chutney, cheese empanada & napoles (cactus) paired with a Tequila Mojito.
You will want to try to leave a little bit of room for dessert, a Classic Flan paired with a White Bull—a delicious confection of Oro Azul Reposado, Kahlua and Cream.
Reservations are now being accepted. The cost is $45 per person plus tax and a 20% service charge. To make your reservation, please call 732.542.7790. Branches Catering is located at 123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch, NJ 07764.
An added feature of this dinner is that should you absolutely fall in love and must have a particular Tequila, you will have the opportunity to purchase a bottle at a significant savings and take it home with you that evening.
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