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Mi Famila Now Hiring!

Mi Familia is now hiring Grand Opening of "Mi Familia" is set for Fall 2019!! Be part of our opening team at the Rim Location.

Open Interviews this week from 9:00 a.m - 4:30 p.m at our Human Resources offices located at 800 Dolorosa Suite 205 San Antonio, TX 78207

*Dress to impress *Have two forms for ID's

Click here to Apply 

Conchas For The Cure With Susan G. Koman

La Familia Cortez Restaurants is proud to announce that we have partnered with Susan G. Komen San Antonio during the month of October for our second annual Conchas for The Cure. During the month of October, all net proceeds from pink conchas purchased at Mi Tierra Cafe will go to Susan G. Komen San Antonio! Stop in at any time of the day for a delicious, pink concha.

We will also be selling limited edition Pan Dulce t-shirts and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen!

Buy a concha for yourself and a friend and tag us at #ConchasForTheCure!

El Grito San Antonio 2019!

For the first time San Antonio celebrates Mexican Independence as El Grito San Antonio 2019 featuring the Dieciseis de Septiembre Parade and Celebration at Plaza Guadalupe, Fiestas Patrias and El Grito Civic Ceremony at Market Square. 

Please join us at Market Square September 14 & 15 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. for a weekend of celebration and music with multiple stages featuring Tejano legends, Mariachi groups and other traditional music. Food booths of various "antojitos" will be available as well as cultural artisan vendors.

For adults, Cuervo Tradicional will be sampling at their Cuervo Corner with live mariachi karaoke. For kids and families, the Rincon de Alebrijes will be open from 12pm to 4pm including children's activities such as talleres de alebrijes and traditional children's games.

This two day event is free and open to the public. 

For more information please visit our Facebook event page!

Our 2019 Fiesta medal is here!

Grab your sashes and start pinning, the La Familia Cortez medals are ready to be added to your collection of medals for 2019! Come by any of the La Familia Cortez restaurants to purchase our official Fiesta medal! 

Come try our 2019 Fiesta Drink, Piñata Sunset!

Stop by Mariachi Bar and Viva Villa during Fiesta to try our 2019 Fiesta Drink, the Piñata Sunset! This delicious drink has Smirnoff Vodka and a shot of Tequila then topped with a Smirnoff Ice, fruit and candy! 

Fiesta De Los Reyes at Market Square

This is the ninth year the Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation and City of San Antonio partner to produce Fiesta de los Reyes at Market Square, a culturally-rich celebration featuring daily and nightly live performances, a wide variety of delicious cuisine and exciting family-friendly events. The event is an Official Fiesta Event!

The event opens at 10 AM and closes at Midnight. Saturdays till 1 AM. Admission is free!

2019 Fiesta De Los Reyes is Presented by Bud Light San Antonio and by Rey Feo Consejo Educational Foundation.

At Fiesta de los Reyes you'll experience daily live entertainment from multiple stages featuring a variety of music, including the best Tejano and Conjunto, Latin jazz, and Country Western. You'll also love singing and dancing to hits from the 80s, 90s and today, played by some rockin' cover bands!

Enjoy Mexican cuisine, Cajun shrimp, hamburgers, fresh fruit drinks, funnel cakes and new delicious Fiesta treats. Your taste buds will have a fiesta as you enjoy food from over 30 delicious food booths! You might run into this year's Rey Feo!

Please remember that chairs, ice chests, glass bottles, and aluminum cans/bottles are prohibited in Market Square during Fiesta.

ABOUT REY FEO CONSEJO EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION

The Rey Consejo Educational Foundation is a membership-based nonprofit founded in 1982 by Rey Feo XXXII Logan Stewart. The organization is comprised of 20 former Reyes Feos and 125 business and civic leaders. The organization's mission is to uphold the traditions, increase awareness and support the efforts of the LULAC Council #2 Rey Feo Scholarship Program. Visit the Foundation's website at www.reyfeoconsejo.org.

To learn more about our partner organization, the Rey Feo Scholarship Foundation, visit www.reyfeoscholarship.com. El Rey Feo was founded in 1942 by LULAC Council #2 to raise scholarships for deserving high schools students. The program has raised over $7 million in scholarships within the past 10 years.

For more information visit: https://www.fiestadelosreyes.com

Margarita y Musica 0.5K

To all the slow-sippers and casual strollers, this race is for you. Grab your walking shoes and join us in celebrating National Margarita Day with a fun-(not)-run.

Tickets are $25 and include 4 mini-margaritas from each La Familia Cortez Restaurant and a full-sized Refrescante Beer-rita at the end.

Packet pick-up at La Margarita begins at 4pm. Sip your way from La Margarita to Mi Tierra and finally to Viva Villa as you drink your way through the race course. (Don't worry, a race map will be included in your packet so you won't get lost on this long trek). Enjoy a variety of music at each location including Final Cut Band and a vinyl DJ.

The race concludes with a finish-line party at Viva Villa where you can celebrate with your final race-drink.

To purchase tickets click here!

Día de San Valentín at Mariachi Bar

Join us at Mariachi Bar on February 14 for a day of Amor y Amistad! We'll be offering a three-course meal and live music by strolling trios. Stop by early for Cocktail Hour from 5:30-7:00 p.m. for drink specials and live music by Spanish Guitarist George Gaytan!

Make your reservations now by calling us at 210-212-4302!

Three-course Dinner: $45

Menu:
First Course
Sopes

Second Course
Tender Short Ribs or Pollo Poblano

Third Course
Mexican Chocolate Lava Cake with your choice of a bubbly flight or one craft cocktail

Galentine’s Day at Viva Villa

Celebrate the month of amor at Viva Villa! Grab all your favorite girl friends and enjoy a painting class with food and cocktails!

Ticket: $52.50

We'll have a painting class by Cristina Sosa Noriega where she'll be teaching you exactly how to paint! You will be provided with all the supplies needed for the painting class.

Viva Villa will provide passed appetizers. Mar Azul Tequila will be providing one welcome cocktail per guest with the purchase of a ticket!

honeysuckle will also be providing one of their delicious milkshakes, Candy Crush, to each guest! This is a lavender milkshake with meringues, chocolate truffle, sprinkles & edible glitter.

We'll have a vinyl DJ and we'll be raffling away prizes from Macy's and Mar Azul Tequila!

The first 25 guests will be receiving goodie bags by MexiMoments! 

To purchase your tickets click here!

La Familia Cortez to open new restaurant in The Rim

La Familia Cortez Restaurants has announced their plans to open the company’s fifth restaurant. Located in THE RIM at 18403 IH-10, San Antonio, TX 78257, the new restaurant will be La Familia Cortez’s first full-service venture outside of Market Square.

La Familia Cortez will host a special reveal event and press conference in early 2019 to announce more details of the new restaurant, including the name, images of the design, and launch website and social media channels so guests can receive updates about the progress and opening date.

THE RIM location is tentatively scheduled to open in Summer 2019, and will be looking to select 150 new team members that fit the company’s mission, values and culture. To apply, please visit www.joinlafamilia.com.

The existing property at THE RIM will undergo a substantial reimaging to transform the space into a restaurant reminiscent of La Familia Cortez, but with its own distinct identity. Once complete, the restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner with menus that reflect the most popular dishes from La Familia Cortez’s other restaurants, alongside authentic, chef-inspired dishes and family-style offerings.

Guests can also expect to find pan dulce and Mexican candy from Mi Tierra’s world-famous bakery, a stately bar that evokes the best of Mexico serving craft cocktails alongside classic Mexican beers and margaritas, special programming to include live music and, of course, plenty of cultura including piñatas, Christmas lights and altars.

New Year’s Eve Celebración at Mariachi Bar!

Join us at Mariachi Bar as we celebrate and ring in the new year at our New Year's Eve Celebración!

Our night of festivities will include a three course dinner with your choice of a Hand-carved Ribeye or Garlic Butter Jumbo Shrimp, live music by Onda Caliente, two craft cocktails, a champagne toast and a Maestro Dobel tequila shot at midnight!

Doors open at 8:30 p.m.
Dinner Service from 8:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Live music by Onda Caliente from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Buy your tickets and reserve your table today by calling us at 210-212-4302!

Adult with Reserved Seating- $86.95
-Includes a Ribeye or Jumbo Shrimp three course dinner, two craft cocktails, party favors, a champagne toast and a tequila shot at midnight. A reserved seat for dinner.

Adult with No Reserved Seating- $48.94
-Includes two craft cocktails, party favors, champagne toast and a tequila shot at midnight. No dinner or reserved seat with this ticket.

Child's Ticket- $27.95
-Includes a steak sliders or chicken tender meal, party favors and an apple cider toast at midnight.

Tamal Masa and Red Chile Pork Recipe

Tamal Masa Recipe

This recipe makes approximately 2 dozen. 

Ingredients:

3 cups of masa harina (i.e. Maseca)

1.5 cups of chicken broth or water 

2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

1 tsp ancho chile powder

Directions:

  1. In a bowl combine the Masa Harina with the broth or water until crumbly
  2. In a mixer with a paddle attachment add the rest of the ingredients, separate from the crumbly masa mixture.
  3. Whip the ingredients on medium speed until the lard is fluffy, approx. 1 min
  4. Begin to add the crumbly masa mixture to the lard, a third at a time until it is all incorporated.
  5. Now your Masa is ready to spread, note if your masa is not spreading easily onto the corn husk,

    please add more broth or water. 

    Notes on Cooking

    1. Tamales that are raw will be cooked in a pot on the stove with a steamer basket for approx. 1.5
      hours. Sometimes a little less or longer depending on how big the tamales are. When they are fully
      cooked, the masa will come away from the corn husk cleanly.
    2. To Reheat Tamales, either wrap in a wet towel and place in the microwave for approx. 1‐2
      minutes, or place in the husk on a cast iron skillet over low heat, the outside of the husk will be
      charred and the tamales get a nice corn flavor.
    3. Provecho! 

Red Chile Pork Recipe

Ingredients:

1⁄2 lb Pork Shoulder, Cubed
3 Guajillos, boiled, deseeded and blended
3 Ancho Chiles boiled, deseeded, and blended 1/cup of Chicken Broth
1⁄2 cup of diced white onion
1 clove of garlic, diced
1⁄2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp of salt
1 bay leaf

Directions:

1. Cook all ingredients in a crockpot for 4‐5 hours until the meat is completely tender, taste and add salt to adjust seasoning. 

Join Chef Cariño Cortez for a Kids’ Tamalada at Pico de Gallo

Chef Carino Cortez will teach children the culinary cultural tradition of tamal making just in time for the holidays! This class is recommended for children ages 5 and older.

Parents can enjoy breakfast at Pico de Gallo while children learn to make yummy tamales!

Class includes: storybook reading, tamal lesson, tamales and hot chocolate to eat during class and tamales to take home.

Space is limited. Sign up today!

La Gran Tamalada

Join us at La Gran Tamalada for a cultural culinary tradition at Historic Market Square on December 8th from 11AM to 7PM! La Familia Cortez has once again partnered with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to move the event from its original home at the Guadalupe Theater to Historic Market Square for an expanded cultural experience.

Learn how to make tamales and take a few of your own home with hands-on workshops or purchase your dozens of tamales for the holiday season at one of many tamal vendors. For the kids, there will be children's activities such as storybook reading, corn husk doll decorating and photo ops with Pancho Claus provided by the San Antonio Public Library.

With live music and so much more, there's something for the whole family to learn about the festive tradition of tamales!

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Keep checking back for more information and a full schedule of events.

Dia de los Muertos at Market Square

El Mercado, the heart of Latino cultura in San Antonio, will come to life on Friday, November 2 to celebrate Dia de los Muertos.

Join us for a screening of Pixar's Coco, a folklorico performance by Teresa Champion and an art show by Henry Ford Academy that is a tribute to the students' favorite deceased rockstar! HFA students will also offer face painting, turning any visitor into the Catrina of their dreams.
The San Antonio Public Library’s Latino Collection will be onsite with children’s activities and workshops. Join them in decorating mini sugar skulls or making nichos to place on the public alter at El Mercado.
Market Square food vendors and artisans will be active on the plazas, selling handmade items such as calaveras and flower crowns.

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

Oktubrefest at Market Square

Come join us Friday, October 12 from 4-10:30 p.m. at the Historic Market Square for the 1st annual Oktubrefest.

Experience the fusion of German and Mexican culture with food, German entertainment and a stage featuring Grammy Award winners, Los Texmaniacs and traditional German polka dancing with OFF THE GRID!

Bring your lederhosen and guayaberas and we'll provide the cerveza, musik and cultura. Prost! Salud!

This event is free and open to the public. More details to come soon!

Conchas for The Cure with Susan G. Komen

La Familia Cortez Restaurants is proud to announce that we have partnered with Susan G. Komen San Antonio during the month of October for our first annual Conchas for The Cure. During the month of October, all net proceeds from pink conchas purchased at Mi Tierra Cafe will go to Susan G. Komen San Antonio! Stop in at any time of the day for a delicious, pink concha.

We will also be selling limited edition Pan Dulce t-shirts and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen!

Buy a concha for yourself and a friend and tag us at #ConchasForTheCure!

Industry Night at La Margarita

Join us on Thursday, August 30 for Industry Night at La Margarita! This night is dedicated to San Antonio's hard working service industry community.

We'll have DJ music, drinks, food and an extended HAPPY HOUR all night long! Make sure to stop by with Modelo and Corona to spin the prize wheel!

We'll also have $6 Partida Margaritas, $10 Partida Flights and a $10 appetizer buffet!

Kick back and relax with friends and family so they, too, can be a part of the fiesta!

Celebrate Restaurant Weeks with La Margarita!

La Margarita is participating in Culinaria's Restaurant Weeks! Stop by between August 11-25 and try our special three-course menu. Click here to make your reservation.

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National Tequila Day Ft. Beatriz Gonzalez

Celebrate National Tequila Day at Mariachi Bar on July 24 with artist Beatriz Gonzalez and Avión Tequila!

Details:
$10-$20 Cover; Each person will receive Beatriz Gonzalez's new album, La Tequilera, and a small margarita.
Doors open at 5 p.m.
We will have Trios playing from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Beatriz Gonzalez will perform and have a Q & A with guests from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Also, join us for our DJ after party from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Check back for more information and for details on Beatriz Gonzalez, check out her page: https://www.facebook.com/Beatriz956/

Tequila Cured Shrimp Ceviche

You will need:

1 lb. of fresh Gulf Shrimp 

3 oz. of your choice of Tequila 

1.5 oz. of Sangria 

2 oz. Red Onion

2 Bay Leafs 

4 oz. Lime Juice

1 Serrano Pepper Sliced 

1 oz. Sliced Cucumber

1 oz. Sliced Jicama 

.5 oz. Cilantro 

Pinch of Oregano, Salt, and Ground Black Pepper 

.5 oz Diced Avocado 

Marinate for 3 hours in the refrigerator 

San Antonio’s Commemorative Week

La Familia Cortez Restaurants will be commemorating San Antonio's 300 May 2nd - 6th throughout their restaurants. These events will be sponsored by Corona and Casa Noble! Join us to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and San Antonio's 300!

See below for other events during San Antonio's Commemorative Week at La Familia Cortez Restaurants:

May 2: Lotería Night at Pico de Gallo: Cinco de Mayo Edition from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sponsored by Corona

May 3: Chancla Throwing Contest at La Margarita from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Corona

May 4: Join us at La Margarita for a fun Fiesta in the Market Square

May 5: El Grito Contest at Mariachi Bar from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sponsored by Corona

May 6: Cure your Cinco de Mayo hangover with some micheladas at any of our locations for Michelada Sunday

Our 2018 Fiesta Medals are Here!

It's that time of the year again! Our 2018 Fiesta medals are here and you can finally purchase yours in-store! Each restaurant will be selling their individual medal at their restaurant. Mi Tierra and La Pachanga Store will be selling all of La Familia Cortez Restaurants' Fiesta Medals. Buy all six of La Familia Cortez Restaurants' Fiesta medals at Mi Tierra and receive a $20 gift card to our restaurants! 

Fiesta Medal Launch Party

Come Fiesta with the 2018 Battle of Flowers Grand Marshall on April 5th from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Viva Villa and Concho Plaza on the Market Square!

Join La Familia Cortez Restaurants for the release of our 2018 Fiesta Medals and be the first to get your hands on them!

Our launch party for all the medals will be at Viva Villa and Concho Plaza located at the Market Square.
Tickets will be available to purchase for $25 at Viva Villa or online at the link above.

The ticket gets you, one La Familia Cortez Restaurant Fiesta medal of your choice (excludes Grand Marshall medal), entry into the party, a buffet, access to exclusive happy hour prices until 9 p.m. and DJ music!

Also, come dressed in your BEST Fiesta Hat for our Fiesta Hat Competition! Winner will get a $50 gift card to the restaurants and a Grand Marshall medal!

Paper Flower Workshop at La Margarita

Join us at La Margarita Restaurant on March 8th for a paper flower workshop with Forever Petals by Vee as we celebrate International Women's Day!

Event Details:
$40
You will be provided with all the materials you need. Plus, an appetizer buffet and aguas frescas. We will also be having an extended happy hour and drink specials!

Purchase your tickets at 210-212-4302 now as we will have limited seating!

Must be 10 years and older. You must be accompanied by a paying adult if you are under the age of 18.

Margarita Madness at La Margarita

What better place to celebrate National Margarita Day than at La Margarita Restaurant itself!

Join us on February 22nd at La Margarita located in the Historic Market Square! Help La Familia Cortez settle who has the best margarita in the Mercado. Mariachi Bar, La Margarita, Pico de Gallo, and Viva Villa will be on site serving up their fresh, original margaritas.

Event Details:
Wristband for $25
Wristband includes a purchase of your margarita flight consisting of four signature mini margaritas and a CoronaRita. Enjoy our DJ music and some delicious botanas. Corona ambassadors will be on-site!

Then head over to Mariachi Bar for live music featuring Final Cut Band and reverse happy hour from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Nacho Bar buffet available at the Mariachi Bar with purchase of your wristband. 

Wristbands are purchased at La Margarita Restaurant.

Spend Valentine’s Day With Us!

Enjoy the night with your loved one at any of our family of restaurants. Pico de Gallo, La Margarita, and Viva Villa will be having exclusive Dia de San Valentin menus. Viva Villa will also have a harpist playing throughout the evening and to reserve your table you can call (210) 212-4302. Mi Tierra will have a photo booth and the Trios playing through the night. Mi Tierra will not be taking reservations and will be seating on a first come, first serve basis. Pico de Gallo and La Margarita will be taking reservations through OpenTable!

Reserve your table with us today! 

Join us at Mariachi Bar for the Big Game!

The Big Game is finally here and Mariachi Bar will be having a buffet watch party! Join us this Sunday on February 4 at 5 pm! 

Mariachi Bar will have a Big Game Menu consisting of Hamburguesa Mexicana, Sonora Dog, Barbacoa Street Tacos and Smoked Tejano Wings. A Botana Buffet will also be available for $12 which includes Tejano Wings, Albondigas en Chile Chipotle, Arroz Mexicano, Jalapeño Poppers, a Nacho Bar and much more! 

Bud Light will be joining us for the watch party! You also don't want to miss out on our extended happy hour throughout the game. 

Mariachi Bar is located inside of Mi Tierra.

Chipotle Rubbed Prime Rib Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 10-12 lbs. of ribeye loin
  • 1 bag of mesquite wood chips
  • 1 bottle of tequila
  • 2 oz. liquid smoke
  • 1 bell pepper (sliced)
  • ½ onion (Sliced)
  • 1 bunch of celery

Chipotle Rub:

  • 1 cup garlic powder
  • ¾ cup onion powder
  • 1 cup sea salt
  • 2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup chipotle powder
  • ¼ cup smoke paprika

Steps for the Chipotle Rub:

  1. Mix all ingredients
  2. Cover all sides of the ribeye loin with the Chipotle Rub
  3. Place mesquite wood chips in a 6 inch pan then soak with tequila and liquid smoke
  4. Add bell pepper red, celery and onion
  5. Add in the mesquite pan a smaller perforated tray for the prime rib, prime rib should be already covered with the chipotle rub sauce
  6. Cook in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-6 hours, depending on the size of the meat. Intern Meat temperature must reach 130 to 140 degrees.

By: KSAT- SA Live

La Gran Tamalada: Comida, Musica, Y Familia By Downtown San Antonio

Cariño Cortez was sixteen when she started working at her family’s restaurant, Mi Tierra. She learned quickly that there were many more aspects to running the iconic business than she thought. Jorge, her father, made sure that she understood not only La Familia Cortez Restaurants, but the communities they touch...

Read the full article here

Ring in the New Year at the Mariachi Bar NYE Bash

The Mariachi Bar New Years Eve Celebration is here! Our night of festivities will include a prime rib dinner from 9 p.m. - 11 p.m. You will enjoy two savory house drinks during the night, a Patron tequila swag bag and a champagne toast. We will all ring in the new year with a Patron tequila shot at midnight!

Enjoy music by Albert and Ecstacy while enjoying giveaways by Patron Tequila at every hour!

This event is on December 31, 2017 and doors open at 9 p.m.

Mariachi Package- $84.95
-Includes a Prime Rib dinner, two house drinks, Patron tequila swag, a champagne toast and a tequila shot at midnight. A reserved seat for dinner.

Trio Package- $44.95
-Includes two house drinks, Patron tequila swag, champagne toast and a tequila shot at midnight. No dinner or reserved seat with this ticket.

Child's Ticket- $25.00
-Includes a chicken tender meal, party favors and a Ginger ale toast at midnight.

To purchase your tickets click here!

Chef Cariño Cortez will be Hosting a Kids Tamalada at Pico de Gallo

Chef Cariño Cortez will teach children the culinary cultural tradition of tamale making just in time for the holidays! Parents can enjoy breakfast at Pico de Gallo while children learn to make yummy tamales!

Class includes: storybook reading, tamale lesson, tamales and hot chocolate to eat during class and tamales to take home.

This class is recommended for children ages 5 and older. Space is limited. Sign up today here!

WHEN:

Sat, December 16, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

WHERE:

Pico de Gallo

111 South Leona Street

San Antonio, TX 78207

La Familia Cortez Restaurants will be a part of Fantasyland at Milam Park

La Familia Cortez Restaurants will be a part of Fantasyland at Milam Park with some cookies and hot chocolate. This event is free to the public and there will be face painting, food trucks, santa visits and the lighting of the Christmas tree!  We are so excited to be a part of an event that is fun and festive for the whole family! Fantasyland at Milam Park will take place on November 25 from 12 pm- 6 pm.

Mi Tierra Café & Bakery will be open on Thanksgiving Day!

Although Pico de Gallo, La Margarita and Viva Villa will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Mi Tierra never closes! They will be serving up two Thanksgiving meals for you to choose from. A traditional three course thanksgiving meal and for a Thanksgiving with a Mexican twist, a Turkey en Mole Poblano. Mariachi Bar will also be open and will have this three course feast available to everyone as well. Below are our holiday hours for our other restaurants.

Holiday Hours:

Pico de Gallo:

11/22: 7 am - 9 pm
11/23: CLOSED
11/24: 8 am - 1 1 pm

La Margarita:

11/22: 11 am - 9 pm
11/23: CLOSED
11/24: 11 am - 11 pm

Viva Villa:

11/22: 11 am - 3 pm
11/23: CLOSED
11/24: 11 am - 11 pm

Join us for La Gran Tamalada at the Historic Market Square

Join us at La Gran Tamalada for a cultural culinary tradition! This year La Familia Cortez has partnered with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center to move the event from its original home at the Guadalupe Theater to Historic Market Square for an expanded cultural experience. Learn how to make tamales and take a few of your own home with hands-on demonstrations or purchase your dozens of tamales for the holiday season at one of many tamal vendors. For the kids there will be children's activities in Centro de Artes such as storybook reading, corn husk doll decorating and photo opps with Pancho Claus provided by the San Antonio Public Library. With live music and so much more, there's something for the whole family to learn about the festive tradition of tamales! This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.

 La Gran Tamalada will take place on December 10, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Pan de Muerto Recipe

Pan de Muerto is a sweetened, soft bread shaped like a bun, often decorated with bone-shaped phalanges pieces. Pan de Muerto, also known as Pan de los Muertos, is traditionally baked in Mexico during the weeks leading up to Dia de los Muertos, which is celebrated on November 1 and 2. It is then eaten on our loved ones altar or gravesite as part of the celebration, as well as some of their favorite foods. Below is a recipe you can make to join in on the celebration!

Ingredients: 1/4 cup margarine, 1/4 cup milk, 1/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C), 3 cups all-purpose flour, 1 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons anise seed, 1/4 cup white sugar, 2 eggs, beaten, 2 teaspoons orange zest, 1/4 cup white sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice, 1 tablespoon orange zest, 2 tablespoons white sugar

Directions:

1. Heat the milk and the butter together in a medium saucepan, until the butter melts. Remove from the heat and add the warm water. The mixture should be around 110 degrees F (43 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl combine 1 cup of the flour, yeast, salt, anise seed and 1/4 cup of the sugar. Beat in the warm milk mixture then add the eggs and orange zest and beat until well combined. Stir in 1/2 cup of flour and continue adding more flour until the dough is soft.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
4. Place the dough into a lightly greased bowl cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. This will take about 1 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and shape it into a large round loaf with a round knob on top. Place dough onto a baking sheet, loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until just about doubled in size.
5. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven let cool slightly then brush with glaze.
6. To make glaze: In a small saucepan combine the 1/4 cup sugar, orange juice and orange zest. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes. Brush over top of bread while still warm. Sprinkle glazed bread with white sugar.

La Familia Cortez Named Grand Marshal for the Battle of Flowers Parade

It may be six months away but, its never too early to start getting excited about Fiesta! The Battle of Flowers Association announced La Familia Cortez as the grand marshal for the 2018 Battle of Flowers Parade. The theme will be '300 Timeless Treasures' where they will be honoring the past and future of the Alamo City.

The Cortez family was selected because of its dedication to preserving the city's culture, its love of family, its work ethic and heart for philanthropy, the Battle of Flowers Association said in a release.

We couldn't be more excited and look forward to celebrating our city's culture and its 300th anniversary!

The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on April 27, 2018.

Join us for a Kids Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Workshop

Join Chef Cariño Cortez, third generation Cortez Family member, as she teaches children the festive traditions of Dia de Los Muertos through storytelling, food, and a hands-on activity. Cariño will teach the kids to decorate sugar skulls as a cultural story book is read. At the end of the workshop, children will take home their sugary masterpieces along with some pan de muerto. Parents can enjoy a late breakfast or lunch, with a mimosa, at Pico de Gallo while children take part in the activities. Space is limited so sign up today here!

WHEN:

Sat, October 28, 2017

10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 

WHERE:

Pico de Gallo

111 South Leona Street

San Antonio, TX 78207

La Familia Cortez partners with Partida Tequila for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

We have partnered up with PartidaTequila to support their sponsorship of AVON 39. Avon 39 is an organization dedicated to the research for a cure for cancer. For every case of tequila we sell, Partida will donate 39 dollars to the foundation. Beginning today, we will be serving Pink Margaritas with Partida Tequila.  So this is not only an opportunity for you to try our new drink, but to also participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and give back to such an important cause. All of our La Familia Cortez Restaurants will be participating! 

The Partida 39 Margaritas will be available from October 18-31. Regular size will be $8.99 and Jumbo will be $11.99.

Pico de Gallo Partners with DineTime

We are excited to announce that Pico de Gallo has partnered with DineTime to give guests the opportunity to reserve online. Skip the wait and download the DineTime app today!

DineTime gives the opportunity for local and out of town guests to reserve online and walk right to their table when they arrive. Reserve online now on Pico de Gallo's website or download the app!

La Margarita Partners with OpenTable

La Margarita Restaurant partners with OpenTable for online reservations. OpenTable gives local and out of town guests the pleasure to reserve ahead of time. On OpenTable you have the opportunity to check out our menu, photos, and guest reviews. Download the app or visit La Margarita's website to reserve your table today!

Celebrate Freedom Fest at The Historic Market Square This Weekend!

Freedom Fest is a fun-filled weekend event for all family and friends to come out to. On July 4th enjoy delicious food, crafts, music and dancing throughout "El Mercado!"

Enjoy a Patriota Bomb-Pop at La Margarita's and Viva Villa's Patio or handmade fresh pan dulce at Mi Tierra's Café y Panaderia. We wish you a Happy Fourth of July from La Familia Cortez Restaurants. See you this weekend!

Exclusive Patriota Bomb-Pop Margarita During Fourth of July Weekend!

This weekend La Familia Cortez Restaurants will have an exclusive Fourth of July feature, the Patriota Bomb-Pop Margarita! Show off your red, white, and blue pride with a cold, savory margarita.

This margarita will be featured from June 30th thru July 4th at ALL of our restaurants. Come out to the Historic Market Square and celebrate with us!

Recipe To Make Pecan Praline Crepes At Home!

Learn how to make delicious Pecan Praline Crepes at home! Chef Cariño Cortez walks us through step-by-step on SA Live KSAT this past week! These savoring Pecan Praline Crepes are available this weekend June 23rd-June 26th only at La Margarita Restaurant. Come out to the Historic Market Square and celebrate with us! 

Link: Pecan Praline Crepes Recipe and Step-by-Step Process by Chef Cariño

Celebrate National Pecan Praline Day With Us All Week Long!

This "Dulce de Nuez" is freshly made everyday from our lovely candyman, Tereso! You can purchase our homemade, delicious pecan pralines at our panaderias. In celebration of this holiday we are offering an exclusive Pecan Praline Crepes at La Margarita Restaurant starting now until June 25th! You don't want to miss out on this!

Fun Fact: Pecan pralines are our number one selling item at the panaderia. On average 400 candies are made a day so we can share the savory taste to all our guests! Want to share the love? Come by our gift shop at Mi Tierra and purchase a gift basket filled with pecan pralines to give to a loved one. They won't be disappointed. What if you're not in town to celebrate? No worries, we can ship a gift basket of Pecan Pralines straight to you! Visit our gift shop online to join in on the fiesta!

Learning to Make Tamales at the Guadalupe, Cortez Family Style

La Gran Tamalada at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center on the city’s Westside is a tradition that dates back nearly a decade, but the dozens of families and friends who would turn out for the seasonal gathering grew to an audience of hundreds last year when Cariño Cortez and four generations of her family of Mi Tierra fame took over.

Saturday’s tamal-making festival filled the theater, crowded the lobby, and spilled out into the street. Next year, Cariño told me, the Guadalupe probably will stage the event at Market Square, where this year’s crowd of 400 can double in size.

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Two Happy Hours We’re Loving Right Now

The afternoon isn’t yet dying, the sun not yet leaving when happy hour starts at Mi Tierra’s Mariachi Bar. But then you likely don’t really want to start drinking at 3. Wait until about 5: 30 p.m. You’ll still have an hour to go (happy hour runs 3:30 to 6:30 Monday through Friday), and the guayabera-clad trio may well have started serenading. Their voices give the impression of having been cured together over the years, much like an extra-añejo tequila. They are one of the best reasons to head to this timeless institution with its marvelously over-the-top mariachi décor. They began their set this evening with the Jose Alfredo Jimenez classic “La Media Vuelta,” from which the above lyrics come. Media vuelta, however, means “about face” — and I’m suggesting just the opposite.

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Small Three Table Restaurant Turns Into San Antonio Icon

It’s a story of the all American dream. Back in 1941, Pedro and Cruz Cortez opened a little restaurant. 75 years later, Mi Tierra Restaurant is an icon in San Antonio and the family business has grown to four restaurants.

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Rivard: Imagining San Antonio’s New Westside Story

The Cortez family knows how to throw a fiesta. That was evident Thursday night as 2,000 people brought El Mercado and the surrounding streets to life in a way too seldom seen in San Antonio. The occasion was a memorable one: the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Cortez family business by patriarch Pedro Cortez. Four generations of the family, including Pedro’s widow Cruz, were on hand to lead the festivities.

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Photo Gallery: La Familia Cortez Marks 75 Years of Business

“I call upon the Lord so that He can bless abundantly every member of the Cortez family,” said Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, who kicked off the evening with a prayer. “May the Holy Spirit be in them, the spirit of love, as they continue their mission of hospitality and service.”

About 2,000 people came to experience the occasion with the Cortez family, whose patriarch, the late Pedro Cortez, opened the iconic San Antonio restaurant Mi Tierra in 1951 and helped preserve Market Square as a place representative of Mexican cultura. In the face of urban renewal, Pedro helped El Mercado – which reminded him of his home in Guadalajara, Mexico – survive.

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San Antonio’s famous Mi Tierra celebrates 75 years

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La Familia Cortez y Mi Tierra: Celebrating 75 Years as San Antonio’s Culinary, Cultural Gems

This year, La Familia Cortez Restaurants, which owns the iconic San Antonio restaurant, Mi Tierra Café & Bakery, turns 75 years old, and even now, beneath the technicolor Christmas lights and papeles picados strung across the eatery’s ceiling, three generations of la familia Cortez are preserving and growing their legacy established by the family patriarch, the late Pedro Cortez.

Over the years, Mi Tierra, which also is a panadería, and cantina in the heart of San Antonio’s historic El Mercadoor Market Square – has become a downtown Tex-Mex staple for tourists, locals, and visiting celebrities alike, drawing families to celebrate birthdays, mourn the death of a loved one, or have their weekly Sunday dinner in a place that feels almost as familiar and warm as abuelita‘s.

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Mi Tierra Café: 75 años de sabor, trabajo y tradición (Fotogalería)

Llegar a los 75 años es, sin duda, una ocasión única de celebrarse. Por eso el restaurante Mi Tierra Café y Panadería, uno de los íconos gastronómicos de San Antonio, celebrará los suyos con todo lo colorido, sabroso y festivo la noche de este próximo jueves 15 de septiembre.

Para enfatizar mucho más la herencia mexicana que pregona su nombre (“Mi Tierra”), la familia Cortez, propietaria del restaurante, se coordinó con el Consulado de México en San Antonio para celebrar la Ceremonia de “El Grito” (por el 206 aniversario de la Independencia de México) en Market Square (Ave. Santa Rosa entre Commerce y Dolorosa) ese jueves de 6:30 p.m. a 9:30 p.m. anunció Pete Cortez, Chief Operating Officer de Mi Tierra.

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Striving Helped Establish San Antonio Restaurant Icon

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - The walls of San Antonio’s iconic Mi Tierra Cafe & Bakery are cemented by the mortar of sacrifice, trust and an old-world work ethic that never dies.

The glow of candlelit, home-style altars for past workers and Cortez family members greets customers at the entrance, symbolic of the common refrain heard from longtime employees: Mi Tierra is their second home. It all started in 1941, when Pedro Cortez and his wife, Cruz, bought a little three-table cafe at the San Antonio farmers market. Today, Mi Tierra seats 650 people in a vast space that has seen countless quinceaneras and graduations celebrated, much political campaigning and a little skullduggery, visiting celebrities galore and an endless stream of tourists from around the world.

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Family roots run deep as Mi Tierra celebrates 75 years at Market Square

September marks the 75th anniversary of Mi Tierra, a downtown staple. While it may be a place known for authentic Mexican food, the Cortez family, who owns the iconic restaurant, also works hard to preserve tradition, culture and their family's legacy.

"It's what makes San Antonio, San Antonio," Jorge Cortez said. "Mi Tierra, since 1941 (is) an immigrant story. It's the American story."

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Meet SA’s First Family of Food

Angelica Cortez never planned on a career in her family’s restaurant business. But after a few years of living a different life on her own, she found her passion right back where she started — at MTC Inc., the company that operates Mi Tierra and other local favorites.

Angelica, part of the family that runs San Antonio’s most profitable group of restaurants, graduated from Boston University with a degree in communications and went on to work as a graphic designer on the East Coast and later as an advertising and marketing executive in Los Angeles.

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Keeping Up With The Cortezes

Even Michael Cortez, part of the growing family’s third generation, finds it challenging to map out everyone he is related to. Spreading out multiple pages in an attempt to visualize the Cortez bloodline, Michael said he was giving his siblings children they never actually had, and rerouting relationships among cousins and nephews as he tried to organize who went where on his family tree.

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