Margarita Taste Off

Candlelighters young professionals raise record amount at Margarita Taste Off

Young professionals raise record amount at Margarita Taste Off

Margarita Taste-off, Jeff Tarpinian, Bryce Beverly, Mike Smith
Jeff Tarpinian, Bryce Beverly, and Mike Smith sample some margaritas. Courtesy photo
Winning team from El Tiempo Cantina took home the prize of the day at Margarita Taste-Off
El Tiempo Cantina took top prize at the 9th annual Margarita Taste Off. Courtesy photo
Karl Henderson samples the Margarita Cupcake from Gigi’s, which won most creative recipe award at Margarita Taste-Off
Karl Henderson samples the Margarita cupcake from Gigi's, which won an award for most creative recipe. Courtesy photo
Margarita Taste-off, Judges Catherine and Colby Thomas
Margarita Taste Off judges Colby and Catherine Thomas. It's a tough job but someone has to do it. Courtesy photo
Jorge Raptis, Don Julio Presenting Sponsor at Margarita Taste-off
Jorge Raptis represents presenting sponsor Don Julio. Courtesy photo
Margarita Taste-off, Jeff Tarpinian, Bryce Beverly, Mike Smith
Winning team from El Tiempo Cantina took home the prize of the day at Margarita Taste-Off
Karl Henderson samples the Margarita Cupcake from Gigi’s, which won most creative recipe award at Margarita Taste-Off
Margarita Taste-off, Judges Catherine and Colby Thomas
Jorge Raptis, Don Julio Presenting Sponsor at Margarita Taste-off

What: Candlelighters Young Professionals Group’s 9th Annual Margarita Taste Off.

Where: Kirby Ice House.

The scoop: After rain went away, glorious weather made it the perfect day to sample margaritas and appetizers from 20 Houston-area restaurants vying for the title of "Best Margarita." Top prizes as voted by those who attended went to El Tiempo Cantina, with Eight Row Flint in second place, The Palm taking third, and fourth going to Habanera & The Guero. Honorable mention went to La Fisheria, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, Emma’s Mex Grill, and Beaver’s.

The Don Julio Critics Choice Awards, picked by a team of judges, were given to Emma’s Mex Grill and La Fisheria. More than 900 guests also enjoyed tunes spun by a DJ, a photo booth, a raffle and more.  

The event brought in a record $70,000 for Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, which provides emotional, educational, and practical support to children with cancer and their families in the the greater Houston area.

Who: Seen in the crowd were Katie and Bobby Stanton, Alex and Aron Will, Jess Rogers, Kelli Blanton, Sterling and Rob Evans, Mary Elizabeth O’Leary, Mary Caroline Lee, Leigh and Chris Joseph, Jeff Tarpinian, Bryce Beverly, Mike Smith, and Karl Henderson.