What better way to celebrate a restaurant milestone than writing a cookbook? Just ask Michael Cordúa and son David Cordúa, who marked the restaurant empire's 25-year history with publication of their first-ever cookbook, Cordúa: Foods of the Americas. In celebration, they invited 200 friends, family and customers to Américas River Oaks to nosh on happy hour favorites while perusing the book in its first public offering.
The father/son duo co-authored Cordúa with food writer John DeMers and engaged the talents of photographer Julie Soefer to bring the recipes to life. Published by Bright Sky Press, the colorful book, complete with family remembrances by Michael Cordúa, contains more than 100 recipes. Bright Sky publisher Lucy Herring Chambers joined the celebration with the other principles in the book's production.
Those longing for the secrets of soft shell crawfish taquitos, plantain-crusted chicken or corn poblano soup, will find them in Cordúa. Recipes for specialty drinks (cucumber gin mojito, anyone?) and desserts are included along with recipes for rice and bean dishes, paella and pork.
Celebrating the quarter century of the Cordúa restaurant empire that encompasses seven doors (Churrascos, Artista, Américas and Cordúa catering) were guests including Lucia Cordúa, Sylia Gallegos, Juan Deshon, Dr. Ronald Soefer, Sarah DeMers, A.J. Mistretta, Tricia Harrison, Lindsey Brown, Jack Highberger, Marika Horn and Josh Espinedo.