Tequila!

Emmitt Smith entices pals to do good with tequila tasting and dinner

Emmitt Smith entices pals to do good with tequila tasting and dinner

Emmitt Smith
Emmitt Smith Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Tiffany Abraham, Tricia Harrison
Tiffany Abraham, Tricia Harrison Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Stephanie McFadden, Heather Burke
Stephanie McFadden, Heather Burke Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
A Mesero bartender gets the Herradura drinks prepped for guests. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Shaelyn Werner, Eric Werner
Shaelyn Werner, Eric Werner Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Gary Gadson, Mark Page
Gary Gadson, Mark Page Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Passed appetizers at Mesero
Mesero provided plenty of passed Tex-Mex apps. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Frank Bonilla, Mandy Ellis
Frank Bonilla, Mandy Ellis Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Paul and Beverly Barkhurst
Paul Barkhurts, Beverly Barkhurst Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Mico Rodriguez (left)
Mico Rodriguez takes the mic. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Laura and Steven Banale
Laura Banale, Steve Banale Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
John Banner, Karen Samford, Emmitt Smith
John Banner, Karen Samford, Emmitt Smith Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
A guest raises a glass. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Ruben Aceves
Global brand ambassador Ruben Aceves. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Margaritas made with Herradura tequila. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Craig Van Cleve, Tammy Siff
Craig Van Cleve, Tammy Siff Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Russ Hewitt Trio at Mesero
Russ Hewitt Trio Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
James Gleason, Veronica Owens
James Gleason, Veronica Owens Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Herradura demonstration. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Guests snap pics during the demo. Photo by Sylvia Elzafon
Emmitt Smith
Tiffany Abraham, Tricia Harrison
Stephanie McFadden, Heather Burke
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Shaelyn Werner, Eric Werner
Gary Gadson, Mark Page
Passed appetizers at Mesero
Frank Bonilla, Mandy Ellis
Paul and Beverly Barkhurst
Mico Rodriguez (left)
Laura and Steven Banale
John Banner, Karen Samford, Emmitt Smith
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Ruben Aceves
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Craig Van Cleve, Tammy Siff
Russ Hewitt Trio at Mesero
James Gleason, Veronica Owens
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015
Herradura + Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities 2015

National Tequila Day is a good excuse for a margarita, but Pat and Emmitt Smith saw it as an even greater reason to host a dinner at Mesero and raise money for their charities.

On July 23, one day prior to the salt-rimmed and lime-soaked holiday, generous guests donated $1,000 per couple to enjoy a delicious dinner hosted by Mico Rodriguez and paired with Tequila Herradura cocktails. Ruben Aceves, global brand ambassador for Tequila Herradura, walked guests through a tasting that included Herradura Silver, Reposado, Ultra and Seleccion Suprema. The latter is Herradura's top-of-the-line tequila, priced at approximately $350 a bottle.

Guests also had the opportunity to see — and snap photos of — a live agave harvest done by Jose Cortes, a third-generation Jimador from the Casa Herradura distillery in Amatitan, Mexico.

While the Russ Hewitt Trio played, servers passed appetizers of brisket nachos, chicken flautas and shrimp ceviche. Dinner began with a cazera salad and La Meserita cocktail, before moving on to second course consisting of a cheese tomatillo enchilada, pollo brasa with chipotle cheddar grits and the Mico 12 à la Mexicana — a flat-grilled New York strip steak prepared Mexican style. A La Dona cocktails, made with Herradura Reposado and citrus, kept things light.

A poblano cheesecake with a hint of Herradura anejo brought the meal to a sweet and slightly spicy finish. A Paris 57 Frozen Microrita, with Herradura Silver and house sangria, capped it off.

The special dinner raised $25,000 for the Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities, which provide educational opportunities and experiences to underserved children.