El Mesõn Restaurant Wins This Year’s Caribbean SEA Salsa Competition

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The ninth annual Caribbean SEA Beach Party, benefiting the Caribbean and Tennessee Student Environmental Alliances, took place earlier this month, and El Meson Restaurant took top honors in the salsa tasting competition.

The tasting was contested by a field of 10 competitors that included Taqueria Jalisco (second place) and Taco Mamacita (third place). Also participating in the competition were: Conga Latin Food (last year’s winner); Sluggo’s vegetarian café; Amigo Mexican Restaurant in Red Bank; La Altena; Ayala’s; Mark Wisdom and Taylor Perkins.

El Meson is at 248 Northgate Park, near Northgate mall. In addition to delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine, El Meson caters all events. For more information, call 423 710-1201.

For the past several years, Mary Beth Sutton and the folks at CaribbeanSEA have hosted the salsa competition as part of the organization’s annual fundraiser. The Beach Party also includes live and silent auctions where everything from locally crafted goods from the Caribbean to weeklong stays at island resorts are available for bidding. All proceeds raised at the annual event go to maintaining a clean aquatic environment both here in Hamilton County and in some of the best scuba diving locations in the Caribbean Sea.



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