Macayo's Mexican Restaurant releases 70 recipes to celebrate 70 years of business in Phoenix

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Macayo's Mexican Restaurant has been family-owned and operated in the Phoenix area for over 70 years and they are celebrating by releasing 70 recipes in the Macayo Recipe Box.

The collection of recipes includes everything from appetizers to cocktails. Macayo's will also be hosting a series of cooking classes and a cocktail workshop to commemorate the 70 year milestone. 

"As guests have asked for a cookbook for years, we always knew the perfect time would come to share a sample of their favorite recipes. After celebrating the milestone of our 70th Anniversary and listening to all of their cherished Macayo memories and old school favorites, it just feels right to extend our arm of tradition even further. It's truly an honor, to connect our traditions with our guests," said Sharisse Johnson, CEO of Macayo's.

In celebration of the launch of the Macayo Recipe Box, a launch party will be held at every Macayo location valley wide on Saturday, Aug. 4, from starting at 4:00 p.m.

The launch party includes complimentary tastings upon arrival and dining specials including $5 spinach con queso, $8 Patron margaritas and $9 Woody's Favorite.

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The Macayo Recipe Box is a custom-made stained wooden box emblazoned with the Macayo logo and will be available for purchase in the restaurants and online beginning August 4. It features 72 of the restaurant's traditional family recipes including the popular spinach con queso, green chile pork stew, cilantro lime chicken salad and more. The Macayo Recipe Box is $35.00 plus tax with $5.00 of every sale being donated to Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).

Macayo's is also offering two cooking classes at the Depot Cantina location, at 300 S. Ash Ave. in Tempe, one on Saturday, Aug. 18 and one on Saturday, Sept. 15.

In honor of National Fajita Day, the first class  on Aug. 18 includes instruction on carne asada, pico de gallo, guacamole and tortillas. Reservations can be made here.

The second class on Sept. 15 features demonstration on green chile meatloaf, Baja poblano mashed potatoes and calabacitas. Reservations can be made here.

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Each class takes place from noon to 2:00 p.m. and cost is $20 per person. Space is limited.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, the Mesa location hosts a Patron Cocktail Experience on the patio, unlike any tasting event you've ever heard of before. Featuring Patron Director of Brand Education, instructing participants on how to make classic tequila cocktails paired with small bites and favorites from the Macayo Recipe Box.

This special event will also serve as the launch of their very own Macayo's Barrel Select Patron Reposado Tequila. Attendees will be the first to taste this one of a kind tequila and have the opportunity to buy a bottle of their own.

Tickets are $35 per person and can be purchased here

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