Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina Tequila Dinner

By Lynette Carrington

Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina Tequila Dinner

Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina recently remodeled and revamped its famous menu. But did you know there’s another great way to enjoy the delicious offerings at one of the most well-known and trusted Mexican food restaurants in the Valley? Come and enjoy an exciting tequila dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The special event will be hosted by consultant chef, Eric Justice and Fortaleza tequila. Director of Marketing and Brand Management for Macayo’s, Ashley Negron explains, “Eric is one of the chefs that we worked with to create the Scottsdale test-kitchen menu. He will be flying in from Texas to work with us on the next phase for the test menu and to host the tequila dinner.”

As the founder of Remarkable Culinary, Justice takes on engaging, enterprising and diverse consulting projects; with companies committed to doing great work. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University before embracing his passion for cooking and enrolling in Le Chef College of Hospitality in Austin.

Justice’s knowledge of French Cuisine was cultivated during extended stays in the world-famous kitchens of Lyon. He practiced under the tutelage of Chef Guy Gateaux at Le Bistrot de Lyon and Chef Jean Paul La Combe at the legendary Leon de Lyon. After earning his culinary arts degree in 1993, he moved to Chicago and developed a group of Cajun restaurants called Redfish Looziana Roadhouse. The first of many stops around the country honing skills and relationships in many great companies and cuisines including: Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Pappas Bros Steakhouse, Samba Room (Hot Concept of ’99), Mignon, Timpano Italian Chophouse, Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, Pei Wei Asian Diner, and PF Changs China Bistro.

With over 30 years in the business, he has assembled an arsenal of talented people to partner with in creating great brands. As an independent restaurateur, Justice plays with noted brands: Chicken Scratch/ Foundry, Ascension Coffee, Foosia Asia Fresh. Justice also created award-winning Mexican Sugar Cantina and Cocina, and craft burger spot Spork in North Dallas.

The layout of the tequila dinner will include a cocktail hour starting at 5:30 p.m., with dinner to follow around 6 p.m. The dinner will include a four or five course meal including carefully selected tequilas paired with each course. Negron says, “Fortaleza Tequila will be the co-host for this event as well. They will provide education and tasting on their different tequila marks before each course.”

Macayo’s invites all its guests to “Join The Family” via its online link. The free Macayo’s membership includes a delicious gift when you first join, Macayo’s special news and events, exclusive offers and coupons and e-club anniversary treats.

Family-owned and operated, Macayo’s Mexican Kitchen has been serving fresh, homemade Mexican cuisine since 1946! Still used today, almost 70 years later, are the signature recipes created by original owners Woody and Victoria Johnson. These two were committed to quality ingredients served with a warm and friendly touch.

Woody and Victoria Johnson began Macayo’s in 1946, opening their first restaurant on Central Avenue in Phoenix, Arizona. That day they established the standards on food quality, freshness and guest experience that continue today. You will taste the tradition at every table, in every dish and every flavorful ingredient! Every family has their secrets, the Johnson’s just happen to be recipes!

Macayo’s has 12 Arizona locations in Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, Phoenix, Glendale, Surprise, Goodyear, Casa Grande and Tucson. Visit for individual locations. Macayo’s Mexican Grill & Cantina is located at 11107 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale. Call (480) 596-1181 for additional information and quotes for catering and in-restaurant banquets.