Salting the Rim

Posted online: July 2016

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Written by Gina Z. Terlinden, Photographs by Blue Caleel 

Screen Shot 2016-07-22 at 12.25.03 PMCombine the creative minds of party planner Stephanie Sanders and partner in crime Monica Epstein and you never know what you’ll get. To celebrate Old Spanish Days Fiesta, rather than going with the typical sarape and sombrero-studded soiree, the amigas went with a Mexican street theme centered around the iconic bingo card game Lotería to “keep the vibe fun and fresh,” says Sanders, who produces private events.

At this potluck-style dinner at Epstein’s Miramar Beach home, 40 guests convened over an array of casual food such as Tajín-spiced jicama and mango served in bags, elotes (Mexican street corn), vegetarian tamales from Rosales Mexican Restaurant, empanadas, chips and guac with a salsa bar, and mini churros. The duo took the serve-yourself feast to the next level with the margarita salt bar. “We kept the margaritas authentic, ‘clean/healthy’ by mixing fresh lime juice and either Sauza or Hornitos tequila,” says Sanders. But giving it a new twist, they offered assorted salts—kosher salt, lime salt, Tajín, ghost pepper salt, and chili pepper sugar—to suit the guests’ sweet or savory cravings.

Keeping up with the spirit of the occasion, Epstein’s 12-year-old son —dressed in an authentic velvet sombrero, guayabera shirt, and with a hand-painted mustache—became the Lotería caller entertaining guests all evening long while keeping the game going and handing out prizes adorned with a handmade tissue-paper flower and tissue-and-leather tassels. And the grand prize? A piñata filled with boxes of Chiclets.

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[SUMMER 2016]

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