Mezcal, tacos, and a side of pro-wrestling will be served at this Saturday’s La Lucha De La Cocina, where San Francisco food entrepreneurs are set to engage in a battle of taco flavors while renown Mexican “lucha Libre” fighters will brawl in the arena — all for a good cause.
Proceeds of the wrestling match-turned-taco party will go to La Cocina, a Mission non-profit that incubates low-income and predominantly female chefs and business owners and is hosting the August 13 event in collaboration with Mezcalistas and Pro-Wrestling Revolution.
Creating tacos for mass tasting, the roster of 21 contending chefs includes Mission restaurateurs Jorge Martineze, owner and executive chef at Lolo, and Zenaida Merlin of D’Maize, and many others who will share their unique flavors and taco-making expertise.
Along with more traditional flavors like birria and al pastor, the participating chefs are expected to deliver some exotic twists, like tacos filled with wax moth larvae or sumac chicken.
General Admission tickets for the food and sporting event are set at $25, and will grant participants access to a Mezcal tasting lounge, rotating vendors, art exhibitions and live music, and of course, a plethora of taco options.