Buenos Dias, Cider Lovers!
Boy, it has been a weird week. Last Wednesday it was 15ºF and by Sunday it was 59ºF. On the big snow day, some friends and I went to two Spanish restaurants and had some sidra which will be in my next post. Today, I wanted to talk about my evening at Cooks & Soldiers for their Tamborrada Celebration.
What is Tamborrada?
“Tamborrada is held on January 20th and started during the time of the Peninsular War, when Napoleon’s troops took over San Sebastian and a large portion of the city was burned to the ground. During this time of occupation, it was typical for the women to fetch water at one of the city’s two fountains. All the while, French troops marched around the city, banging on their drums. No one is quite sure who started it, but soon the women began to beat on the buckets as to mock the French occupiers.
The Tamborrada has become San Sebastian’s largest party, however, it is much more than that. It is a celebration of what it means to be a Donostiarra and a way for the citizens to connect with their identity. The celebration is also about overcoming tragedy, coming together as one and finding happiness. This is best demonstrated in the “March of San Sebastian” that is played throughout the 24 hours of the Tamborrada. The festival begins at midnight with the raising of the San Sebastian city flag and ends whent he flag is lowered.”
(excerpt found here)
So how does Cooks & Soldiers link in with Tamborrada?
Since I couldn’t hop on a jet to San Sebastian, I went to Cooks & Solders instead. C&S draws its inspiration from the Basque region in Spain and France. They specialize in Pinxtos, Basque tapas, and Asador, cooking on a wood-fired grill. Both are to be enjoyed by multiple people over conversation and libations. Amazing enough, the restaurant got it’s name from the Tamborrada festival which celebrates the regions culinary and military history.
Cooks & Soldiers is part of the Castellucci Hospitality Group who own a handful of restaurants in the Metro Atlanta that focus on Spanish and Italian cuisines. (Including Bar Mercado which I’ll talk about in the next post!)
I’ve never eaten at Cooks & Soldiers before, I’ve just done deliveries, so it was kinda cool to be coming through the front door and not the “deliveries only” door in the back.
We were greeted with little shooter glasses, red bandanas, and a map where to find the different foods and drinks. Obviously, I sought out our Urban Tree Spanish Cider we made for the event and was just in awe how the beautiful, blonde woman poured the drink. Also, there were cheeses and meats near by to pair with it. It was pretty great, not as thin as traditional Spanish ciders but you got the idea of what you were drinking wasn’t an “American” cider. I took tons of videos of it pouring which I put on my Insagram story. Follow me here.
People were constantly walking around with bowls of grilled cheeses, churros, flatbreads, and meatballs. There was a buffet table with pasta, salad, and the tastest brisket I ever did have. Outside was some heavenly paella, fishermans stew, and gin tonics.On another table were pinxtos and meatballs. At the bar was cocktails, beer, wine, and of course sidra.
We even took some glamor shots… well some were glamorous.
Very thankful for to my employers who allowed me to go to this event and happy to have shared the evening with my friend Brittany from Hop City.
*This post is no way associated with or paid for by Cooks & Soldiers or the Castellucci Hospitality Group. It’s just some information I found interesting and you may find useful if looking for an authentic Spanish experience in Atlanta. CHG makes some dank restaurants in my opinion…and my moms. That bitch loves the Iberian Pig. My attendance to this event was paid for by my employers to taste the cider and see how it was performing among the public. Also, I just wanted to eat dank food. All sponsored posts will be noted at the beginning.