The unquestioned newcomer of last year in the Austin restaurant world was owner Sam Hellman-Mass and chef Fermin Nunez’s Suerte. The team on East Sixth St. drew in customers and incited excitement with dishes like beet tostadas, suadero tacos and green chorizo tlayudas all made with local corn nixtamalized for masa in house. The festive vibe and agave spirits didn’t hurt either.

The restaurant’s cooking led to a rave from me, and notices by Texas Monthly, Bon Appetit, Eater National and others. To celebrate its remarkable first year, the East Austin restaurant is throwing itself a taco party on Monday and has invited some of its friends to participate. Guest chefs from The Carpenter Hotel, the Tatsu-Ya Group, Veracruz All Natural and L'Oca d'Oro will make tacos at Suerte, where there will be music from Clemente Castillo and bolero trio Los Compadres

Tickets cost $50 at the door and a portion of proceeds will benefit Biblioteca El Rosario in Oaxaca to support education in rural communities, as well as Capital Area Counseling (CAC), an income-based counseling center here in Austin.

The party at 1800 E. Sixth St. runs from 5 to 11 p.m.


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