Highlighting local non-profits supporting Latinos affected by cancer allows everyone to get involved in honoring the cultures and contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans
Hispanic Heritage Month celebrated across the country from September 15 through October 15, is a wonderful time to honor the many contributions of Hispanic Americans. This month, Uncle Julio’s highlights the Latino, Hispanic and Latinx communities by highlighting the mission of Nueva Vida in Washington, D.C., and dedicating $1 from each Tableside Guacamole ordered to create a donation of up to $5,000 for the non-profit that assists Latino families whose lives are impacted by cancer.
“In Latino culture, food brings us together, so we are excited to help our guests come together in support of an important local non-profit,” said Ron Vasquez, vice president of culinary for Uncle Julio’s and a vital part of the Uncle Julio’s family for more than 25 years. “As part of our celebration of Hispanic culture and heritage, we are honored to bring the message of Nueva Vida into our restaurants and directly to our guests.”
Uncle Julio’s also is giving guests a taste of the influence of Hispanic culture by showcasing elements of art, design and experience found at Uncle Julio’s, including the custom mural created specifically for the restaurant by well-known Mexican artist Claudio Limon, Spanish Flamenco guitar music, art featuring celebrated Mexican matadors, the mysterious “Lady in Red,” decorative items and elements imported from Mexico and even tools like the Molcajete and the Tortilla Press, which are rooted in Hispanic culture and help to make the Uncle Julio’s dining experience delicious. More about this art can be found at UncleJulios.com/Heritage.
Through November 1, guests can join the celebration by logging on to UncleJulios.com/Heritage where they can learn about the inspiration behind the Uncle Julio’s brand; by dining in an Uncle Julio’s restaurant and noting many of the elements of Hispanic culture that make the restaurant, food and service so popular; or by placing to-go orders online at UncleJulios.com and receiving Hispanic Heritage Month information in their orders.
Guests may also enjoy contributing to Nueva Vida by ordering a Tableside Guacamole at Uncle Julio’s. Guests select their own mix-ins while their server mashes the fresh avocado and mixes the guacamole by hand at the guest’s tableside for instant enjoyment. $1 from each Tableside Guacamole ordered September 15 through November 1 will benefit Nueva Vida in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
When guests order Tableside Guacamole, their server brings all the freshness to the table via a custom kitchen cart. Guests then select from a variety of ingredients, including fresh onions, cilantro, jalapenos, tomatoes and more to be added to their Hass avocados. The server mashes the avocadoes with the fresh ingredients right before their eyes in a traditional molcajete, made from volcanic rock and used in the production of traditional Mexican dishes such as salsa and guacamole. Bursting with freshness and flavor, this delicious guacamole is then enjoyed by guests with warm, fresh corn chips. Tableside Guacamole is $15.
“We are excited to be a part of the Uncle Julio’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, and share the mission of Nueva Vida with guests in the restaurants,” said Astrid Jimenez, executive director of Nueva Vida, a community-based non-profit fulfilling the growing needs of the underserved Latino community affected by cancer in the Washington, D.C., metro area.
Nueva Vida’s mission is to inform, support and empower Latino families whose lives are affected by cancer, and to advocate for and facilitate timely access to state-of-the-art cancer care. It is one of the few independent, community-based, nonprofit organization providing free, comprehensive and culturally competent services along the cancer continuum in Spanish to Latinos with or at high-risk for developing cancer in the Mid-Atlantic region.
Uncle Julio’s serves made-from-scratch Mexican cuisine, using fresh ingredients and authentic recipes to create its signature taste in everything from mesquite-grilled meats to hand-crafted margaritas. Headquartered in the Dallas, Texas area, the first Uncle Julio’s opened in 1986 and continues to expand to define the polished casual Mexican industry. To find a location near you or to peruse the mouth-watering menu, visit UncleJulios.com, or connect with Uncle Julio’s on Facebook @UncleJulios and Instagram @UncleJuliosMexican.