Jaleo Crystal City Celebrates Decade of Delicious

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Flamenco dancer Emily Mazzotti

Chef José Andrés’ tapas restaurant, Jaleo, in Crystal City celebrated its 10 year anniversary Wednesday with an event which gave attendees the institution’s authentic Spanish experience.

“Jaleo Crystal City is what Jaleo Penn Quarter was 20 years ago. So many more people came around us and helped us. It feels good. That shows you the importance of a restaurant, bringing life to corners, once city at a time anywhere around America. So it’s a very good day, 10 years,” said Andrés.

photo (37)Wednesday night the spacious restaurant was divided into cities of Spain, with stations featuring tapas and drinks that took you on trips to those cities.  Guests enjoyed delicacies including a DIY Montadito station in ‘Barcelona’, the Fritura station in ‘Cádiz, and Huevos con Caviar in ‘Madrid’, while sipping glasses of classic red sangria.

A portion of the ticket price went toward José Andrés’ World Central Kitchen, which helps developing countries experiencing crises to feed the hungry.

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