On April 14, the premiere of Check, Please! Bay Area's Season 11 begins with a special episode devoted to host Leslie Sbrocco's favorite spirit, tequila.
To start the new season off with a twist Sbrocco will get her wish and be featured with guest chefs who own local tequila bars. The episode's codename is "100 Proof" and in addition to critiquing each others tequila offerings and complementary fare, the guest chefs engage in a live shot-for-shot tequila drinking contest with Leslie Sbrocco.
Bay Area Bites interviewed Sbrocco about her love for tequila and tried to get her to verify some of the rumors being spread about this "100 Proof" episode.
What inspired this special episode? You are known as a wine expert. What is your relationship to tequila?
I have a love/love relationship with tequila. I love it and thankfully it loves me by erasing my memory of most things I do once I drink it. When I behave badly on tequila, I put myself on a TTO (Tequila Time Out). Luckily, I'm not on one now.
What are your favorite tequilas and have you dabbled in mezcal? Have you ever eaten the worm?
Big fan of Casa Noble, Partida, and for everyday drinking, Don Julio. If I could splurge, my sites are set on uber-expensive Casa Dragones, a stunner tipping the scales at close to $300 a bottle.