The Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala

On September 16, 2018 I photographed my first event for Tribeza - a culture magazine in Austin, Tx. I was so nervous at first. Never in my photographer dreams did I imagine going to fancy galas and parties for work to shoot them for a magazine, but there I was, walking into the Long Center to photograph The Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala. I gave the volunteers at the check in table my name with “with Tribeza” at the end of it. Well, it did sure sound so exciting to say those words! I followed a server up the elevator to where the party was being held, and immediately felt like a fish out of water. If you know me in real life, you would know that I am definitely not the type of person that goes to galas on a regular basis. I mean, I consider Jack Allen’s to be a fancy place to eat.

It took a few minutes, but those feelings quickly passed as I got to work because that’s what I was there for - to photograph and document this amazing event. I explained to people who I was and who I was shooting for. Some of them were interested and asked if I know “so and so”. I actually don’t know “so-and-so”. The only person I know at Tribeza is Holly, and surprise, we went to school together! Holly is also a St. Ed’s grad and we took a film photography class during my first year.

The Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala shares a different culture of Mexico and cuisine each year as a celebration of our ties to the country. This year, the gala showcased Veracruz and the highlighted chefs at the gala were:

  • Zarela Martinez of ¡Zarela! La Cocina Veracruz

  • Rick Lopez of La Condesa

  • Robert Espinosa of Tacodeli

  • Kevin Taylor of ATX Cocina

  • Simon Madera of Tacoflats

  • Daniel Brooks of Licha’s Cantina

  • Juliann Stoddart and Austin Finley of Parkside Projects

  • Sharon Watkins of Chez Zee American Bistro

  • Tita Jolliffee of Art in the Food

  • Rosa Loza of Canon and Belle

It was so much fun to try little bites from all these different restaurants! Not going to lie, Tacodeli definitely held a place in my heart. The event was so much fun, and it was wonderful to celebrate Mexican culture!

 Plating food at Authentic Mexico Galas. Event photography by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
 Guests at Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala. Event photography by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
 Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala at the Long Center. Photo by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
 Fiesta dancers at Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala. Event photography by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography
 Chef Robert Espinosa of Taco Deli at the Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala. Event photography by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography.
 Fiesta dancers posing with guests at the Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala. Event Photography by Erin Reas.
 Guests laughing at the Authentic Mexico Gourmet Gala. Event photography by Erin Reas of Flying Lantern Photography