SOURCE: Cacique USA

Cacique USA

April 14, 2011 09:01 ET

Celebrate Cinco With Aaron Sanchez in Your Home

Cacique® & Chef Sanchez Offer Authentic Recipes and a Chance for the Food Network Star to Cook in the Kitchen of One Lucky Winner

INDUSTRY, CA--(Marketwire - Apr 14, 2011) - Tacos, burritos, enchiladas -- thanks to the burgeoning Hispanic population and the popularity of Mexican fast-food joints -- they've blanketed the United States. As many Mexican cuisine aficionados lament, however, ubiquity does not always translate to auténtico. Fear not another Cinco de Mayo celebration with substandard chips and taquitos. This time around, America's favorite Mexican Chef, Aarón Sánchez, owner of New York's Centrico and Tacombi restaurants and of Chefs vs. City, Chopped and Next Iron Chef fame has partnered with Cacique®, the country's largest Hispanic cheese, cream and chorizo maker, to bring exquisite auténtico Mexican recipes that will delight and impress the most discerning Mexican cuisine connoisseur.

"Some of the foods I see served on Cinco de Mayo aren't even authentic Mexican dishes," says Sánchez, the son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martínez. "That's why I'm partnering with Cacique®. With my recipes and the fresh, authentic ingredients Cacique® offers, we can bring auténtico back. From empanadas to sopes, you'll be proud to entertain in your home, the way it was meant to be!"

Exclusively prepared for Cacique®, Sánchez' Cinco de Mayo menu features the versatility of the queso fresco as the central ingredient in every course from botanas (appetizers) to dessert. Queso fresco, which means "fresh cheese," is a staple on kitchen tables across Mexico. Its fresh milk flavor and crumbly texture uniquely balances hearty, sometimes spicy Mexican dishes. The brand's variety of queso frescos, which include Queso Fresco and Queso Panela, brings out the auténtico flavor and texture to Sánchez' culinary creations.

Available on www.caciqueusa.com and www.facebook.com/caciquebrand, Sánchez' Cinco de Mayo menu includes a "Cinco for Cinco" botanas menu, a refreshing Queso Panela salad, a savory tortilla soup, a classic enchilada entrée and a capirotada or bread pudding dessert. The botanas alone can satisfy everyone in your party: choose from empanadas de queso, chipotle pulled pork tacos, shrimp aguachile tostaditas, stuffed sweet chiles and fresh corn and chorizo sopes. At the center of each dish is the queso fresco.

"Queso fresco is the most popular cheese in Mexico and is a favorite ingredient of mine," says Sánchez. "I use it in my restaurants and it is the key ingredient to make your Cinco de Mayo celebration auténtico."

Getting these auténtico gourmet recipes is not the only reason for visiting and liking Cacique® USA's Facebook page. From Apr. 13 to Aug. 31, 2011, the company is conducting a sweepstakes that will allow one lucky Facebook friend to have Sánchez "crash and cook" at the winner's very own kitchen! All that visitors have to do is visit www.facebook.com/caciquebrand and like the Cacique® Brand page. If the page reaches 5,000 "likes" by Cinco de Mayo, the company will send Sánchez to the grand prize winner's home.

For more information on Sánchez' Cinco de Mayo recipes and to "like" the Cacique® Brand Facebook page, visit www.caciqueusa.com or www.facebook.com/caciquebrand.

About Cacique®
For nearly four decades, authenticity, integrity, family pride and tradition have made Cacique® the largest Hispanic cheese brand in the U.S. Cacique® has combined old-world traditions with new world technologies proudly creating the Cacique® family of products, which includes fresh and aged traditional cheeses, creams, chorizos and beverages to provide customers with high quality, authentic products made with traditional ingredients they have come to know and enjoy.

For more information about the Cacique® authentic line of natural Hispanic products, please visit www.caciqueusa.com or call (800) 521-6987 or (626) 937-3505.

About Chef Aarón Sánchez
Aarón Sánchez is the co-star of Food Network's exciting new series, Chefs vs. City, and is the owner and executive chef of restaurants Centrico and Tacombi, both located in New York City. The son of celebrated Mexican cooking authority Zarela Martinez, Aarón's passion, commitment and skills have placed him among the country's leading contemporary Latin Chefs.