Working in the tequila industry, or having tequila as a hobby as we do, can be a real honor and privilege. It’s a fantastic community of people and who could complain about enjoying fine and even rare tequilas on a regular basis?

The first “Tequila for a Cause” event will benefit the Emilio Nares Foundation, which provides support to parents of children with cancer.

So, when I heard that our friend Marco Ramos, the Southern California rep for Tequila Fortaleza, started a project to give back to the community through charity tequila events I was thrilled.

“I attend to so many tastings and I have noticed the potential of community awareness,” Ramos says. “This has been marginalized to the wine community, but I think the tequila community is very passionate about our spirit, our roots and lending a hand when needed.”

With this in mind, Ramos began “Tequila for a Cause,” a series of tequila events with portions of the proceeds directed at charity.

The first event takes place tomorrow night (April 6th) at El Callejon restaurant in Encinitas. It features a special tasting of Tequila Fortaleza, along with tapas prepared with tequila. (See the description here – it sounds delicious—and sign up if you are in the area.)

Tickets are $25 and $7 from each ticket will be donated to the Emilio Nares Foundation, which provides information and support for the parents of children who have cancer.

Ramos is working with friends in the tequila community to put on one “Tequila For A Cause” event in Southern California each month. He says the first six events will feature Fortaleza, but he hopes to expand the project to include other brands. Each event will dedicate money to a different charity.

Fine tequila, good food, and giving back sounds like a great evening to me. If you’re in the Southern California area, don’t miss this series of special events. Follow Tequila Fortaleza on Facebook to find out about future events.