the SUPERKATE event!

A Fundraiser for #TeamKate is on!!! Tuesday December 9

Kate Amato is a spunky nine-year old girl (only days away from  being 10!!) who lives with her parents Jeff and Lisa, brother Jack and sister Caroline.  On July 24, they received the devastating news that Kate is facing a battle with Cancer.  Kate was diagnosed with a soft tissue cancer called metastatic alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare cancer that attacks skeletal muscles. That’s a big mouthful, forsure. Not easy to say, and certainly not easy to swallow!  

Even if you aren’t a parent of a beautiful 10 year old girl, it’s difficult to think of how this has disrupted an entire family’s lives... Especially if you’re the parent of a beautiful 10 year old girl, it’s even more difficult to hear this story and not be overcome by emotion at the fight this little lady has put on...  What a SuperStar!!!  

This fight comes with a huge financial cost.  Forget that Lisa, Kate’s mother, has stopped working to be with Kate and help her fight every step of the way--the medical costs are exorbitant. Jeff (Kate's dad) and Lisa can't work (due to intensity of Kate’s chemo schedule); her brother is severely autistic and has his own medical, educational, and therapy needs (to the tune of $40,000 per year), and they are fighting to save Kate's life-and they need the resources to do it.

Here are the facts, updated, thanks to an email from Lisa this morning:

1. Kate is currently on an FDA approved protocol (40 weeks). IF it does not work, THEN the we will have to pursue experimental treatments elsewhere. (Out of pocket)

2. She is receiving a Neulasta shot after every inpatient chemo treatment. (10 total in protocol) They cost between $4000-$7000 and often insurance will not cover it. As of November, we didn’t know if insurance would pay. Insurance covered 6 of them, but the we are on the hook for 4 in the spring.

We can help cover the cost.  You can, too!

Tuesday, December 9th is a big day for Kate at TacoLu.  We are having a party out on the patio--it’s a birthday party!  Kate’s turning 10 and we’re throwing her a party and raising money to defer the cost of her treatments. 


Introducing the SuperKate Margarita will be none other than Jaime Salas, Global Ambassador for William Grant and Sons, but more specifically Milagro Tequila.  Jaime travels the world and delivers the goods on one of our favorite Tequilas--Milagro!  Deb and I have had the good fortune to get to know Jaime quite well over the years and he has offered to create a margarita in Kate’s name and will be guest bartending during the event.  It's always great to have Jaime around--many of you met him last year when he hosted our Cocktail Classic at TacoLu--guiding us through the art of making tequila cocktails!

Milagro, is Spanish for



A minimum (and minimal) donation of $25 gets you in the door (or at least to the Patio), but you’re not limited to $25; you could donate thousands of dollars!!  After you meet Kate, you’ll probably want to do just that!!  

This sweet girl has another round of Chemotherapy on Friday, so by Tuesday, she’ll be ready to join us out on the patio with some of her friends and celebrate her birthday!!


The SuperKate margarita is available all night.  It will be fantastic and is only $8!


Every cent of that is going to #TeamKate.  


We’re going to celebrate Kate’s 10th birthday with a great margarita and some great food and some really nice Dos Equis beer as well.  All donations to enter the party--all SuperKate margaritas and Dos Equis sales are going into one big, fat pile for Kate! 


                              That smile!  If this face doesn't say something about how tough this little lady is, I don't know what else could!! 

                              That smile!  If this face doesn't say something about how tough this little lady is, I don't know what else could!! 

Tuesday, December 9th  5:30 pm

until we decide to stop!


In subsequent posts, I’ll be far more brief, but i hope you can take some time out of your busy schedule to come and enjoy some food, fun and new cocktails to help us raise money for this family that is putting up the fight of their lives!  

'Tis the Season!

Tis the season, indeed.  

So much going on around here these days--where do I start?   How about with the Holidays?

Thanksgiving is here, and that blows my mind...  We will be celebrating two years in these fancy digs, that we will forever refer to as "the old Homestead".  Two years already!  I remember it well...

We were open at the old location on Sunday; closed at 10pm. We moved our stuff to the NuLu after closing—you know, decorations, a few glasses and plates—till about 5 am. Back at NuLu at 8 am to get ready for State inspection so we could have Friends and Family Monday evening and then open for Business as Usual on Tuesday. Thank goodness it was Thanksgiving Day on Thursday, we all got a very much needed break!

Just over two years ago, Jessica was CRUSHING this wall and was finished weeks before we were ready open!

Debbie, explaining to Josh why she has to put these tiles in a specific order.  He's not buying it.

Things to be aware of:

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the 25th to be exact, we are celebrating our 2nd year in the old Homestead... It's gonna be a fun night with anniversary specials and HOPEFULLY the fun aerialists that got rained out on our big anniversary party last summer!

#teamkate ( the recipient of a big day here at the Lu.  We are throwing-down on December 9th with a private event (Don't freak out; you are invited--tickets will be on sale soon) out on the patio.  Milagro's Global Brand Ambassador, Jaime Salas, will be in attendance, doing some staff training by day and guest bartending/introducing some new stuff from Milagro throughout the night! Jaime's most important task is to introduce the #TeamKate Margarita (aka the SuperKate Special) which is going to raise a lot of money for #TeamKate and her family, who have dropped everything in order to help her fight this cancer! The SuperKate Special is gonna run through December!

Don’t want to wait? You can help this tough little cookie right now by visiting and donating some much needed funds!

Don't forget~~  

We're closed Thanksgiving Day--perhaps we'll see you at Pete's!!  


Stay tuned for more info on the #NuLuis2 event and definitely for the TacoLu SuperKate event on December 9th!

Say hi to Kate!  

Say hi to Kate!  


Today is the Dia... Dia de los Muertos.

In a previous post, I gave a layman's explanation of Day of the Dead, so I won't go into it now, but today, November 1, with a candy hangover still ringing in my head, I want to send out a reminder about today's activities...  

Face painters!  One of my favorite things today!  Staffers get painted and then customers, too, can get theirs done!!  

it's a fun day and one where we remember, above all, the people who have passed before us!!  Check out, or add to the images and memories on the mantle on the fireplace!

Sweet Lu and  Henry, looking serious in dia de los muertos faceprint!!

Sweet Lu and  Henry, looking serious in dia de los muertos faceprint!!

Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday observed throughout Mexico and around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died.

Kena, Alexis and Sydney are painting faces all day!!  

Kena, Alexis and Sydney are painting faces all day!!  


Celebrate Dia de los Muertos with us on November 1st and 2nd!

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a CELEBRATION of Friends and Loved ones who have passed! It’s not a time to mourn or worship the dead. We CELEBRATE the lives of those who have gone before us, and we invite you to come and celebrate with us!

Dia de los Muertos originated centuries ago in Mexico, and is still widely celebrated. People around the world are drawn to the concept and imagery of Mexico's Day of the Dead; the holiday seems to continually gain in popularity as more people learn about it. It is a festive, joyous time of celebration. It is Mexico's most important holiday, which means they invest a lot of time, money and preparation into the celebration, more-so than any other holiday.

For those who did not grow up in a culture that celebrates such a holiday, these practices and rituals might seem odd. But bear in mind that in the US, it is common for people to visit the graves of their family members and friends who have left this earth; to leave flowers and to reconnect with their loved ones. Dia de los Muertos is similar to this common American practice--so you can see that the Day of the Dead is not a big stretch to understand! 

Dia de los Muertos allows the dead to live again. During this time it is believed that the deceased return to their earthly homes to visit and rejoice with their loved ones. The Days of the Dead are celebrated as a way of retaining connections with the unseen world, a world we will all return to one day.

TacoLu will celebrate Dia de los Muertos on Saturday, November 1st. Throughout the last 6 years, we have collected the pictures, stuffed animals, keys, and memories of many of our friends and loved-ones, and placed them on our altar in the Fireplace room. Please join us for an amazing day of remembering and reflecting on November 1st. Bring in a picture or something that will honor your family member or friend while “passing through,” and put it up on the altar. Debbie’s Grandpa would want a pack of Dentyne gum! It was his favorite and he always had a pack in his pocket, so we place it in front of his picture on the altar. Each year we place a pack of cigarettes for Don’s Aunt Mary. Get it? It’s a great way to connect and celebrate!!!

Kids and adults will be able to paint sugar skulls for display at the Lu, or to take home. We will have a special Dia de los Muertos Margarita! Our Staff will have their faces painted to celebrate.

We have lost some pretty amazing people throughout our 6 years at TacoLu, and we think of them all often, but during Dia de los Muertos, we especially honor them and welcome them back. If only for the Holiday.

Tacos For Tata's: Brushed Bold Edition

We did it! Another great Monday night at the Lu with the LuLulemon crew, raising money for the Donna 26.2! Yes, it’s the second time we’ve done it this year, but it’s been changed from a post-race party to an October Kick-Off for the event, which is held in February. “It’s time to begin your training for the Marathon,” kind of thing...

The LuLu and Lu Cru never do anything halfway, so this year’s theme was a really creative way to Celebrate Survivors of Breast Cancer and raise some cash for Donna’s Foundation and the Mayo clinic--working together, they have done some great stuff!! Brushed Bold was the theme this time around and 14 survivors had their body (busts) painted by local artists and then photographed. The final product is stunning!!! 

Debbie had this place looking amazing; Pink pouring out of every light socket and floral arrangement! Liz Stewart did an amazing job with the flowers and they were auctioned off at the end of the night... the Fletcher Drum Line surprised everyone by marching right through the parking lot, up to the back patio and performing several numbers for all to enjoy. It was a nice touch!! 

The food--well, the food was fun. We stepped out of our box a bit... With the exception of the brisket taco, which we never do for these events, we made some changes. The Taco Rosa--which is perfect for this event (it’s pink!! Duh!) had a wasabi/cucumber slaw on it. A slightly pickled cucumber slice for some more color as well. We made a special Shiitake mushroom taco with a whole Shiitake cap on these mini tortillas. The taco had a refried bean schmear, some carmelized red onion and some fresh cheese that I made with some shiitake powder (dehydrated and then ground some Shiitakes) and a little bit of guajillo sauce. Sounds fancy, but really simple!! The best reason to eat at these events, in my opinion, are the Brussel Sprouts! I had these sprouts at Toloache, one of my fave Mexican restaurants in NYC! They are fried, tossed in some Sherry Vinaigrette a little more fresh cheese and some roasted pepitas. Insane, I tell you!!! We also did a version of our street corn, but really they were mini corncob bites... AlleyCakes was there, as usual, supporting us and Donna with some fantastic sweets before and after dinner!! 

I don't have a figure for how much we raised; we’ll be announcing that, but for now, here’s a peek at some of the amazing art from Brushed Bold, and the rest of the evening!! 

TACOS FOR TATA's is coming!

It will be October 6th, Monday at TacoLu.

The Donna Foundation and 26.2 with Donna will unveil BRUSHED BOLD: A Painting and Photography Exhibit to be held at TacoLu.

Our Annual event has turned into an unbelievable event raising money and awareness to Breast Cancer Research. Fourteen Survivors of breast cancer shared their bodies as canvases for a select group of regional and nationally recognized artists to interpret their stories.

Each completed "canvas" was photographed and prepared for a unique showcase and limited reproduction at Tacos for TaTas. This exhibit is a celebration of art and the human spirit as we raise funds to help so many of the local North Florida women who are currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer. 

October 6, 2014 - 5:30pm-8:00 pm - Ticket price $100- Limited to 150 tickets only!

To purchase tickets please visit or call 904.551.0732 

This will be an event you will never forget!

Summer Wrap-Up and Events For The Fall

Summer was awesome. Our second summer in the old Homestead and it was truly better than the first. The patio is looking great; it's getting to be THAT time of year out there. We celebrated our 6th anniversary over a rainy weekend in July. The rain doused our plans of a grand Masquerade Ball, complete with all kinds of acrobatic, aerobatic and all around Fun-o-Matic, but it didn't douse a great time inside and under the the tents outside!

6 years! wow. Henry has spent HALF of his life wandering around this place and Lucy, 2/3 of hers... It's a big part of all our lives and it has been a fantastic trip! 

We FINALLY received our Herradura Barrel--the Double Barrel Reposado, and it's one of our best to date! We also had the opportunity to taste and choose a Single Barrel Reposado from Milagro and that also arrived recently. Both tequilas are featured as a cocktail and a really nice sipper (which is the way I recommend drinking it)!

The TacoLu Bangin' Shrimp Bus has hit the road this summer, after a bumpy start this spring. Technical issues, electrical issues, LP gas issues... just about every kind of issue has popped up and we've survived them all (haven't necessarily fixed them all). 

Coming up in September is the Tour Championship at the Valley Course at TPC, We'll be there with the Bangin' Bus, selling Tacos at the Turn! We're very excited to be back at Sawgrass for this event!

In October, we’re back on the 26.2 with Donna, teaming up again with LuLuLemon for a great fund raiser! The fall is filling up fast! We have Caring Chefs--a great event that I’ve been able to be a part of since 1999. 

Jags football! Concerts! Surfing! BikeWeek!! what am I missing!! 

We’ll talk again soon!!