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ITHACA, NY — This Sunday, August 28th, The Rook will present the latest in their series of special dining events. “Richard’s Mexican Fiesta” will pair three courses of Mexican and Mexican-American fare with beer from Richard Shallcross, head brewer of Bacchus Brewing Company.

Guests will start their meal with plátanos fritos and fresh salsa, paired with Bacchus Slammy Summer Pale Ale. 

For the second course, diners will choose one of three combo plates: Plate one will offer a steak taco, a chicken enchilada, and a beef taco salad.  

Plate two includes a pork taco, a chicken enchilada, and a shrimp tostada. The third (vegetarian friendly) plate offers a veggie taco salad, a veggie tostada, and a cheese quesadilla. 

The second course will be paired with Bacchus Quick Sesh Session IPA.  The meal will conclude with Tres Leches Cake paired with a special dessert cocktail.

Executive chef and co-owner Gentry Morris was raised in Central California, surrounded by Mexican culture and cuisine.

“I remember my mother’s friend Sara Peña cooking us her amazing green enchiladas. That’s one of my first comfort food memories,” recalls Morris.

The enchiladas on Sunday’s menu are inspired by Peña’s chile verde sauce. Later in his culinary career, Morris worked side by side with co-workers who added to his culinary repertoire. 

“I learned so much from my sous chef Victor Martinez at The Veritable Quandary in Portland…about all types of cooking, especially his use of dried chilis and his amazing recipe for green rice,” said Morris. “This event is an opportunity to cook some food that I don’t get the chance to every day.”

Past dining events include last month’s sold out Rosé Brunch, and March’s Maple Dinner with Sapsquatch Maple Syrup.

Dinner is $25/person +tax and gratuity. Diners may add the three-course beer and cocktail pairing for $15. Seatings start at 5 p.m. Reservations are available in person, or by calling (607) 319-0180.

Inside The Rook. Photo provided by The Rook.

The Rook opened in January at 404 W. State Street, in the former home of the Fine Line Bistro. They offer modern takes on classic fare in a casual atmosphere, plus a full bar offering beer, wine, and craft cocktails. The Rook is open Tuesday through Saturday 5 p.m. – midnight. Full dinner is served until 10 p.m., while a late night menu featuring salads, grilled pizzas, and duck fat-fried chicken is offered from 10 p.m. until midnight. More information and the latest menus can be found at

The Rook

404 W. State St., Ithaca NY|14850 |(607) 319-0180 Welcome to The Rook. We're a new restaurant in Ithaca's West End offering a modern take on old favorites. Our passion for quality ingredients and classic...