Best Darn Tamales in the USA to be Chosen by Sports Champions

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Hundreds of tamales were tasted to determine the finalists for the Best Darn Tamale Contest in America with the final winners being chosen this week by Brandi Chastain – Olympic Gold Medalist, Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero - 3X IBF Boxing Champion and Erwin Higueros - World Series Champion Giants Broadcaster

During the holiday season millions of tamales are consumed in the Americas. Six years ago Darlene Tenes of CasaQ, a Hispanic lifestyle company went searching for the best tamale in her hometown of San Jose, CA. Today tamale-makers across the country fly their wrapped wonders in to be scrutinized by the CasaQ staff and tamale connoisseurs. After plowing through over a hundred tamales from goat meat to guava, veggie to venison, pork to pumpkin, the lists gets narrowed down to the chosen few which will compete in the Best Darn Tamale Contest this week.

The five tastiest tamales in each of the five categories; Traditional Pork/Beef, Traditional Chicken, Gourmet/Exotic, Cheese/Vegetarian and Dulce/Sweet will be tasted and a winner will be chosen by champion tamale tasters:

Brandi Chastain – Olympic Gold Medalist an Two-Time World Cup Champion Soccer Player
Robert "The Ghost" Guerrero – Three-Time IBF World Champion Boxer
Erwin R. Higueros – World Series Champion San Francisco Giants Broadcaster

The fourth judge is CasaQ Tamale Taster contest winner Luis Ochoa who was nominated by his staff at Luis Ochoa Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, CA.

Best Darn Tamale Contest results will air on NBC Bay Area on Sunday, December 19 at 11:30am, repeating on Sunday, January 2 at 10:30am or visit for a list of the winners and other tamale locations across the USA.

About CasaQ
CasaQ is a San Jose-based Hispanic lifestyle company, founded in 2005 by Darlene Tenes that is dedicated to providing unique products, services and content geared toward people who embrace the Latino culture. For over a decade Ms. Tenes is renown for planning festive and creative Hispanic events, which incorporate the traditions and customs of Spain, Mexico and Latin America.


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