Archive for January, 2011

Quinceaneras at City Beach

January 22, 2011

Bienvenidos a City Beach!

I grew up in Seattle, Washington in the ‘80s.  That far north on the map, there wasn’t exactly an influx of Latino culture in my neck of the woods.  I had a couple friends that were of Hispanic descent (Alvaro Cornejo, where are you now?  Facebook, I would guess!), but my knowledge of the culture and traditions was limited to somewhat watery Mexican cuisine from the local yokel eatery, El Torito.

After graduating from high school, I decided to pursue my higher education outside of the great State of Washington.  I hadn’t seen the sun in about 12 years, so while curriculum was a very important factor in my decision to head to the University of Arizona, of equal importance was the promise of at least 9 months of warmth per year!

I spent a couple years in Tucson and then followed a lovely Mexican-American girl to El Paso, Texas where I eventually got married and settled down, finished college, had babies, and started a business.  Now El Paso is NOT the garden spot of the Desert Southwest by any means, but it does have rich history of Mexican culture and heritage.  The city borders Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico, which has been in the news a lot lately for all of the wrong reasons.  In any event, the population of the city is about 80% Hispanic, and the Mexican culture pervades every aspect of life in El Paso–including the special event industry.

As I got into the special event and entertainment business, Quinceanera planning and knowledge (of which I had none) was a prerequisite.  I was fortunate enough to attend some of them, and as I learned about the tradition and the special meaning of Quinces, I began to understand how much fun these “Sweet 15’s” could be.  Mariachis, Food, Tecate, repeat as necessary…I would party long into the night with my wife’s family.  On the border, these events take on special significance, as most families are from Mexico. An El Paso Quince es muy autentico.

Fast forward 10 years to Fremont, California.  As the Director of Sales and Marketing at City Beach, my job is to open up new markets to our business.  Fortunately, we have two incredible Quince locations (Fremont and Santa Clara), and we are now forging headlong into the business of planning these wonderful special events.  From the menu to the décor, service, pricing, and amenities, City Beach is an unbeatable value for your Quinceanera.  We have an elegant and fun atmosphere with many built-in attractions, and our kitchen staff (mostly family, FYI) prepare the most delicious Mexican and American cuisine in the Bay Area.

Are you planning a Sweet 15 party? We’re exhibiting on January 30 at the annual Quinceaneras Magazine Expo from Noon – 5pm at 344 Tully Road in San Jose.  Come find us in the corner booth, get a taste of our great food and chat with us about planning your daughter’s dream Quince.  City Beach is extremely price-competitive and accommodating, and our staff is passionate about planning perfect events.  Your experience with us will be second-to-none, and every client is treated with the utmost respect and commitment to impeccable service.  Se Habla Espanol…see you on the 30th!