Taco Bueno Cinco De Mayo Debut Proceeds to Benefit the North Texas Food Bank

Taco Bueno Debuts a New and Improved Queso for Five Cents on Cinco De Mayo weekend with proceeds benefitting Local Food Banks

DALLAS, April 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Five cents has never gone so far, when Taco Bueno restaurants turn this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration into Cinco de Bueno .  On Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5, participating Taco Bueno restaurants will debut an improved, bolder queso for only five cents a serving with the proceeds going to several local food banks. And the richer, tastier queso isn’t all that will be bueno on that date. Taco Bueno will match all sales from the new queso offer for the participating eight food banks, making the day even “More Bueno.”  No additional purchase is required.

“Taco Bueno’s new, improved queso is the best way to spice up your Cinco de Mayo,” said Ramon Torres, SVP of Operations. “It’s now made with two kinds of cheese, Cheddar and Pepper Jack, blended with jalapenos and red peppers for a rich, creamy taste, with a kick.”

For only five cents, guests receive a 2.0-ounce serving of the new queso with tortilla chips cooked fresh in stores. The offer is available at all of Taco Bueno’s locations in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Louisiana, and Missouri. In Arkansas, Taco Bueno restaurants in Bentonville, Fayetteville, Ft. Smith, Rogers and Springdale will be participating. (Find the most “bueno” location at www.tacobueno.com.)

Taco Bueno’s contributions to Cinco de Bueno will benefit:

  • Arkansas Food Bank, fighting hunger in Arkansas since 1984, this food bank distributed 16.3 million pounds of food last year; www.arkansasfoodbank.org
  • East Texas Food Bank, serving 26 counties in East Texas since 1988, the East Texas Food Bank served over 16 million pounds of  food last year; www.easttexasfoodbank.org
  • Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma , dedicated to 24 counties in Eastern Oklahoma and feeding more than 70,000 people per week; www.cfbeo.org
  • Food Bank of Central Louisiana, serving 11 parishes and more than 22,400 people per month;www.fbcenla.org
  • Harvesters: The Community Food Network, a Kansas food bank that supports 26 counties in Kansas and provides food assistance to as many as 66,000 different people each week; www.harvesters.org
  • Kansas Food Bank, supporting 85 counties, Kansas Food Bank distributed 11 million pounds of food in the past year; www.kansasfoodbank.org
  • North Texas Food Bank, which provides access to 130,000 nutritious meals a day for people in 13 counties; www.ntfb.org
  • Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma , serving Central and Western Oklahoma (53 counties) and feeding more than 90,000 hungry Oklahomans each week; www.regionalfoodbank.org

Founded in Abilene, Texas, Taco Bueno operates 176 restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, New Mexico, Louisiana, Kansas and Missouri, Taco Bueno is committed to the freshest, highest quality ingredients and a unique, authentic Mexican food experience. The company is privately owned by Palladium Equity Partners. Find out more about Taco Bueno by logging on to www.tacobueno.com or www.facebook.com/buenoheadquarters.

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Natalie Cole to release Spanish album on June 25th

Natalie Cole will Celebrate the Cultural Richness of Latin Music with the June 25th Release of“Natalie Cole en Español”

Saluting the pioneering bilingual legacy of her legendary father, while spotlighting the most romantic songs of the great Spanish language composers…
– Produced by Rudy Pérez, and featuring special guests Juan Luis Guerra & Andrea Bocelli –

Already a chart-topping music icon that blazed a trail for racial equality, Nat King Cole was embraced by Latin music fans across the globe after releasing three groundbreaking Spanish language albums beginning in 1958.  Now, multiple Grammy winner Natalie Cole will revisit her family’s multicultural tradition and introduce a new generation of fans to a collection of Latin music’s most beloved standards.

“For Latin music lovers, Nat King Cole is an icon for all generations… There’s no self-respecting Latino who comes from the world of music who does not know Nat King Cole.” -Salsa Star Isaac Delgado

(May 9, 2013) – Multiple GRAMMY Award-winner Natalie Cole’s first Spanish-language album, “Natalie Cole en Español” will be released June 25 on Verve/Universal. The album finds Natalie personally inspired by both the bilingual recording legacy of her father Nat King Cole, and a growing passion for the timeless romanticism of the great Latin music composers. Produced by Rudy Pérez (“Latin Music Producer Of The Decade” – Billboard), “Natalie Cole en Español” will reintroduce a new generation of fans to many of Latin Music’s most romantic standards – with both new interpretations of Spanish-language classics previously recorded by Nat King Cole, and Natalie’s own personal selections of songs that have touched her heart and make this album truly her own.  This wonderful balance of both old and new classics is perfectly illustrated by the special vocal collaborations that highlight the album, with Natalie joining Juan Luis Guerra on the Dominican Maestro’s own “Bachata Rosa,” while looking further back with Andrea Bocelli on the eternal “Bésame Mucho.” But without question, the most emotional pairing of the album finds Natalie joining her father in a heartfelt duet of “Acércate Más” (Come Closer to Me) – utilizing the same technique as their Grammy winning, globally multi-platinum recording of “Unforgettable.”

From a historical perspective, it is difficult to overstate Nat King Cole’s cultural importance, not only as a world-class singer, multi-million selling recording artist and extraordinary pianist, but also as a pioneer for racial equality. Nat was the era’s most successful recording artist on Capitol Records, which became known throughout the music industry as “The House That Nat Built.” Through the sheer understated elegance of his music, he gained acceptance in all strata of society. In the 1940′s, Cole became the first black performer to have his own regular radio show, and that pioneering role as host expanded to television when “The Nat King Cole Show” made its debut on NBC in 1956.  But even with such success, the battle for equality continued both in the United States and abroad, which Cole discovered that same year when he was contracted for an appearance in Cuba – only to be told he could perform at, but not stay overnight, in the famed Hotel Nacional.

Notwithstanding that initial reception, Nat became enamored of the musical spirit he discovered in Cuba while working with top-flight Latin artists like Bebo Valdés, and soon after – encouraged by his manager Carlos Gastel – Cole made the pioneering decision to become the first American superstar to record an entire album of Spanish standards. Recorded between Cuba and Los Angeles, and released in 1958, “Cole Español” was quickly embraced by Spanish speaking music fans across the world, who appreciated Cole’s outreach in their own language while creating a fusion of Latin rhythm with the feel of the Great American Songbook.  Global reaction to Cole’s entry into Spanish-language recording was so strong, that additional recording sessions took place in Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City in ensuing years – resulting in the subsequent release of “A Mis Amigos” (1959) and “More Cole Español” (1962).  Now, over 50 years later and counting, Nat King Cole is widely embraced across Latin America as an ahead-of-his time cultural ambassador, and a musical memorial to his legacy (consisting of a Jukebox of his music and bust of his likeness) now resides on that very same ground of initial adversity in the Hotel Nacional.

Growing up, Natalie Cole was well aware of this aspect of her father’s career and now, as she returns with her first new album following her remarkable recovery from a Kidney transplant (detailed in the heartfelt 2010 memoir “Love Brought Me Back: A Journey of Loss and Gain”), she has found a deeper appreciation of those groundbreaking recordings and a desire to further extend her family’s commitment to bilingual music.  Inspired by both a strong bond recently forged with the Latino family of her kidney donor, and the historical knowledge and passion of award-winning producer Rudy Pérez, Natalie has meticulously crafted “Natalie Cole en Español” as a lush and captivating tribute to Latin Music’s legendary composers and their most romantic songs.

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