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The Taco Boy family of taquerias has made additions to its management team.

Chef Francisco Alvarez, a native of Southern California, is Taco Boy’s new culinary director, according to a company statement. He comes to the East Coast after 20 years honing his skills in some of Las Vegas’ acclaimed kitchens, including serving as executive sous chef at Caesar’s Palace and chef at Costas Spiliadis’ famed Estiatorio Milos.

Alvarez was instrumental in opening new restaurants for star chef Wolfgang Puck and for Michael Mina’s International Smoke, the statement said. He trained in multiple international cuisines and culinary techniques, but it was in the food of his heritage that he found his calling.

During the pandemic, Alvarez has developed and managed two popular Mexican ghost kitchens (online orders only): El Gallo and Madero Street Tacos, according to the release. He has gained notoriety for his handmade tortillas, which he makes using ancient corn and an age-old process called nixtamalization. The process involves soaking corn in an alkaline solution before grinding it into masa (corn dough).

Alvarez was among the first three people to use the technique in Las Vegas and the only one to use ancient corn, the statement said. This fall, Taco Boy will be serving handcrafted corn tortillas using this nixtamalization process. Lots more to come on this news!

Melissa Reardon is based in Asheville, North Carolina, and serves as acting director of communications, according to the statement. She was editor and managing editor of WNC magazine in Asheville (a sister publication of Charleston magazine) for 15 years, and was hired to help with an upcoming expansion in Asheville.

A longtime veteran of the restaurant industry in Asheville, North Carolina, for 30 years, Maty Hollingsworth will assume the position of beverage manager for Taco Boy, according to the release. He has managed and overseen beverage programs for a handful of respected Asheville establishments, including serving as the creative mastermind behind Mexican-influenced concoctions at Limones and its sister establishment En la Calle.

While currently on board for a 10-month stay, Hollingsworth will oversee the management of all libations and a drink menu refresh for Taco Boy, the statement said.

Taco Boy was founded in 2006 by one of Charleston’s most prolific and progressive restaurateurs, Karalee Nielsen Fallert. She is the founder and CEO of restaurant management company All Good Industries.

Contact Jason at 864-568-7570.

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