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Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini Celebrates 10 Years in Carlsbad


June 28-30 Celebration Includes Tequila Tastings, Food and Drink Specials

Diane Powers’ Casa de Bandini Mexican Restaurant has called Carlsbad “casa’ for 10 years! To celebrate a decade of delicious Mexican cuisine, stunning outdoor dining and beautiful Latin American-inspired ambiance, the restaurant is offering discounts on favorite dishes that were on the original menu when Casa de Bandini first opened in 1980. These long-term favorites include Enchiladas Suizas, Carnitas a la Michoacan and the Cheese Crisp Special. Throughout the weekend, guests will also enjoy discounts on house margaritas and tequila tastings from various vendors, including Casamigos.

Casa de Bandini was originally opened by Powers in 1980 in San Diego’s Old Town State Historic Park. Powers took inspiration from Juan Bandini – a Peruvian who immigrated to San Diego as one of early California’s first Dons – and Mexico’s early period of elegant living and dining to fill Casa de Bandini with beautiful art collections from Peru and magnificent gilt gold mirrors.

When it came time to relocate in 2005, Powers spent four years searching for the perfect place that would become Casa de Bandini’s new home. She found it in The Forum in Carlsbad and many long-time diners will recognize the large, hand-wrought iron chandeliers and antique leaded-glass window panels in the dining room, all original from the first location. The Mexican Cantera stone fountain centered in the Talavera tiled pool was first found in Mexico by Powers in the late 1970s and was the focal point in the patio she designed for the original Casa de Bandini.

“So many guests say they are incredibly thankful that they’re able to enjoy the experience of Old Town in North County,” said General Manager Gilbert Gastelum, a longtime Powers’ employee.

At the center of an incredible dining experience is the quality ingredients Casa de Bandini uses for its award-winning dishes and daily handmade corn and flour tortillas. Wednesday through Sunday evenings, diners also enjoy the added pleasure of being serenaded by Casa de Bandini’s famous mariachi group, Cielito Lindo. Originally from Mexico City, the group has been part of the Bandini family since 1995.

Casa de Bandini is located at 1901 Calle Barcelona in The Forum shopping center in Carlsbad. It is part of Powers’ Bazaar del Mundo Restaurant Group, which also includes Casa Guadalajara in Old Town, Casa de Pico in La Mesa and Casa Sol y Mar in Del Mar Highlands. For more information, visit

Casamigos Tequila Tasting Dinner


Casa de Bandini will host a multi-course tequila tasting dinner featuring premium tequila brand, Casamigos on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m.

Guests will enjoy a four-course meal including favorites such as Camarones Envueltos, bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers with mango dressing; Fiesta Ensalada with cilantro-lime dressing; Carne Asada with Tequila Lime Shrimp; and Sopapillas, fried puff pastries sprinkled with cinnamon and served with ice cream and honey for dessert. Dishes will be paired with Casamigos Silver, Reposado and Añejo tequila, a classic margarita and a delicious Mezcal cocktail to go with dessert.

Created by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman, Casamigos launched in 2013 on the premise of creating the best-tasting, smoothest tequila. Casamigos tequila is made from the finest, hand-selected Blue Weber agaves, grown in the rich red clay and cool climate of Jalisco, Mexico. The brand’s name comes from the Spanish “casa” and “amigos,” meaning house and friends, making it a perfect fit for customers of Casa de Bandini.

During dinner guests will hear from experts on the development and production of tequila, including how it originates from the city of Tequila in Mexico, and how it remains one of Mexico’s most popular alcoholic beverages today.

Casa de Bandini is located at The Forum Carlsbad, 1901 Calle Barcelona. Tickets are $50 each. To RSVP, please call 760.634.3443.

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