For centuries, pulquerias have been a cornerstone of Mexican culture, as a meeting place for friends to convene over tapas and barrels of fresh made pulque.
As early as 2000 years ago, pulque was celebrated in Ancient Aztec culture as the highly esteemed drink of the elders, priests and warriors. It was deemed “nectar of the lighting gods,” due to the ceremonious way that pulque is harvested from the agave plant. During the storm season, the agave fields are oftentimes struck by lighting, which causes the plant to naturally ferment and produce pulque. It is still a tradition in pulquerias today for drinkers to spill a small amount of pulque from their glass onto the floor as a sacrifice to the lighting gods.
Because pulque is fermented and not distilled (as it is with tequila or mezcal), it’s flavor is subtly sweet and naturally rich in vitamins. It is often mixed with fresh fruits or vegetables to soften the texture and can also be mixed with various herbs to produce a richer flavor.
After graduating university, Heather arrived in New York City, and began her career as a food writer and restaurant critic for Time Out New York magazine. At TONY she reviewed hundreds upon hundreds of the city’s top bars and restaurants (it wasn’t a bad gig). She has freelanced for several UK publications, including Olive and The Sunday Times. Heather has also made TV appearances to discuss her food knowledge and restaurant expertise, including the Food Network, LX TV and NBC.
As a restaurant critic for an important cultural magazine, people looked to Heather as an authority on where to dine in the city. In 2006 she launched Sorted, a private concierge service for distinguished clients that specializes in restaurant reservations, dining consultation and event planning.
In 2008 Heather stepped into the other side of the hospitality industry, and together with her brother and co-owner Christopher Tierney, she launched Apotheke, an acclaimed cocktail bar on a clandestine street in Chinatown. Apotheke has won numerous awards for cocktail excellence and has been featured in several publications for its stunning interiors, including the design book, Dark Nostagia by Eva Hagberg.
In 2011, Christopher and Heather opened their second venture, Pulqueria, located next door to Apotheke, which has been praised for it’s authenticity to Mexico City and unique approach to pulque.
Heather also owns a creative and design agency, Wanderlust, and is scheduled to open The Butcher’s Daughter, a vegetarian butcher shop and juice bar in the fall of 2012.
From his independent work in furniture and product design, Christopher Tierney earned a Scholarship to the Academy of Art – San Francisco, where he studied Interior Architecture and Design.
Since, Christopher has designed, built and branded numerous projects, including, Apotheke (2008) and Pulqueria (2011), of which he is also a proprietor. Christopher’s design work has been recognized in numerous publications, including Elle Décor, and the design books Dark Nostalgia, Eat Out!, and Rough Luxe.
In 2012, Christopher launched T I E R, a boutique design and branding studio located in downtown New York City.