October Employee Spotlight: Isaac Perez



find him smiling"

- Chris Sedgwick




Our mission at PURE is to enrich the lives of our employees, owners, and Guests. We aim to accomplish these things collectively and individually. Each month we'll help you get to know some of the great PURE individuals helping us to fulfill our mission. 

This month,we recognize Isaac Perez for his dedication and work ethic at PURE for the last ten years. 



Why do you love PURE? 
For the lifestyle it brings- I really like my schedule! 

What is your favorite dish to make at PURE? 
My favorite thing to make is the seafood stew. It is a special-keep an eye out for it!

What are some of your hobbies outside of work?
I enjoy spending time with my family outside of work.

How long have you been with PURE? 
I have been working at PURE about 10-11 years. 

What is your proudest moment that you can remember at PURE? 
My proudest moments are when people like a dish I make. It makes me happy.

What is a special talent you have? 
Really just cooking- I like to play soccer. My favorite position to play is defense. 

What is something we may not know about you? 
On occasion, I cook over an open fire. Typically, Carne Asada. 

What has been the happiest moment of your life? 
My happiest moment was when my children were born. I have one boy and one girl, ages 8 and 6. 

If money wasn't a thing, how would you spend a perfect day? 
I would travel to Europe, especially France.

What is a goal you are working towards?
I would like to own my own business one day- probably a restaurant.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you travel to and why?
I would travel to France to experience the culture because I am curious.

What do you bring to PURE that is unique? 
My professionalism

Do you have a favorite quote, if so what is it?
"Just keep moving forward/improving"

What do you like to do in your free time with your family?
Go to the lake and swim. 

What color bandana are we most likely to find you in while working? 


What's been going on?

We try to keep busy here at PURE taqueria!
Whether its karaoke at Roswell, yoga at Alpharetta, or just a fun night on the rooftop at Brookhaven, we've got it all! 
Check out what's been going on this past month! 



Last week, Alpharetta hosted its first Frida Yoga night under the string lights between N2P and PURE. Our own Allison Acker, the Administrative Assistant at PURE taqueria Franchising, taught the awesome class under the trees and lights. 

Afterwards, yogis headed next door to grab Frida Pitchers with guacamole, scoring a free Frida Tank! 


Oyster Party

Last week was a busy one at Alpharetta. Thursday served up some awesome Oysters, Chipotle Shrimp, and Mussel Soup


Join alpharetta next Sunday on October 22 for a Falcon's Oyster Tailgate! 





Alpharetta will continue to host FREE Yoga Wednesdays at 6:30pm. When it gets chilly, we'll light up our flat-top fire pit for some evening yoga under the lights! Make sure to bring your own mat, towel, and sweatshirt for afterwards! 


Maria's Handmade Tortillas

"she is the powerhouse behind sunday's tamales, sopes, and handmade tortillas"


What is your favorite item to make with homemade tortillas? 
- Mini Taquitos

How long have you been making homemade tortillas? 
-My entire life. 

Who taught you how to make homemade tortillas? 
- My mother taught me. 


At PURE, you can find Maria’s handmade tortillas in special dishes like the Enchiladas Mexicanas, Chiquitos tacos, as well as in the sopes for brunch. Maria has worked at PURE since PURE Alpharetta opened its doors in 2005.

She is the powerhouse in charge of Sunday’s delicious tamales, homemade tortillas, and sopes. For some inspiration, we decided to learn a bit more about her.



For some some added mexican authenticity next time you make homemade tacos, enchiladas, or fajitas, check out Maria's recipe below:


2 cups maseca flour
1/4 tbsp baking powder
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1 and 2/3 cups water



Combine all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. 

Add water one cup at a time. 

Knead mixture in between each water addition for a total of 2.5-3 minutes.


Prepare tortilla press with parchment paper or split plastic bag





Roll about 1/4 cup dough into a ball.







Place between parchment paper or plastic bag on press.






Press tortillas with equal pressure.






Remove tortilla from press and place on sheet pan with parchment paper until ready to heat.






Heat tortillas over medium heat on a flat skillet for 1-2 minutes each side. 


Serve warm and enjoy!






Now go make yourself some homemade tacos!

The Giving Kitchen

During the month of August, PURE taqueria took part in fundraising for The Giving Kitchen to aid Atlanta area restaurant workers facing unanticipated hardships. Throughout the month, our Guests helped us us raise over $7,000 through donations, purchases of Dos Equis and our Giving Cocktail made with Camarena tequila, and special fundraising events. 


Our PURE staff did an excellent job of informing Guests about the organization. Three employees with the highest donation totals received recognition for their performance including Kristen Reinkemeyer from Alpharetta, Dominick Racano from Brookhaven, and Ryan Sharpless from Brookhaven.  Kristen came in first place with $744.00 in donations, Dominick came in second with $730.00 and Ryan came in third with $338.00. 


A big thanks to our Guests and employees who helped spread PURE love! 

For more information about The Giving Kitchen, visit

PURE celebration

Birthdays are something of a tradition around here. Just like our PURE locations celebrate our Guests by dressing up and banging trays together, we take our birthdays very seriously. At our corporate office, we've already celebrated five birthdays this month- the last being our President, Chris Sedgwick's. Along with the traditional birthday cake and song, we celebrate with pink fairy wings and re-written famous songs as well. We like to keep things PURE weird around here. 


Let us celebrate you- stop in for your birthday for a good time!

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