During the week of October 29th – November 4th, 2018, MeXo Restaurant and Tequila/Mezcal Bar will be hosting a series of Día De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) events.
This traditional Mexican holiday, which was brought to Mexico by conquistadores in the early 1500s, is a combination of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholicism, making it the perfect holiday to celebrate at a restaurant whose inspiration is a combination of Pre-Hispanic and modern Mexican traditions.
The festivities planned for the evening are inspired by MeXo’s Executive Chef and Puerto Vallarta native, Oscar Moreno. Chef Oscar has fond memories of celebrating the holiday in Mexico as a child.
“My mom used to set an altar in our home and everyone in the family would help to prepare the pan del muerto (bread of the dead) and the favorite foods and flowers for our deceased family members,” Chef Oscar recalled.
The deceased guest of honor for MeXo’s upcoming celebration is legendary Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, whose self – portrait is typically the first thing guests see upon entering the restaurant. Frida, who has become somewhat of a hallmark for the restaurant, will be honored with an altar displaying items of significance to her life. Chef Oscar will also be preparing some of Frida’s favorite foods along with other traditional Día De Los Muertos features for guests to enjoy. And no Día De Los Muertos celebration would be complete without mezcal, which is professed to “wake the dead” and of which MeXo has an impressive collection.
On Thursday, November 1st, Chef Oscar will be hosting a four course, tequila and mezcal paired, gourmet dinner from 6:30pm-9:30pm. Tickets for the dinner can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/day-of-the-dead-celebration-chef-dinner-tickets-51467888841?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or www.MeXogr.com.
On Friday, November 2nd, guests are invited to attend a tequila and mezcal tasting event from 6pm-8:30pm. Guests will receive samples of 15 varieties of tequila and mezcal which will be accompanied by Chef Oscar’s appetizer selections. Tickets for the tequila and mezcal tasting can be purchased at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tequila-mezcal-tasting-tickets-51348582994 or www.MeXogr.com.
Following the tasting, guests can stay to attend the Día De Los Muertos party which will include music, dancing, entertainment, appetizers and cocktails. DJ Tony Banks will be emceeing the event. Authentic Día De Los Muertos face painting will be available and there will be a photo booth on site to capture the memories. Tickets for MeXo’s Día De Los Muertos Party can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/annual-dia-de-los-muertos-day-of-the-dead-party-tickets-51078232368?aff=ebdssbdestsearch or www.MeXogr.com.
A portion of the proceeds from Friday evening’s events will go to benefit the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce who will be co-hosting the event.
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