For Dia de los Muertos this past year, we were invited to build an 'Altar' at one of our favorite Mexican restaurants in West LA, Tallulah's. We were thrilled to impart our traditions and create something beautiful to share with their community. While we were at it, we decided to invite some friends and celebrate the only way I know how: with music, delicious food and of course... some Mezcal. Who else better to partner with than the fabulous Bricia Lopez, Co-Owner of Guelaguetza Restaurant and author of Oaxaca: Home cooking from the heart.
Decorating an alter for Day of the Dead can vary, however all altars are built to honor those who have passed. In many homes and in plazas all over Mexico, you will encounter little shrines covered in marigolds, skulls and Catrinas (the famous lady skeleton figure usually decked in a sombrero) photographs of family members and alibrije's to create a mystical setting. As the mythology goes, these altars are the gateway to the spirit world, where for just this one day the spirits of our loved ones can return. They really become a wonderful way for us to reflect and remember. At Tallulah's we highlighted the decor, using my favorite pieces of folk art which always includes Otomi embroidery, hand painted ceramics and fresh flowers....
Known for her love of all things Mole and Mezcal, it was only natural to have Bricia show us a thing or two on what makes Mezcal so special with a personalized tasting of her favorites.
Along with this guided tour of smokey vs. smooth Mezcal we snacked on appetizers from Bricia's cookbook made by Chef Naing. In a book literally packed with Oaxacan favorites, this spicy bean dip with warm, freshly made quesadillas in tortillas de maiz were to die for...
And because one can't continue sipping on tasting after tasting of tequila, we threw in a signature cocktail for the evening, our 'Margarita de Los Muertos' proved perfect for happy hour mid week while we sipped, shopped and gazed at beautiful Mexican folk art... sharing how we all celebrate the passing of life and raising a glass to the present and the past. Thank you all who came out to join, we look forward to coming together again during these festive times.