Published on : Thursday, October 6, 2016
The Day of the Dead magic continues at Hotel Matilda. On November 2, 2016, Mexico’s internationally celebrated culinary master Enrique Olvera will be conjuring up a hauntingly delicious and creative culinary extravaganza for the hotel’s 5th-annual ‘Cena Negra’ (Black Dinner) – with the entire event being filmed by a major news organization.
For 2016, the Cena Negra is taking the magic to the streets of San Miguel: The evening will begin with a cocktail party in one of the celebrated colonial destination’s charming plazas, Cuna 15, followed by a traditional ‘callejoneada,’ a procession through the streets to the hotel. A crew from CNN Mexico will film the entire event – from Cuna 15 to the parade along the cobblestone lanes to the multi-course dinner at Moxi – with the video shown on their newscasts and available for viewing on their website.
Collaborating with Chef Olvera will be another of Mexico’s culinary stars, Roberto Solis, heralded for his interpretations of Yucatan cuisine. The Day of the Dead Black Dinner will be held at Moxi, Chef Olvera’s acclaimed restaurant at Hotel Matilda.
“The inspiration to kick off our Cena Negra this year with a callejoneada came from Spectre’s blockbuster opening scene of James Bond at The Day of the Dead celebration in Mexico City,” said Bruce James, Director of Hotel Matilda. “Our own Day of the Dead procession through the streets of San Miguel will inject a new level of drama and exoticism into our exciting annual event.”
The dinner will have six courses inspired by both Mexican food traditions and The Day of the Dead. The tables and décor in Moxi will be curated by Luis Fabián, proprietor of Casa Armida, an exclusive design boutique in San Miguel de Allende.
Colorful and festive, El Día de los Muertos is the quintessential Mexican holiday with roots going back millennia. On The Day of the Dead, Mexicans celebrate their strong sense of love and respect for their ancestors. Loved ones, who are said to come back to visit on The Day of the Dead, are remembered and honored in numerous ways – from creating altars for them adorned with candles and photos, to special foods and colorful art work, to decorating gravesites with flowers and candles, to picnicking at the cemetery on the favorite foods of their loved ones.