Friday, November 2, 2012
DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
Last night I attended a Dia de los Muertos event at the Desert Botanical Garden. It was called Cuisine and Culture and it was a combination of the history of the celebration and some authentic traditional dishes that are cooked during this time. It was an extremely delicious and entertaining evening. First we learned about the traditional offerings or altars that families create. The one above is a good example. Everything in it is symbolic, the clay dog in the front guides the spirit along that path behind it. On the path are salt and water for nourishment and it's lined with candles to light the way. At the top is a mirror (it's very hard to see in this photo) that serves as a window to the afterlife.
Silvana Salcido Esparza, the renowned chef of Barrio Cafe and Barrio Queen created her special mole along with a few other traditional and delightful dishes.
If you are ever in Phoenix, I highly recommend a trip to one of these two restaurants. You won't be sorry.