An eerie feeling filled the air on Tuesday night at José Andrés’ popular restaurant, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana, as flashes of people in vibrant colorful masks rhythmically lingered to live authentic Mexican music to sample celebratory gifts for the dead. Dating back to the time of the Aztecs, the Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that celebrates and honors the dead with food, drinks and gifts.
This year, Rodolfo Guzmán Huerta, famously known in Mexico as El Santo, will be honored during the two week long festival. The legendary masked luchador (wrestler), folk icon and actor died one week after unmasking his face for the first time publicly.
Menu items created by Head Chef Colin King were inspired by El Santo’s favorite dishes; cocktails that honor El Santo’s popular movies will also be available.
Masked staff served guests a preview of the specialty menu items to expect during Oyamel’s 8th annual Day of the Dead celebration. Flaming steak, carved pic, frog legs, mushrooms and fish tacos along with specially cocktails made with El Luchador Tequila are among the upcoming specials that will be featured.
The Day of the Dead Festivities will kick off Monday, October 20th, at Oyamel from 6:00pm – 9:30pm and last from October 20- November 2.