Class: The Day of the Dead: Mexican Holiday for Halloween
Chef: Marcelo Villasuso
Day of the Dead is actually divided into two distinct holidays, the first being Dia de los Inocentes, which is a Catholic heritage on Nov. 1, and Dia de los Muertos on Nov. 2, which is Pre-Hispanic heritage. Both days taken together are collectively referred to as the Day of the Dead, and celebrations can begin as early as Halloween (Oct. 31). Families often come together over this period and preparations can be made during the entire year leading up to the Day of the Dead. This is a solemn occasion, with few actual festivities. Instead, people visit and repair graves of their dearly departed. It is common to light candles, leave offerings of prepared foods, often a favorite meal, and to pray and play music.
Menu: Stuffed Avocado with Cured Tuna; Hummus and Portobello Taco; Shrimp on Carnitas with Oregano-Habanero Red Onion Purée; Papaya with Gouda Cheese Crostini