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Photos By Priya Konings, Words By Brandon Wetherbee

Last year was all about luchador El Santo. This year is all about Mexican actor and cultural icon Pedro Infante (and face paint if you make it to tonight’s party). Every year José Andrés’ ThinkFoodGroup gives you another reason to visit Oyamel at the end of October. He doesn’t really need to do this considering the bar is packed by 5:30 p.m. and the restaurant is full by 7 p.m. most every night.


The Oyamel Day of the Dead celebrations begins tonight with a kick-off party. This year Chef Colin King is focusing on Mexico City fare and the cocktails are focused on Milagro blanco tequila. We highly recommend The Soldier, named after one of Infante’s songs, the cocktail features onion-infused honey, Milagro blanco tequila, Aperol and grapefruit juice, garnished with lime peel and traditional marigold flower.


If you can’t make it to tonight’s party, the festival runs through November 1. Go for the drinks, stay for the Conejo en Calabaza Rojo.