Sunday, October 30, 2016
Mercadito - Dia de los Muertos Experiential Dinner
Mercadito. The dinner was held in their downstairs lounge, La Mex Agave Lounge with tequila supplied by Casamigos Tequila, a company owned by George Clooney and Randy Gerber. The door to the lounge was a heavy wood door, behind which was a holographic Aztec God. There was also a large bowl that had been filled with dry ice and water that I told a guy might not be such a great idea to stick his hand into (because the temperature of dry ice is -109°F). He, of course, couldn't be bothered to listen and burned the tips of his fingers, but I did tell him so I wasn't going to worry about it. I was seated at the bar on a corner which was fine for my left handedness, but I was next to the silverware table, so it was a little awkward for the staff to get around me at times. It was fine, because the people sitting next to me were fun and interesting to talk to. The room was decorated in Dia de los Muertos fashion, black with a lot of bright color accents and with many Calaveras. There was also a demonstration table in the center of the room where the chef was going to do a demo of the Pan de Muertos that we would be having for dessert. The menu for the dinner listed five food courses and five cocktails which would have been good, but as it turned out, we could also sample all three Casamigos tequilas, and because I was sitting at the bar, I got to try a couple of other things. We started out with a Welcome Drink which didn't really have a name. It consisted of Casamigos Reposado, Champagne, and a Dried Strawberry. It was light, bright, and sparkling. Champagne is generally served at the beginning of many high end meals to open up the taste buds and make them more receptive to different flavors. This served the same function and tasted pretty good as well.