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Girl Power Drives Hotel Matilda's Day of Dead Dinner

September 11, 2018

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico - The Day of the Dead celebration at Hotel Matilda will showcase "girl power" this year as well as reverberate with soulful tunes with an imaginative musical twist on the hotel's iconic annual Black Dinner (Cena Negra).

On the Day of the Dead, November 1, 2018, guests will experience the Black Dinner Serenade, a one-of-kind culinary concert at Matilda's Moxi restaurant orchestrated by three female stars of Mexico's culinary scene today: the chef of Mexico City's hottest restaurant, the creator of the capital's ice cream boutique sensation and Casa Dragones' female tequila master.

Chef Gabriela Ruiz Lugo of Carmela y Sal will prepare a hauntingly delicious multi-course menu that, for the first time at Hotel Matilda, will be paired with Day of the Dead-themed music such as the classic La Llorona (The Weeping Woman). Fernando Prada, the proprietor of Gelatoscopio, will whip up melodic desserts. Bertha González Nieves, co-founder of Casa Dragones and the first woman in Mexico to be certified as 'Maestra Tequilera,' will pair the courses with Casa Dragones Joven and Blanco tequilas.

"Our innovative Black Dinners on the Day of the Dead have become iconic, seminal events in Mexico, celebrating the country's beloved holiday," said Bruce James, Director of Hotel Matilda. "This year's 7th-annual Cena Negra - the Black Dinner Serenade, which will be a girl-power event composed by Gabriela, Fernanda and Bertha, promises to be the most exciting, unique and intriguing of all."


As a young girl, Gabriela Ruiz Lugo dreamed of owning her own restaurant. Today she is one of the most prolific and celebrated chefs in Mexico, overseeing a stable of restaurants that showcase the ingredients and dishes of her native Tabasco state. Her latest success, Carmela y Sal, is currently the hottest new restaurant of the Mexico City culinary scene.

The playlist for the Black Dinner Serenade will be a mix of classic and emotional Mexican songs that create a dramatically devilish atmosphere for the event. Click HERE to check out the event's playlist on Spotify.

The Black Dinner Serenade at Hotel Matilda's Moxi restaurant on Thursday, November 1, costs 3,000 pesos (about US$156) per person, plus 15% service charge. For more information and to make reservations, send an email to eventos(at)hotelmatilda.com.

Colorful and festive, El Día de los Muertos is the quintessential Mexican holiday with roots going back millennia. On The Day of the Dead, Mexicans celebrate their strong sense of love and respect for their ancestors. Loved ones, who are said to come back to visit on The Day of the Dead, are remembered and honored in numerous ways - from creating altars for them adorned with candles and photos, to special foods and colorful art work, to decorating grave sites with flowers and candles, to picnicking at the cemetery on the favorite foods of their loved ones.

Hotel Matilda is located in downtown San Miguel de Allende, the crown jewel of Colonial Mexico and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information and reservations: +52 (415) 152-1015; toll free in the U.S./Canada 855-MATILDA (855-628-4532); info(at)hotelmatilda.com, or visit HotelMatilda.com.