On Monday, Oct. 21, Oyamel Cocina Mexicana starts its two-week Day of the Dead Celebration with a Kickoff Party. This year’s celebration will honor Ritchie Valens, the late Mexican-American singer, songwriter, and guitarist known for his blending the traditions of Mexican music with American rock. The singer, who died at age 17, was most notably known for his hit song, La Bamba.
The kickoff at Oyamel will feature festival menu specials and classic Oyamel bites alongside limited-edition cocktails and tequila and mezcal tastings. In addition, there will be live music including the hits of this year’s honoree Valens, a photo booth and face painting. Tickets for the Kickoff party are $60 per person and can be purchased here.
Along with the Kickoff Party there will two private cocktail dinners as well as ongoing menu specials. The dinners will be held on Thursday, Oct. 24, and Tuesday, Oct. 29, each beginning at 6:30 pm. Guests will be treated to a 5-course dinner from Head Chef Omar Rodriguez, featuring the unique flavors of Veracruz, Mexico, and paired with perfectly crafted agave cocktails. Tickets to the all-inclusive dinners are $75 per person (plus fees) and can be purchased online.
Oyamel is from the mind of Chef José Andrés and has been awarded a Bib Gourmand in the 2017, 2018 and 2019. Michelin Guide to Washington, DC. It is located at 401 7th Street NW in Washington, DC.