The very best place to eat, drink, and be merry

By Janice Zimolzak

We have scoured the town and selected the best street vendors and tucked-away small restaurants, which only a local can find, to bring you a feast of traditional San Miguel culinary delights. They will all be gathered at the Grand Opening of Cantina El Gato Gordo on calle San Miguel – Feed the Hungry’s annual street food festival. The vendors will be there to personally and proudly serve you a variety of 16 Mexican dishes. You may even be able to extract a few culinary techniques or recipes that have been passed down from abuelas, tias, and mamás. Everything that can be… will be freshly prepared on site.

Feed the Hungry Annual Street Food Festival
Oct 5, 6-9pm
Traditional food, drink, music
Cantina el Gato Gordo fundraiser
Ancho de San Antonio 30
US$75/1,000 pesos at La Conexion and Solutions
More info & tickets at:

You will find food and drink at Cantina El Gato Gordo that can’t be had elsewhere in San Miguel… Suerte, a boutique tequila purveyor, will be serving up shots and mixing fancy cocktails with tequila “made in Mexico but sold exclusively in the USA.” The company, based in Colorado, will be in San Miguel especially to support Feed the Hungry. Tasty and tender lamb barbacoa, baked for hours in an earthen oven lined with agave leaves at the Hacienda Santa Clara, can only be had at the Feed the Hungry event or by invitation to the Hacienda. If you haven’t tasted Thrifty’s ice cream yet, spent an evening sipping Hank’s, “bet you can’t drink just one” margaritas, indulged in Jaral de Berrio’s top-shelf mezcal, or savored “best in San Miguel” gazpacho at Él Bagel Café, which is now Mexican owned, this is your opportunity to do it all in one evening. These fine businesses are donating their time and product in support of Feed the Hungry’s “balanced meals for hungry children” programs.

Time and talent have also been generously offered by some of your favorite local performers. David Garza, Jaime Mimino, and María Sánchez, all familiar names around town and at Feed the Hungry events, will be performing for you. The moment María, the hottest vocal ticket in town for nearly two decades, picks up a microphone, it’s a party! Rudi Fernández is hosting the event on the cobblestone calle and gardens of the Instituto Allende for the third year in a row.

On Saturday mornings, Rudi and his teachers spend two hours inspiring the children in the Feed the Hungry supported community of Fajardo de Bocas to express themelves through drawing and painting with watercolor. Come and meet some of the children. They will be presenting el gato gordo artworks, created from their fertile imaginations for silent auction. Any contribution to their efforts will purchase more art supplies for them and other Feed the Hungry supported schools.

The Grand Opening of Cantina El Gato Gordo is truly a community affair. The generosity of those mentioned here, and others who prefer anonymity, allow Feed the Hungry San Miguel to bring you even more local culinary selections, liquid libation of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic persuasion, entertainment and surprises. The core volunteer committee, Dan Easton, Bret Schultz, Jonna Stratton, and Adrian Ross continues to work tirelessly to bring you an evening that will truly satisfy all five senses.

Ancha San Antonio 30 is where you want to be at 6pm, but not before, on Saturday, October 5. Your friends will all be there, so get your tickets today. If you absolutely can’t be there, you can still be part of it all by making a donation to Feed the Hungry online or at La Conexión, Box 636. Please give what you can. Every dollar and every peso counts.

Note: I stated in last week’s article that Feed the Hungry serves 80,000 meals a year. It should have said 800,000 meals.


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