Mesa Abierta: Promoting regional gastronomy
Mesa Abierta is an event that will be held March 20–23 in San Miguel de Allende, featuring local and international chefs. It is being organized by Mesamérica, one of the most important gastronomic congresses in Mexico dedicated to promoting Mexican food. Mesa Abierta will explore the gastronomic potential of the city, considering food as adding a sense of belonging and national identity. Mesa Abierta will also contribute to the efforts made in recent years to bring notoriety to the traditional foods of Guanajuato and attract hungry “foodies” from all over to our city.
The festival will offer entertainment choices such as outdoor picnics and special dinners, and many people from the gastronomy world (producers, distributors, cooks, etc.) will play a part in the festivities.
Three nights will feature special dinners at popular establishments in town with the goal of promoting the best of the city’s offerings. Internationally known chefs such as Rick Bayless (Frontera, US) Mauro Colagreco (two Michelin stars, France), and Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli (The Frankies, US) will be on hand, in addition to regional cooks such as Colectivo Mexicano de Cocina Jorge Vallejo (Quintonil), Elena Reygadas (Rosetta) and Benito Molina (Manzanilla), who will cook in local restaurants including Moxi (Hotel Matilda), The Restaurant, 1826 (Rosewood San Miguel), Cumpanio, Patio 3, Hacienda de Guadalupe, Calenda and L’otel. Chefs Ricardo Muñoz Zurita (Café Azul y Oro), Dante Ferrero (Neuquén) and Edgar Núñez (Barra Vieja) will also take part. Casa Dragones will offer a special event with bartender Jim Meehan (PDT, Manhattan).
On Friday, March 21, a dinner at The Restaurant will be held, featuring the chefs from Frankies Spuntino in New York City. Donnie Masterton, owner of The Restaurant, said that this dinner will be a unique experience and this is the first time that “the Frankies” have come to San Miguel. He added that The Restaurant is celebrating its sixth anniversary.