¡Salud! Fonda San Miguel mark’s Mexico’s Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico and honored at Fonda with their annual homemade altar Oct. 31 through Saturday, Nov. 3.
Every year, Fonda recognizes Dia de los Muertos with a beautiful, handmade ofrenda (altar) prepared by staff to honor the spirits and souls of loved ones passed. This year is especially important, recognizing the passing of Chef Miguel Ravago, co-founder of the restaurant Fonda San Miguel, who passed away in June of 2017 and is still sorely missed by the Fonda family. This year the altar will be placed in the center of the restaurant, where Sunday’s Hacienda brunch is served, with Miguel’s photo displayed.
The altar is trimmed with hundreds of Mexican marigolds, which are very aromatic. (It’s said the perfume from the flowers guides the spirits back to this dimension.) The Fonda family and friends bring photos of their dearly departed to display. Sugar skulls, candles, not to mention a variety of fruit, such as platanos, guayaba, avocados, as well as wine, tequila, salt and all the ingredients for Puebla-style mole are carefully displayed for the spirits’ arrival. The altar at Fonda San Miguel will be on display Oct. 31 through Nov. 3.