Preparations are underway for a big weekend at Comal to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Our good friend and (not so) secret agent Jose Ruiz has graced our front windows with two matching “calaveras” painted with white tempura paint. Today we will be hanging four special pieces of “papel picado” by noted folk artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk on the lathe walls in the main dining room. I’ll be writing a more extensive piece about Catalina later this week – we’re honored to be showing her distinctive work at Comal.
Though the focus this week is primarily on Dia de los Muertos, our servers have been scheming some fun costumes for Halloween night – many of them are coming in costumes inspired by various Comal cocktails. Jack Satan anyone? Abuelo Sucio? Should be an interesting night…
By day, Jose runs Casa Latina, a panaderia and cafe on San Pablo – one of their specialties is Pan de Muertos, a special sweet egg bread adorned with “bones” on the top baked for Dia de los Muertos. They make countless loaves around this time every year and distribute them to schools, festivals and other gatherings. We will be sending everyone home with a piece of this very tasty Pan de Muerto on both Friday and Saturday night. We will also be adding other decorations throughout the restaurant, including marigolds and sugar skulls.
In addition to his normal Thursday night DJ slot, Jose will also be doing a special Saturday night stint that focuses on songs that nod to the theme of death in some shape or form.
We hope to see you out at Comal this week!