One never knows when inspiration will strike. For the past three years I have hosted Mexican inspired Passover dinners at Comal, and decided that this year, I wanted to take the same approach and apply it to traditional Hanukkah dishes. We were still weeks away from announcing these dinners to the public, and as I was informing our service staff of this upcoming event during our nightly lineup meeting, it suddenly popped into my head. “Oaxanukkah!” I’ve always been a sucker for wordplay, and instantly knew that this must be what we called this mashup of traditional Hanukkah fare with Mexican flavors.
This stroke of lightning set off an intense brainstorm. Ever since I first saw them a few years back, I’ve been a huge fan of Bay Area illustrator John Sherlock Hersey’s series of t-shirts that combine Dia de los Muertos imagery with local sports team logos. Although we have been open now for 3 ½ years, we have never made a Comal t-shirt, and I thought that this would be a great opportunity to design one. Of course I can hardly draw a stick figure, so I reached out to my good friend and graphic artist, Justin Leibow. I pitched him the idea of putting together a fun t-shirt design that combines Oaxacan skull drawing and Jewish Hanukkah imagery. He was all in from the start. Between filming a television commercial last weekend, pitching two other projects and travelling with his family to Seattle for Thanksgiving, Justin threw down a killer design within the week, capturing everything that we discussed and then some!
I am very excited for the dinners, and also to offer for sale these limited edition “Oaxanukkah” t-shirts. Tickets are still available for both Monday December 7 and Tuesday December 8. Please join us for an epic feast!