Acclaimed Mexican restaurant Chichén Itzá, located at Mercado La Paloma in south downtown Los Angeles, launched yesterday a celebration of Yucatecan culture, folklore and food.
The month-long event is dubbed “The Magic of Yucatán” and will feature free activities for all of L.A.
From August 1-31, the restaurant (owned by renowned chef and restaurateur Gilberto Cetina) and Mercado La Paloma are providing different type of fun activities. But they’ll also present educational and culture-specific programs.
There’ll be an ongoing art exhibit, which will display works from the likes of Luis Coral, Ignacio Fernandez, David Mir, and Mario Sibaja. All of them have Yucatan and Southern California ties, so there works figure to be a must-see.
Throughout the month on Sundays (August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31) at noon, musical and dance groups are scheduled to provide entertainment. One of those entities involved is a school of folklore dance name Escuela de Danza Folklorica Xanat.
Yesterday’s opening ceremony featured a great deal of culture, including Yucatecan food, folklore dance and brief talks about the history of Yucatan.
“I’m extremely happy and proud to a part of this,” said Cetina as he directed himself towards the hundreds of people present.
Another segment of this festival to keep in mind is that on Tuesdays at 6 p.m., Cetina and his son, Gilberto Cetina, Jr., will offer special gastronomic demonstrations for all foodies. Some of the demos will include pasta de anchiote, salsa de chile habanero, and cochinita pibil, among others.
Workshops are also expected.
For more information, visit www.chichenitzarestaurant.com or www.mercadolapaloma.com