An Extraordinary Fusion of Mexican Art and Culinary Delights
By THÉRÈSE MARGOLIS
“A jug of wine, a loaf of bread and…”
Omar Khayyam may have forgotten to include the fine arts in his Rubaiyat ode to sensuality, but the renowned Mexican restaurant LaMari, located in Mexico City’s upscale Lomas de Chapultepec and specializing in haute cuisine delicacies from across the nation, certainly did not.
In a multisensual celebration of all things Mexican, the restaurant is presenting a month-long homage to the country’s boundless richness of gastronomy and modern-indigenous art, with a voluptuous journey of the senses through the hauntingly beautiful deserts of the northwestern state of Sonora.
With the help of Sonoran-native chef Zuleyma Zepeda, who accentuates traditional cookery with heightened epicurean mastery, and internationally acclaimed artist and sculptor César Menchaca, known for his chromatic and intricate contemporary works that incorporate the ancient Huichol arts of bead and yarn expression, LaMari is offering a carnal, all-inclusive experience of one of Mexico’s most mystical and culturally intriguing regions.
The multifaceted and immersive sensual adventure, titled “Flavor and Art of Our Sky, Sea and Soil,” was the creative initiative of Top Food México director Daniel Arrambide, spurred on by the encouragement of his commercial partner and Grupo Athos director, Jacqueline Rota, who, together with Grupo Anthos director Nephtali Mancilla, have crafted an exceptional and unparalleled fusion of culinary and visual arts.
LaMari is the showcase destination of these four unforgettable dinner-and-art evenings, held on every Wednesday night through Nov. 1, starting at 7:45 p.m.
The by-reservation-only dining-and-exhibition experiences include a lavish, four-course dinner of grilled pork and chillie hash layered onto thick, aromatic blue tortillas, an anchovy-packed Caesar salad, richly spiced briny oysters and clams, tender roast beef filets in wine and herb sauce and a brownie in port cream for dessert.
The meal, personally formulated by Zepeda, is paired with two of Spain’s top wines: a Peñalba López Cava, bursting with an unexpected bouquet of fresh notes of wild herbs and artichokes that balances perfectly against the poignant native flavors of the Sonoran appetizers, and a stately 2021 Finca Torremilanos Ribera de Duero Montecastrillo Tempranillo that graciously holds its own with both the seafood and the robust meat.
There is also an intimate presentation of some of Menchaca’s most important works, with the artist himself providing insights into how he has blended the pre-Columbian elegance of Huichol art with his own modern creations.
And as an added bonus, at the end of the evening, there is a raffle of a limited-edition bottle of Loco tequila decorated with Huichol beads by Menchaca himself, worth more than 80,000 pesos.
The cost of the once-in-a-lifetime gastronomy and art experience is 1,950 pesos per person in advance and 2,222 pesos per person on the day of the event.
Reservations can be made via WhatsApp at +52-56-3343-4747 or through Top Food Concierge.
LaMari is located at Monte Athos 395 in Mexico City’s Colonia Lomas de Chapultepec.