Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off now through Oct. 15, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with food and drink in two cultural hotspots—Mexico’s San Miguel de Allende and Washington Heights in New York. Read on for some tasty tidbits from the swanky Casa de Sierra Nevada, A Belmond Hotel, and the Radio Hotel.
Salud to Hispanic Heritage Month
At Casa de Sierra Nevada, they know a thing or two about good libations and good eats. Chef Ruben Yanez from the hotel’s Sazon Cooking School and lead mixologist Eleazar Barbosa from its Tunki Rooftop by Handshake have joined forces to create a dish and cocktail pairing created in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Chef Ruben’s Pozole Verde is a Mexican staple, a hearty soup that comes in three iterations: white, red and green. Truth is, it’s delicious no matter what, and this version hailing from Guerrero, Mexico, made with tomatillos and chicken breast, is right on target. Alongside this warm, delicious dish comes Barbosa’s Mezcalita drink, created with Mezcal Amaras, grapefruit juice, mesquite honey and a splash of fresh lemon juice. It’s hearty yet refreshing, perfect for a bowl of pozole verde.
Sazon Cooking School is housed in an 18th-century mansion and was created to immerse guests in the world of Mexican cuisine. Together with Chef Ruben, your clients will enjoy an experience that takes them from the market to the kitchen and then on to enjoy the final product. Tunki Rooftop, conveniently perched on the rooftop of one of Casa de Sierra Nevada’s historic buildings, serves cocktails and small plates with a side of jaw-dropping views of the city of San Miguel de Allende.
For more information, visit belmond.com.
Hispanic Heritage Month in The Heights
If you’ve seen the movie, you know what we’re talking about. Washington Heights is a melting pot of Caribbean Hispanic culture—most notably Dominican—and the Radio Hotel is the first and only boutique hotel to set up shop in NYC’s Little Dominican Republic. Together with its restaurant, Jalao NYC (ha-lah-oh), they’ve created a series of events for your clients to come and janguear (han-gyar), or hang out with the locals in the hotel’s chic 8,000 sq-ft. courtyard. For example, Tuesday nights are now Domino Tuesdays, with weekly tournaments (a favored pastime in the Dominican Republic) happening alongside light Caribbean bites and tropical cocktails (oh, and Presidente beer, very cold, very important). On Thursdays, it’s Unlimited BBQ Thursdays, and there’s much more going on, so get your clients on up to Upper Manhattan for hot music, good eats (think chicharron y casabe and bombones de yuca) and cool libations.
Radio Hotel is a lifestyle boutique property with 221 rooms with a 170-spot underground parking garage (a real convenience—available for a fee to hotel guests and the public) and modern standard studios, kings suites and bunk beds, a rooftop for private events, the aforementioned courtyard and Jalao—where you’ll hear the bachata music and smell the aromatic dishes before you even open the door.
For more information, visit theradiohotel.com.