Monday, October 30th, 2017
Despite what its name implies, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is actually a two-day event, celebrated on Nov 1st and 2nd each year. It is an opportunity to reflect on and send prayers to those who have passed away, and to connect with their spirits.
Our multi-talented DJ Jose Ruiz has once again graced our front windows with two matching calaveras painted with white tempura paint. As it happens, Jose’s regular Thursday night DJ slot falls on the second night of Dia de los Muertos, and he will again DJ a special set that focuses on songs that nod to the theme of death in some shape or form.
Jose Ruiz paints calaveras on Comal’s front windows
In addition to Jose’s calaveras, Comal is looking festive this week with strings of colorful, intricate papel picado (literally, “cut paper”) over the dining room and soon we will be lining the dining area with marigolds. The marigolds are a symbol of death, referred to as the “flower of the dead”. Marigolds are often sprinkled on Dia de los Muertos altars and also on graves, sometimes fashioned into elaborate arches. In some villages, people leave a trail of marigolds from their front door to their loved one’s grave, so that the deceased may easily find their way back home again. The attractive scent of the marigold is said to draw them back to earth for the yearly Dia de los Muertos reunion.
Papel picado hangs from the ceiling of Comal’s dining room
On Wednesday and Thurdsay nights, we will also be sending everyone home with a slice of pan de muerto, a special sweet egg bread adorned with “bones” on the top baked for Dia de los Muertos.
Group Dining at Comal
With the holidays fast approaching, Comal has two great options for gatherings of family and friends or business holiday parties – Table 30 and Abajo.
Table 30 is our community table in the front of the restaurant – it seats 8-11 people on long benches. Abajo is our cozy private dining room located in our cellar – it seats 12-22 people. In both cases we offer a multi-course, fixed price menu that can be tailored to the specific needs of your party. For Abajo, we have also created special custom cocktails for parties with names to match on several occasions.
Here are sample menus for Table 30 and Abajo
For further information and to inquire about available dates for either of our group dining options, contact us at email@example.com
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Day of the Dead Mezcal Dinner with Jake Lustig at Comal
On Monday, November 2nd, Comal will welcome Jake Lustig from Don Amado Mezcals for a special dinner showcasing several of Jake’s offerings (as well as a surprise or two), paired with a menu of Oaxaca-inspired dishes by Comal’s executive chef Matt Gandin. Dinner guests will have the opportunity to engage in conversation with Jake and learn first-hand about his extensive experiences in the world of agave spirits.
The dinner will cap off Comal’s two night Day of the Dead celebration, which will take place on both Sunday November 1st and Monday November 2nd. In addition to the mezcal dinner, Comal will also welcome DJ Jose Ruiz on Sunday November 1st, for a special night of songs that nod to the theme of death. As in years past, Comal will feature several stunning examples of papel picado by Catalina Delgado-Trunk, façade window art (also by Jose Ruiz) and complementary pan de muerto for all diners on November 1st and 2nd.
A native Californian, Jake Lustig renovated an Oaxacan mezcal distillery in 1995, which he has since developed into one of the most ecologically sustainable examples in the industry. He has developed numerous mezcal and tequila brands, spent over a decade managing Latin American spirits for the world’s largest liquor distributor in the US, and currently runs San Francisco’s 160-year old import-wholesale house, Haas Brothers. Jacob’s Mexican company, Las Joyas del Agave, consists of various projects including the Selección ArteNOM Tequila line, Mexico’s 130 year-old bitter Fernet and Angostura liquors, and the mezcal marks Mina Real Mezcal and Don Amado Mezcal.
This is the latest in an ongoing series of producer dinners (previous dinners have featured wine companies like Bedrock, Arnot-Roberts, Unti, and Wind Gap and beer companies like Fort Point, Henhouse and Social) held in Comal’s private dining room, Abajo – but it is the first dinner featuring mezcal. All previous events have sold out in advance.
DATE/TIME: Monday, November 2nd at 6:30pm
PRICE: Tickets are $70 (inclusive of food, mezcal and service charge)
RESERVATIONS: Space is limited – to purchase tickets, follow this link: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/978981
ADDRESS: Comal is located at 2020 Shattuck Avenue (at University Avenue) in Berkeley
Guacamole, Chips and Three Salsas
“Palomaesque” Cocktail – Don Amado Rústico mezcal, Cocchi Americano, grapefruit, lime, honey, salt, soda
Chilpachole de camarón (spicy shrimp soup)
Don Amado Rústico
Turkey and camote tamale with mole negro
Don Amado Reposado
Arroz con leche with piloncillo candied pumpkin and pepitas
Don Amado Añejo