Chefs at Olympic Village Mexican cocina team up on special multi-course menu in honour of annual 'Day of the Dead' holiday

Vancouver, B.C., October 16, 2020 - Vancouver diners are invited to indulge in a supernatural south-of-the-border feast on Saturday, October 31 as Ophelia sets the stage for a one-night-only Día de los Muertos  (Day of the Dead) dinner service.
A storied holiday observed throughout Latin America, Día de los Muertos is a day for families to come together to remember and celebrate the souls of their deceased relatives with lively celebrations that includes traditional food and drink, colourful costumes, homemade alters, musical tributes and parades. Olympic Village cocina Ophelia will pay tribute to this annual holiday by hosting its very own one-night-only Día de los Muertos dinner featuring a multi-course menu of refined Mexican cuisine served an intimate atmosphere.
Following Ophelia's regular hours from 4 to 6 p.m., the restaurant will close temporarily as the dining room is transformed into a mystical space with flickering candles and vibrant decorations. Staff will create an enchanting ambiance for diners by painting their faces with traditional calavera (skull) makeup and curating a soundtrack of Mexican folk music.
When the restaurant reopens at 7:30 p.m., guests will be invited to take a seat in the dimly lit dining room and indulge in a decadent five-course menu prepared by Ophelia's Executive Chef Francisco Higareda and newly appointed Executive Sous Chef Victor Ramos. Working in tandem throughout the evening, Chefs Higareda and Ramos will take turns preparing alternating courses for a truly collaborative celebration menu of refined Latin American fare.
Saturday, October 31
$75 per person, plus tax and gratuity
Welcome Cocktail
Santa Muerte Margarita 
Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal, Squid Ink Syrup, Lime, Edible Flower  
90-day Aged Cash Creek Ribeye
Refried beans + Masa, Burrata Cheese, Burnt Salsa
Chef Higareda
Crudo De Atun
Serrano Pepper, Lemon Balm Greens, Pacific Salt
Salsa Verde, Cilantro Oil
Chef Ramos
Pavo Mole De Manzana
Free Range Turkey Breast, Patty Pan Squash + Green Bean Salad
Apple Mole, Black Bean Puree
Chef Higareda
Costilla De Res En Mole Negro
Braised Beef Shortrib, Sweet Pea Puree
Onion Ash, Black Mole
Chef Ramos
Calabaza En Tacha
Brown Sugar Cane + Star Anise Braised Pumpkin
Caledula Cake
Chef Higareda
Reservations are available for Ophelia's Día de los Muertos dinner on Saturday, October 31 starting at 7:30 p.m. Bookings must be made via phone at 604-800-5253 and secured with a credit card, with full payment taken at the table. Note, the restaurant will be exclusively serving the Día de los Muertos dinner menu in the evening on October 31.
For more information about Ophelia, visit opheliakitchen.ca 
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ABOUT Ophelia

Named after Chef Francisco's mother, Ophelia specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine prepared with a refined, elevated approach. "Given my strong connection to Mexican cuisine, we saw an opportunity to take advantage of my knowledge and passion and do something truly unique here in Olympic Village," Higareda explains. "My mother inspired my love of cooking and it will be a true honour to return to my roots and pay homage to her and my country at Ophelia this spring." Ophelia offers a fully licensed bar serving handcrafted cocktails made with premium tequilas and mezcals, along with local and imported craft beers, and New- and Old-World wines.