Imperial’s 4th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration

By: Amber Ogden | October 30, 2015
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Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a Mexican holiday observed in order to honor loved ones who have passed. Imperial of Ferndale is throwing a party on Monday, Nov. 2 to celebrate.

Imperial’s 4th annual Dia de los Muertos celebration will include a special one day only menu prepared by new executive chef Brandon Zarb, with four different varieties of tacos, Tamale de Espinazo, Chili Rellenos Epazote, Red Snapper Tostada, Mexican chocolate ice cream and more.

“This (guy is) the real deal, we are really excited about him and the amazing food he makes,” Sagen Isham, marketing manager of Imperial, said. “His one day only menu will certainly showcase his talent and creativity!”

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There will be plenty of drink specials, including a shot with house-infused pineapple vanilla tequila and Ancho Reyes liqueur. The night’s cocktail will be a mix of bourbon, chile liqueur, honey-pineapple-pink peppercorn syrup, lime, sparkling apple cider and bitters, so get it while you can! Specialty beers will include El Rojo from Griffin Claw Brewing Company and El Ocho Mole from New Holland Brewing.

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While the food and drink are staples of the event, local artists have again donated their artwork (in the form of paper-mâché skulls) to be auctioned off for charity.

“This year, we have selected 16 different incredibly talented Metro Detroit area artists to custom design skulls with the benefit of raising thousands of dollars for children’s art-based charities,” Isham said, noting that the proceeds from the auction will benefit art programs at Ferndale’s Roosevelt Primary School.

Participating artists include Jerry Vile, Audrey Pongracz, Kim Hoxworth, Gary Arnett, Kadee Spangler, Mark Heggie, Shaina Kasztelan, Jeff Shea, Jacx Schanes, Peter Coe, Vincenzo Tocco, Craig Horky, Brian Lewandowski, Curtis Kloss, Tom Helland, and John Roe.

“Each year, we set up a community altar and encourage those coming to the celebration to bring in photos of their lost loved ones to place on the altar,” Isham said.

Attendees are also encouraged to dress up in traditional sugar skull makeup and garb, and the person with the best costume will take home $200 in gift cards.

Enjoy the celebration of All Souls Day at Imperial!