To celebrate the most patriotic month in the Mexican calendar, Garza Blanca’s Made in Mexico cultural event has already got off to a tasty start by offering guests an extended selection of Mexican dishes at its gourmet restaurants in preparation for the big events taking place from September 11th through September 16th.
Made in Mexico Celebrating Mexico’s Independence
Mexico celebrates its Independence from Spain more than 200 years ago on the eve of September 16th each year. Traditionally, crowds will gather in town plazas and public spaces waiting for the mayor or President to ring the bell of independence and perform “El Grito,” the call of independence “Viva Mexico!”
In honor of Mexico’s heritage this year, Garza Blanca’s Made in Mexico program of events invites guest staying at the 5 Star Puerto Vallarta resort to experience some of the highlights that Mexico has to offer in terms of art, culture, cuisine and music, including art exhibitions, mariachi and special Mexican dishes on the menu.
A number of acclaimed special guests will also feature as part of the celebratory program, including award-winning fashion designer, Aline Moreno, Michelin awarded chef, Carlos Gaytán and musician and DJ, JR.Cutz. What do they all have in common? They were all made in Mexico!
Aline Moreno Fashion Designer
Graduate of the Instituto Marangoni Avantgarde College of Art and Fashion in Milan, Italy and winner of the National Fashion Award 2014, Aline Moreno is renowned for combining classic elegance with modern femininity, creating a fusion of haute couture and instinctive urban chic for women who are not afraid of what people think or say.
A true artist, she balances commercial success with creativity, promoting her current collection of designs inspired by the Mexican state of Nayarit that reference the vibrant culture and traditions of the native Huichol communities who revere nature and the cosmos within their artistic creations. Committed to balancing form and creating lightweight designs to match the climate and lifestyles of the Pacific coast, this winter’s collection is destined to be much more feminine.
The collection is based on a palette of black, white and red, with accessories by Miriam Ortega. For the Mexican designer, black represents life and white is associated with the clouds, the combination of which creates a totally unique touch of sophistication and sobriety which is intended to represent contemporary Mexico.
The collection was first showcased in the Cocktail of Fashion, an event that rewards the best of Mexican cinema, and later presented at Intermoda in Guadalajara, Mexico, the biggest fashion industry expo in Latin America, where Moreno opened the 62nd edition.
Chef Carlos Gaytan
Carlos Gaytan is one of those Mexican talents who demonstrate that passion, hard work and inspiration can make dreams come true. Although Gaytan did not formally study a career in gastronomy, his childhood hobby has today made him one of the most successful young Mexican chefs in the world, with a Michelin star under his belt too for his restaurant, Mexique, which he opened in 2008 in Chicago with his wife Iliamar Isaac.
Gaytan’s Chicago restaurant has begun to attract the attention of the local and national fooderati, receiving its first Michelin star in 2013. You will find stingray, green mole (a rich sauce) from the Mexican state of Guerrero, pickled onions stuffed with roasted suckling pig, roast beef with goat cheese sauce and hibiscus sangria among the creative specialities he serves in his restaurant.
Demonstrating the fruits of his efforts, talent and dedication, Gaytan is an example of how we can achieve our dreams, not as a matter of luck but through perseverance and faith. Today, he is defined as a daring chef who respects Mexico’s traditions.
Mariano. J Aguilera is best known by his professional name, JR. CUTZ. Currently the vocalist and guitarist for the Mexican band Caxie, he is also a music producer and DJ. Born in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, the musician now lives in Guadalajara where he continues to make music, collaborating with a number of Mexican bands including Sussie 4, Belanova, Manotas, Charles Ans, GeraMxm, Cohen, Caloncho, with specialities in soul, funk and house music.
For his live acts as DJ, he focuses on a fine selection of music from futuristic funk to tropical indie dance music and deep house. Sets from one to three hours feature live ensembles with instruments such as the electric guitar, keyboard, percussion and vocals.