On this Super Bowl Sunday—better known to us Latinos as Dia de La Candelaria, which is yet another tamale holiday—after the commercials, Bruno Mars, and Richard Sherman sound bites, after the last tortilla chip has scooped up a mix of post-game guacamole and Pace Picante sauce, what we will miss most are the house and tailgate parties.
This year the folks at MetLife stadium are restricting tail gate parties out of security concerns. Not to worry, chefs/partners Eduardo Ruiz and Travis Hoffacker of Corazon y Miel will be popping up at Pasadena’s Ix Tapa Cantina for a four-night Tailgate Feast from February 9 until 12. The two are avid tailgaters at USC games (at least they were before they owned their own restaurant), and have always prepared special, strengthening dishes to rally the Trojan: Fight On!
Ruiz describes this as an “anti-pop-up, where a group of four can share two or three dishes family-style. He explains, “We want to make it more like a party, the kind we’ve been doing at the Trojan games.”
The event is mostly a chance for Corazon y Miel supporters and followers to get together closer to their homes, but Ruiz added, “We are also testing the waters for a possible project in another neighborhood.”
The menu for the pop-up includes birria inspired from a family recipe, a Brazilian feijoada; a seabass, octopus, and shrimp ceviche, and of course, they will be serving their signature pan con chompipe, a whole turkey leg sandwich covered in slaw.
“These dishes will of course be our own interpretation of some classic Latin-American dishes, and some of our own creations,” said Ruiz. The Tailgate Feast kicks off a week after Super Bowl Sunday. Reservations may be made by phone (323-560-1776) or at corazonymiel.com/tailgate.
The Tailgate Feast, February 9-12, Ix Tapa Cantina, 119 E. Colorado Bl., Pasadena.