New Culinary Identity with Moxi Restaurant
San Miguel de Allende, Mexico: Hotel Matilda (www.hotelmatilda.com) has rewritten the recipe for its dining experience, creating a new culinary identity that incorporates both its Mexican heritage and its cutting-edge, contemporary spirit.
Executive Chef Jorge Boneta has developed a new classic Mexican menu inspired by the country’s rich tradition of markets, street food and home-cooked meals, but has updated the dishes with the latest international culinary trends and techniques and spiced them with his personal creativity.
Completing the culinary concept is a new indigenous name for the restaurant. Hotel Matilda’s dining room has been renamed Moxi Restaurant (http://moxi.com.mx). Moxi means “craving” in the language of the Otomi, the native people of the region for whom San Miguel de Allende has long been a cultural hub.
“We have created the kind of exciting and modern dining experience at Moxi Restaurant that our savvy and well-traveled guests want and expect,” said General Manager Bruce James. “The cuisine captures the culinary imagination of today with extraordinary flavors and combinations, and at the same time is steeped in tradition and deeply satisfying.”
The menu is seasonal, changing with the freshest and best ingredients available, and served in the contemporary-art filled, indoor-outdoor ambience of Moxi. Among the dishes on Chef Boneta’s new menu are Pork Shank with Avocado-Leaf Adobo, Rice & Beans; Smoked Duck Salad with Blue Cheese & Spicy Berry Dressing; Tuna with Mango Tartar, and Shrimp Bloody Mary.
Farm-to-table ingredients of the highest quality are the foundation of the cuisine at Moxi. Chef Boneta researched the finest and freshest foods available in the region, and then established partnerships with the best local specialty food producers “ including organic farmers, ranchers and dairies” to procure and produce the ingredients for his cuisine at Hotel Matilda. A key partner is Purisima de Jalpa, a 153-acre working hacienda supplying organic heirloom tomatoes, baby vegetables, lettuces and herbs. Other partners provide such foods as homemade artisanal cheeses, made from raw, organic sheep, cow and goat’s milk, and European-style, dry-cured meats.
Hotel Matilda is celebrated for its inventive individualism, most notably for creating the first and only contemporary ambiance including an art-gallery-like interior filled with dramatic contemporary art in colonial-themed San Miguel de Allende. Moxi continues this iconoclastic tradition at Hotel Matilda. Moxi also furthers the hotel’s reputation in Mexico as a culinary innovator known for its “Supper Clubs,” one-of-a-kind dining events held regularly throughout the year that feature famous guest chefs and extravagant menus. The most recent Supper Club, on March 16, 2012, was the most sizzling hot Supper Club yet featuring superstar Mexican chef Jose Manuel. He is the chef of Pitiona, the Oaxacan restaurant that has exploded onto the Mexican dining scene and been anointed with international recognition.
To see the menus or for more information about Moxi Restaurant, log on to: http://moxi.com.mx.
Hotel Matilda is a cutting-edge boutique hotel offering a lifestyle-focused guest experience combining an award-winning holistic spa, innovative Mexican cuisine, a popular lounge known for its creative mixology, and a vibrant, art gallery-like ambiance filled with dramatic contemporary art. Hotel Matilda opened in September 2010 in the center of San Miguel de Allende, the crown jewel of Colonial Mexico that is an UNESCO World Heritage Site celebrated for its intact 500-year-old Spanish architecture. For more information and reservations: toll free 855-MATILDA (855-628-4532) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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