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Chef David Burke’s Cinco de Mayo Musts


The chef celebrates the Mexican holiday by giving all of the classics his own special twists

Chef David Burke is all about reinventing the classics for his Cinco de Mayo feast.

Pretty much all of the classic dishes served during Cinco de Mayo parties are at mine, too. Mole, tacos, guacamole, and margaritas are all enjoyed, but when I make them, I try to add just one element of surprise to the popular and commonly enjoyed dishes.

Like with my guacamole recipe. I don’t just make guacamole, but I make deep-fried guacamole balls by rolling them in crushed tortillas and frying them until crisp.

Click here to see the Deep-Fried Guacamole Balls Recipe

Or like with my tacos. Instead of making them with traditional ground beef, I’ll make tuna tacos instead and add components like ginger oil and horseradish cream to make them unique.

Click here to see the Tuna Tacos Recipe

Another easy dish that’s popular in Latin America is ceviche, and I make mine with shrimp, lemon and lime juice, and spicy jalapeño to give it a little kick.

Click here to see the Shrimp Ceviche Recipe

It’s all about the classics at my Cinco de Mayo celebration, but these classics have a hint of flare.

David Burke is a world-renowned chef and restaurateur. To learn more about him, visit his website and his Facebook page, and follow him on Twitter @ChefDavidBurke


5 Facts About Cinco de Mayo's History and Meaning

Published May 4, 2021 &bull Updated on May 5, 2021 at 8:38 am

Wednesday marks the 159th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo. While it's a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the U.S., the annual fiesta is an excuse to indulge in margaritas, cervezas (beer), guacamole and tacos.

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Local Café Strives to Be Just That

Megan Burke wanted a place where she could have a good meal, enjoy a glass of wine, feed her kids some healthy food, and walk home with change in her pocket.

When the six-year Piedmont resident couldn't find it, Burke did what she's been doing since the age of four, when her father taught her to cook: she made it herself.

With the expertise of the friends, family within her local, power-packed circle, Burke will open the new Local Café at 4395 Piedmont
Ave on Aug. 23. She said the café's debut will resemble a family reunion more than a restaurant opening.

"Everyone in here is going to know each other," she said. "My nanny, the man who delivers the produce, people's daughters working the counter, the six local moms who were all working at home that I hired to do publicity and other jobs—everyone is connected."

Burke has brought in everyone from the foodie experts she knows to her 10-year old daughter Natalie Nordenfelt whose large, expressive paintings grace the café walls. She even shares a babysitter with the wine supplier.

"I met her on Craigslist years ago," said Burke of Tracey Brandt, who runs the successful Donkey and Goat Winery in Berkeley with her husband Jared. "I called her and said, 'Do you want to be a part of this?"

Chef Colin Etezadi, who used to be the chef for , was picked for his connection to local vendors. He will control the menu, train and supervise the kitchen, and shop the Montclair and Oakland farmer's markets for fresh, organic produce.

David Crombie, an Oakland resident and Burke's fellow proprietor, is already well-known to Piedmonters from his stint as the original general manager at , where he also showed his willingness to walk a dog, drive someone's elderly parents to the airport, or step in as a handyman. Burke says Crombie's upbeat attitude and management approach fit right in with her good neighbor philosophies.

"We want a place that people can walk to from their homes. The people who frequent this café are going to be kids from Piedmont High, mothers who do small things for the café, families. It's about creating something for the community."

The Local Café will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. serving breakfast and lunch, adding Thursday through Saturday dinner hours in late September after Etezadi's staff is "on their feet and tight," according to Burke.

Perched above the action on a daily basis, Burke plans to continue to phone her father for advice while working hard to make the new kid on the block a Piedmont institution. You can phone the café at 510-922-8249.


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Events leading to the Battle of Puebla Edit

Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the Second French intervention in Mexico, which took place in the aftermath of the 1846–48 Mexican–American War and the 1858–61 Reform War. The Reform War was a civil war that pitted Liberals (who believed in separation of church and state and freedom of religion) against Conservatives (who favored a tight bond between the Catholic Church and the Mexican state). [10] These wars nearly bankrupted the Mexican Treasury. On July 17, 1861, Mexican President Benito Juárez issued a moratorium in which all foreign debt payments would be suspended for two years. [6] [11] In response, France, Britain and Spain sent naval forces to Veracruz to demand reimbursement. Britain and Spain negotiated with Mexico and peacefully withdrew, but France, at the time ruled by Napoleon III, decided to use the opportunity to establish an empire in Mexico that would favor French interests, the Second Mexican Empire. The empire was part of an envisioned "Latin America" (term used to imply cultural kinship of the region with France) that would rebuild French influence in the American continent and exclude Anglophone American territories. [ citation needed ]

French invasion and Mexican victory Edit

Late in 1861, a well-armed French fleet attacked Veracruz, landing a large French force and driving President Juárez and his government into retreat. [12] Moving on from Veracruz towards Mexico City, the French army encountered heavy resistance from the Mexicans close to Puebla, at the Mexican forts of Loreto and Guadalupe. [13] The French army of 8,000 [14] [15] [note 1] attacked the poorly equipped Mexican army of 4,000. [16] [note 2] On May 5, 1862, [17] the Mexicans decisively defeated the French army. [18] [19] [20] The victory represented a significant morale boost to the Mexican army and the Mexican people at large [21] [22] and helped establish a sense of national unity and patriotism. [23]

Events after the battle Edit

The Mexican victory, however, was short-lived. A year later, with 30,000 troops, the French were able to defeat the Mexican army, capture Mexico City, and install Emperor Maximilian I as ruler of Mexico. [24] The French victory was itself short-lived, lasting only three years, from 1864 to 1867. [24] By 1865, "with the American Civil War now over, the U.S. began to provide more political and military assistance to Mexico to expel the French". [24] Upon the conclusion of the American Civil War, Napoleon III, facing a persistent Mexican guerilla resistance, the threat of war with Prussia, and "the prospect of a serious scrap with the United States", retreated from Mexico starting in 1866. [25] The Mexicans recaptured Mexico City, and Maximilian I was apprehended and executed, along with his Mexican generals Miguel Miramón and Tomás Mejía Camacho in Cerro de las Campanas, Querétaro. [11] [24] "On June 5, 1867, Benito Juárez entered Mexico City where he installed a new government organizing his administration." [11]

Significance Edit

The Battle of Puebla was significant, both nationally and internationally, for several reasons. First, "This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years." [26] [27] [note 3] Second, since the overall failed French intervention, some have argued that no country in the Americas has subsequently been invaded by any other military force from Europe. [28] [note 4] Historian Justo Sierra has suggested in his Political Evolution of the Mexican People that, had Mexico not defeated the French in Puebla on May 5, 1862, France would have gone to the aid of the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War and the United States' destiny could have been different. [29] [30]

United States Edit

According to a paper published by the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture about the origin of the observance of Cinco de Mayo in the United States, the modern American focus on that day first started in California in 1863 in response to the resistance to French rule in Mexico. [31] "Far up in the gold country town of Columbia (now Columbia State Park) Mexican miners were so overjoyed at the news that they spontaneously fired off rifle shots and fireworks, sang patriotic songs and made impromptu speeches." [32]

A 2007 UCLA Newsroom article notes that "the holiday, which has been celebrated in California continuously since 1863, is virtually ignored in Mexico." [31] TIME magazine reports that "Cinco de Mayo started to come into vogue in 1940s America during the rise of the Chicano Movement." [22] The holiday crossed over from California into the rest of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s but did not gain popularity until the 1980s when marketers, especially beer companies, capitalized on the celebratory nature of the day and began to promote it. [33] [34] It grew in popularity and evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, first in areas with large Mexican-American populations, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, New York, followed by Cleveland, Boston, Indianapolis, Raleigh, Dallas, San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Miami, Orlando, Denver, Phoenix, Philadelphia, Tucson, San Francisco, San Jose, and San Diego. [35]

In a 1998 study in the Journal of American Culture it was reported that there were more than 120 official US celebrations of Cinco de Mayo in 21 different states. An update in 2006 found that the number of official Cinco de Mayo events was 150 or more, according to José Alamillo, a professor of ethnic studies at Washington State University in Pullman, who has studied the cultural impact of Cinco de Mayo north of the border. [36] Los Angeles' Fiesta Broadway has been billed as the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in the world, which it most certainly was at its peak in the 1990s when it attracted crowds of 500,000 or more. In recent years attendance has seen a dramatic decrease. [37] [38]

On June 7, 2005, the United States Congress issued a concurrent resolution calling on the President of the United States to issue a proclamation calling upon the people of the United States to observe Cinco de Mayo with appropriate ceremonies and activities. [39] To celebrate, many display Cinco de Mayo banners while school districts hold special events to educate students about its historical significance. Special events and celebrations highlight Mexican culture, especially in its music and regional dancing. Examples include baile folklórico and mariachi demonstrations held annually at the Plaza del Pueblo de Los Ángeles, near Olvera Street. Commercial interests in the United States have capitalized on the celebration, advertising Mexican products and services, with an emphasis on alcoholic beverages, [40] [41] foods, and music. [42] [43] According to Nielsen, in 2013 more than $600 million worth of beer was purchased in the United States for Cinco de Mayo, more than for the Super Bowl or St. Patrick's Day. [8]

Mexico Edit

On May 9, 1862, President Juárez declared that the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla would be a national holiday regarded as "Battle of Puebla Day" or "Battle of Cinco de Mayo". [44] [45] [46] [47] [48]

Today, the commemoration of the battle is not observed as a national holiday in Mexico (i.e. not a statutory holiday). [49] However, all public schools are closed nationwide in Mexico on May 5. [50] [51] The day is an official holiday in the State of Puebla, where the Battle took place, and also a full holiday (no work) in the neighboring State of Veracruz. [52] [53]

In Puebla, historical reenactments, parades, and meals take place to commemorate the battle. Parade participants dress as French and Mexican soldiers to reenact the battle. [54] Every year the city also hosts the Festival Internacional de Puebla, which gathers national and international artists, traditional musicians and dancers. [54] As well as the Festival Internacional del Mole, with an emphasis on the city's iconic mole poblano. [54]

In Mexico City, military commemoration is occasionally held at the Campo Marte. [55] A street, Avenida Cinco de Mayo [es] , in the Historic Center of Mexico City was named after the battle in 1862 by Benito Juárez.

Elsewhere Edit

Events tied to Cinco de Mayo also occur outside Mexico and the United States. As in the United States, celebrations elsewhere also emphasize Mexican cuisine, culture and music. For example, some Canadian pubs play Mexican music and serve Mexican food and drink, [56] and a sky-diving club near Vancouver holds a Cinco de Mayo skydiving event. [57] In the Cayman Islands, in the Caribbean, there is an annual Cinco de Mayo air guitar competition, [58] and at Montego Bay, Jamaica, there is a Cinco de Mayo celebration. [59] The city of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, holds an annual Mexican Festival [60] to honor the day, and celebrations are held in London [61] and New Zealand. [62] Other celebrations of the day can also be found in Cape Town, South Africa, [63] Lagos, Nigeria, [64] and in Paris. [65] Cinco de Mayo is celebrated in Japan in Osaka and in Tokyo's Yoyogi Park Event Space as a celebration of Latin American culture. [66] [67] [68]


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Cinco de Mayo History and Recipes

Cinco de Mayo is an important milestone in Mexican history, and revelers in the U.S. are happy to help celebrate the occasion with special menus and festive cocktails (even if they don't know exactly what the holiday is all about). Though some mistakenly call Cinco de Mayo Mexican Independence Day, it actually commemorates the May 5, 1862, Battle of Puebla, in which a formidable French army was trounced by a small Mexican contingent under the command of General Ignacio Zaragoza. The victory didn't result in immediate Mexican independence (that came five years later), but it still holds symbolic significance, particularly in Puebla, as well as in Mexican communities in the U.S.

Puebla Chicken and Potato Stew

"Cinco de Mayo may be more popular in the U.S. than in Mexico," notes David Suarez, the culinary director for the Rosa Mexicano restaurant group. Suarez says the holiday brings people together to eat and drink and celebrate cultural pride, and that means the Rosa Mexicano restaurants in every city are always incredibly busy at this time of year. "Cinco de Mayo at Rosa Mexicano is always a grand fiesta, with our signature, fresh-made tableside guacamole, pomegranate Margaritas, and live music."

Soft Fried Tortillas with Tomatillo Salsa and Chicken

Despite the growing number of Cinco de Mayo events in the U.S., it isn't a huge deal in Mexico, according to chef Richard Sandoval, who was born in Mexico City and lived there until the age of 12. "It's a family holiday," explains Sandoval, whose restaurants include Maya in New York and Dubai, Pampano in New York, and Tamayo in Denver. "We would get together at my grandmother's house to eat enchiladas, tamales, and flautas."

Three Milk Cake with Rompope

For Cinco de Mayo feasting, we've assembled a collection of authentic Puebla recipes. Or you can celebrate like Sandoval's family, with enchiladas, tamales, and flautas. As for drinks, try dressing up your Margarita with the colors of the Mexican flag, using Midori melon liqueur for the green and watermelon purée for the red. Then hoist a toast to the brave Mexican soldiers who defeated an invading army twice the size of theirs. ¡Viva Mexico!


Op-Ed: Cinco de Mayo -- a truly Mexican American holiday

Thanks to a recent ruling from the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, high school students in the Morgan Hill Unified School District south of San Jose won’t be allowed to wear American flag T-shirts on Cinco de Mayo. That’s too bad. The flags of both the United States and Mexico belong in any celebration of Cinco de Mayo, because it is, at its heart, a Mexican American holiday.

The ban was instituted a year after hostilities broke out at Live Oak High School during a Cinco de Mayo celebration. At the event, a group of primarily Mexican students carrying a Mexican flag were confronted by a group of primarily Caucasian students, who hoisted a makeshift American flag and began chanting “USA! USA!”

But the prohibition and the subsequent court ruling — like the students and school administrators involved in the dispute — don’t understand the essence of the holiday.

If you were to go to Mexico on May 5 and try wishing Mexicans a “Happy Cinco de Mayo,” you’d be greeted by puzzled looks. The holiday is virtually not celebrated south of the border.

Instead, Cinco de Mayo has its roots in the dark, early days of the American Civil War. A year into the conflict, it appeared that the Southern slave states might prevail in their efforts to keep African Americans in slavery based on notions of white supremacy.

The Confederacy had expanded into New Mexico and Arizona, and hoped to get all the way to Los Angeles. For tens of thousands of Latinos in the American West, slave territory was moving uncomfortably close. Even as the Union Army in the Eastern United States seemed paralyzed, fearful of moving decisively against the Confederates, numbers of California’s Latinos joined the U.S. Army and organized units of Spanish-speaking cavalry in California and unoccupied portions of New Mexico.

Though France didn’t take an official side in America’s Civil War, sympathetic banks in France were underwriting the Confederate dollar. And Napoleon III of France, knowing the U.S. was too involved in its own crisis to object, sent troops into Mexico in 1862, seeking to overthrow that country’s democratic government, which had abolished slavery 50 years earlier.

Napoleon’s forces were decisively beaten by the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, however, and had to withdraw to strongholds along the coast of Mexico. News of the Mexican victory arrived in California around the same time as news of the Union Army’s defeat in the Seven Days Battles.

Latinos celebrated the good news from Mexico by parading through the streets of towns in California and Nevada, proclaiming their stance both on the American Civil War and on French Intervention in Mexico. They opposed slavery, white supremacy and government by privileged elites in both the United States and Mexico. They supported freedom, racial equality and democracy.

In all those first parades, the revelers carried the U.S. flag and the Mexican flag side by side they sang both “The Star-Spangled Banner” and the “Himno Nacional Mexicano.” In Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Sacramento, Marysville, Stockton, Sonora, Virginia City, Nev., and elsewhere, both the U.S and Mexican flags led the way for those who supported freedom, racial equality and democratic government.

When Abraham Lincoln ran for reelection in 1864, amid fears he would be rejected after four years of bitter war, Latinos rallied votes for the Great Emancipator with campaign announcements proudly featuring the two flags, of the U.S. and Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo was made in America, by Latinos who proudly bore the U.S. and Mexican flags to show their support for both the Union and its values and for the Mexican victory over the French, who sought to undermine those values.

If the Morgan Hill Unified School District and the court had known more American history, the sad affair that pitted one community against another might have been avoided. Let’s not repeat that set of mistakes.

David E. Hayes-Bautista is a professor of Medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and the author of “El Cinco de Mayo: An American Tradition.”

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Out of the Closet & Into the Kitchen

A lthough the profession of chef used to be considered a boys’ club, and quite a straight one at that, 2015 sees many openly LGBT chefs heading restaurants and kitchens across the USA. Legions of Bravo reality-cooking shows (among many other food-related television and online programs) have demonstrated that gays and lesbians are truly stepping out in the kitchens these days, creating cutting-edge farm-to-table fare as well as exceptional pastries and desserts. April Bloomfield of NYC’s Spotted Pig, Anne Burrell of Food Network’s Secrets of a Restaurant Star, Top Chef–winners Kristen Kish and Hung Huynh, and Iron Chef Cat Cora are but a few of these individuals who are cooking up magic in the kitchen, In fact, Passport has spotlighted some incredible LGBT chefs in recent years, including pastry maestro Pichet Ong of cookbook The Sweet Spot fame, Top Chef series alumnus Anita Lo (NYC), Maria Hines (Seattle), Susan Feniger (Los Angeles), Dale Levitski (currently of Nashville’s Sinema), and NYC’s Simpson Wong.

In this issue of Passport, we introduce you to another crop of amazing chefs, from a Pacific Northwest purveyor of pastry to a nouveau Jewish deli owner. These talented entrepreneurs share their philosophies and influences, crazy customer requests, thoughts about Yelp and food blogs (which can make or break businesses today), and, especially helpful when you visit their respective cities, their favorite dining spots.

David Burke Fabric David Burke Kitchen Bacon Bar (NYC)

Featured on Top Chef: Just Desserts in 2010, Young oversees the pastry and dessert programs for New York’s David Burke Restaurant Group (www.davidburke.com), which presently boasts seven venues. Living in Manhattan with a “loving and very understanding techie boyfriend” and Cotton de Tulear dog, Pippin, Young admits that while his profession may come across as macho from the outside (“you see a lot of puffed chests and yelling”), he learned from former-boss Alex Guarnaschelli, while working at Butter, that you earn respect “by letting your talent speak for itself. Here was this amazing woman leading an all-male kitchen that hung on her every word.”

Role Models

Ron Ben Israel, the famed cake designer. He’s also responsible for introducing me to edible glitter, or ‘disco dust’ as we call it.

Favorite Local Restaurants

Little Owl The Marshal Sotto 13 Dim Sum Go Go.

His Philosophy

I have a motto, “what else can I do?” I ask myself this in all aspects of my career. When designing a dessert, does it need a cool garnish or another element? Should we give guests truffles at the end of the meal? Is there class I want to take or friend’s kitchen I can observe? There’s no substitute for hard work and self-motivation.

On Ridiculous Requests

People who stress gluten allergies throughout the whole meal and then order the chocolate cake. I didn’t know that sugar was the antidote for gluten!

Don’t you think it’s strange that you can’t write a Yelp review of Yelp itself? I think a little kindness and understanding goes a long way. We work really hard to ensure a mind-blowing guest experience from soup to nuts. We’re human, sometimes we fail and, when we do, we try and make it right. To the truly hateful and snarky reviewer, I’d like to show up to their job and see how well they rate. My guess is one star.

If I could open a restaurant anywhere in the world, it would be…

New York! I’d like to do an old-school candy shop and bar in one. Some strange mash-up of childhood and grown-up treats.

Try a Zac Young’s Monkey Bread recipe at home. Click here.

FOODE Mercantile (Frederickburg, VA)

Featured on Top Chef Season 12, Crump is co-owner of FOODE (1006 Caroline St C / D. Tel: 540-479-1370. www.foodeonline.com), pronounced foodie, and Mercantile (205 William St. Tel: 540-479-1370. www.facebook.com/mercantilefxbg ). Raised in Southern Pennsylvania, Crump developed her palate and culinary passion during stints in Los Angeles and Florence, Italy. “I learned how modest means led the Italians, particularly the women, to create the most wonderful dishes to feed their families and their communities,” she says. “Still, it all comes back to cooking honestly and using what’s in season, grown, and raised nearby.”

Role Models

Kevin Gillespie, Sean Brock, Ashley Christensen, Michael Tuohy, and EJ Hodgkinson. They pay homage to the way things have always been done and at the same time tear down walls and innovate.

Her Philosophy

Everyone should eat good food. That shouldn’t be driven by your economic status, your address, or the amount of minutes you can spare in a day. My business partner Beth Black and I knew we wanted to give our guests access to great ingredients and clean food by trained chefs, served with kindness and respect. We wanted to do it at a certain price point, paying our employees a certain wage, which means our profits are intentionally skewed lower to make room for that mission. It’s a daily struggle, and we have community support to keep us going even when the work gets the best of us.

Favorite Local Restaurants

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Yelp is like watching someone behind one-way glass—you can hear them, but you can’t say a word. That’s an honest exchange if you ask me.

If I could open a restaurant anywhere in the world, it would be…

Nashville. I just got back from visiting for a business conference and I thought it was amazing. The food scene was bananas. I’d do a modern take on soul food, using fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced as closely as I could, with a hefty shot of home on every plate.

Try a Joy Crump’s Pearl Barley Porridge recipe at home. Click here.


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