Tucked about 15 minutes inland from the port city of Ensenada in Baja California, Valle de Guadalupe is Mexico's emerging wine growing region. With about 100+ wineries producing world class vintages, the “Valle”, or The Valley, as the locals like to call it, the region has been on the radar of every food traveler. Cheese makers, olive oil producers, animal raising farms, produce farms, winemakers, craft breweries, the prestigious seafood bounty of Baja waters, there is no wonder Baja is a chef's dream come true. And where chefs enjoy creating amazing dishes, that's where we love to be!
Chef Javier Plascencia, one of our favorite chefs in Baja, has decided that one way of celebrating his 30 years of culinary experience in Baja California, will be to create a culinary feast like no other. Under an impressive 100+ year old oak tree, Chef Plascencia set up a summer pop-up with an 8 course progressive meal, inspired in Baja's ingredients and terroir, and available pairings with selected wines from the region. “The Animalón experience is the definition of my cuisine. Using only Baja ingredients, my mission is to pay homage to local producers, and the lifestyle of Baja,” says Chef Javier Plascencia.
Event Design by Marianna Idirin’s Creative Director Marianna Idirin was invited to be part of the project, and the entire team loved the idea from the very beginning! "I decided to create a unique restaurant decor, that would complement the concept and the essence of this fantastic pop-up restaurant with open-air dining setup and kitchen in a truly incomparable location," explained Marianna. "In the spirit of Animalón, I decided to combine styles, to create a warm ambiance with earthy vibes, add dimmed lights, I dressed tables with natural linens and hand-made ceramics, combined with robust yet still elegant leather chairs, all in order to complement the natural setting, and the spirit of the true Baja culinary event guests are about to experience at Animalón."
Animalón offers a unique taste of Baja California. From the location to the setup, decor, and food and wine; from tactile to sensory pleasures, from incredible flavors to opulent aromas, Animalón is an experience everyone should try.
You can visit Animalón until the end of Fall. For reservations and more information about Animalón, please visit their website here.
Photos via Animalón and Life and Food.