A Wonderful Way To Celebrate The Holidays
We are finally in the last month of the year; the weather is at it’s lowest temperatures, decorations are up, and Christmas is closing in. Christmas is a joyful time of unveiling presents and gathering with your family for delicious home cooking. However the holiday is ultimately celebrated for one day, but there is another Christmas tradition that is celebrated across Latin America for numerous days. It is ‘Las Posadas’, a wonderful tradition that has been celebrated for over 400 years. This is a nine day celebration that strongly continues today in Latin communities. The holiday may not be recognized to Westerners, but it is indeed a wonderful way to spend Christmas with your family.
Nine Days of Celebration
‘Las Posadas’ is a series of procession and parties held every night from December 16th to December 24th, leading up to Christmas Day. The nine days symbolize the “novenario”, the nine days of religious observance based on the number of months, Mary had Jesus in her womb. Posadas are usually held in neighborhoods in Mexico and is quickly becoming popular in the US. On each evening, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s difficult journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of shelter is performed, by a man or a woman, young or old.
Re-enactments and Festivities
Every evening, the re-enactment will take place at a different house as the performers dress in costume with Mary sometimes riding a donkey. The process of Las Posadas is that Mary and Joseph travel from house to house, asking each resident for shelter by singing a special song (La Cancion Para Pedir Posada). They are given permission to enter when the resident of the house sings back to them offering festive foods such as hot tamales and hot ponche. Attendants may dress as shepherds and angels, holding candlesticks and paper lanterns along the way. The ritual ends when the entire procession is in the house, giving a prayer. The rituals are often followed by Christmas carols, Christmas star pinatas for the children, and a feast.
Nochebuena and Misa de Gallo
The last day of the Posadas is Christmas Eve. On this day, families will celebrate Nochebuena (“goodnight” in Spanish). As claimed by writer Connor Adams Sheets, Nochebuena is the biggest Christmas feast for the culture, usually held in family households. The dinner often features roast pork (lechon) surrounded by plates of traditional Mexican sides such as rice, beans, tamales, and salads. The celebration of Nochebuena usually lasts until the next morning on Christmas Day. The evening’s festivities is topped off with Misa de Gallo (Mass of Roosters), a midnight mass that commemorates the birth of Jesus and based on the legend of the rooster who announced to the world his birth. Sparklers and fireworks are brought out celebrating until the dawn of Christmas morning. Christmas presents are also opened at midnight and Christmas Day is used as a full day of rest, recuperating from the festivities from the night before.
Call Us For Our Holiday Catering
We’re happy to offer great hospitality and great food for our catering services. Let us help you out with you Nochebuena or Posadas feast. Our tasty tacos, freshly homemade tortillas, fajitas, rotisserie chicken, and scrumptious salads can always come in handy whenever you’re planning a big feast. Let us supply you with the freshest ingredients during the holidays. You can arrange our catering, simply by calling us at 818-612-3875 or visit our site for more info. Whether you’re planning on celebrating Las Posadas, Christmas Day, or simply a nice winter’s day, make sure to spend it with your family and friends. Happy holidays!
El Dia de los Muertos, or, the Day of the Dead
So, the month of October is finally upon us, as is the cooling of the weather and the ever-popular holiday of Halloween. However, Halloween is not the only important holiday that takes occurs at the end of October. We also have another festival that is today celebrated across the world but originated in Mexico. It is the Day of the Dead, or in Spanish, El Dia de Los Muertos. Believed to have been celebrated in some form or another for three millennia, it is one of the oldest holidays in human history, and strongly lives on today. However, what is it?
El Dia de Los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead) is a holiday celebrated across Mexico. It starts on October 31st and ends November 2nd. It is a festival largely influenced by pre-Columbian indigenous cultures to Mexico as a means of honoring one’s ancestors. As described by the late writer Frances Ann Day, El Diade Los Muertos consists of three separate dates. October 31st is All Hallows Eve, a date in which children make altars to invite the spirits of dead children to return from the dead to visit the living. November 1st is All Saints Day, when it is believed adult spirits come to visit their living descendents. November 2nd is All Souls Day, when families visit cemeteries to decorate the graves of their loved ones. Graves are decorated in colorful ways, including flowers and marigolds, lit candles, tequila and other agave-sourced alcoholic beverages for the adult spirits, toys for the children spirits, and the favorite candy of each departed family member. In addition to setting up altars, family members will often have picnics at the gravesites of their loved ones, where they will enjoy eating their loved ones’ favorite foods. This can be difficult, for as we all know cooking for large company can be both costly as well time consuming. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to!
Introducing Day of the Dead catering at Benny’s Tacos
We are happy to announce that we at Benny’s Tacos perform Day of the Dead catering. Let us take the edge off your El Dia De Los Muertos celebration. Whether you want delicious tacos with fresh handmade tortillas, cool salads made with the freshest of ingredients, high-quality chicken, quesadillas, churros, or more, we have you covered with the freshest Mexican food in Los Angeles. Allow us to handle your Day of the Dead catering so you can instead spend more time this holiday celebrating with your family. Open every day of the week from 8:30 AM to 10:00 PM, we are always around to prepare delicious hot meals for your family and friends.
For the entire month of October (and November!), we will be offering 10% off of all catering. Simply call Benny directly at 818-612-3875 to get this special. To find out more information on our day of the dead catering service and how it works, you can visit our catering page.
We look forward to serving you!
End the Year Just RightThis month marks another end to the year. With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, it’s time to reminisce about the past year’s ups and downs, new year’s resolutions, and, most importantly, the food you’ll be serving at your annual New Year’s Eve party. Having the right type of food is crucial for any party, let alone the last party of the year, so why not go with the best type: Mexican food! Most parties usually go with the same basics such as chips, pretzels, pizza, and hot dogs. This time, if you choose to cater with Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie, you’ll have on display several amazing choices to end the year with a bang. Fortunately for you, Benny’s Tacos offers catering that includes easy-to-eat, delicious Mexican cuisine. For this blog, let’s highlight the best Mexican New Year finger foods that you must get for the big party.
Ultimate Finger Foods
One thing that is always at a New Year’s Eve bash is scrumptious finger foods. When people attend an end of the year party, they usually concentrate more on champagne and cocktails than eating elaborate dinner meals. Finger foods are simple enough where people can eat, mingle, and enjoy their glasses until the clock strikes midnight. This year, put aside the usual potato chips and dip, pigs in blanket, crackers and cheese and replace them with some homemade tortilla chips and guacamole, tacos, and quesadillas.
Try our crunchy, perfectly seasoned tortilla chips and pair it with our guacamole dip. Both are made very fresh on the day it’s ordered. Quesadillas are an easy bite layered with cheese and filled with your choice of cheese, rotisserie chicken, al pastor, steak. It’s an easy staple that made even better with a side of sour cream.
Food You Can Count On
Some New Year finger foods that you can always rely on would be our tacos. A Mexican cuisine favorite that is simple, tasty, and unforgettable. Our tacos are cooked perfectly and with our catering, you can build the perfect taco that suits your tastes. We use fresh flour tortillas and you can pick from carne asada, chicken, al pastor, shrimp, carnitas, and fish. Vegetarians won’t have to worry about FOMO (“fear of missing out”) either. Veggie eaters can relish in grilled veggies and Portobello mushrooms filled in our soft tortillas. In the end, taco eating won’t be complete without that delicious fresh salsa, cheese, cilantro, onions, beans, pinto beans, grilled jalapenos, and rice.
Gotta Have the Main Dish
Even at a party where the food isn’t at the forefront, you still want to have a main dish. Benny’s Tacos has the answer for you. Our slow-cooked rotisserie chicken is one of the best in the business; marinated with garlic & special herbs and accompanied by your choice of Spanish rice, beans, or seasoned French fries. Wrap our chicken in our homemade corn & flour tortillas for maximum enjoyment.
Finally, what’s the best finger food dessert of all time? Yes that will be those toothsome deep-fried churros, dressed with sugar and cinnamon. A quick eat and perfect dessert to your last meal of the year.
Mexican New Year TraditionsAfter party goers are finishing up their Mexican meals, be sure to remind them and yourself some Latin New Year’s Eve traditions that you can and should adapt this year. Some that will bring you good fortune would be burning candles, surrounded by lentils, beans, rice, corn, and cinnamon or throwing a bucket of water out the window. However, our favorite has to be eating 12 grapes before midnight. Instead of a midnight kiss, eating a dozen grapes will bring you good luck in the new year.
Benny’s Will Bring the Best Food to YouNow you’re thinking that maybe you won’t have time to cook and prepare all these delicious New Year finger foods we just listed, but you’ll happy to know that Benny’s Tacos & Chicken Rotisserie is a local Mexican food stop that specializes in catering and delivering great Mexican foods in bulk. Call us or visit our website to learn more about out party platters and what we can do for you.
A Different Spin on ThanksgivingSwitch up your Thanksgiving this year by having a Mexican Thanksgiving! Traditionally, Thanksgiving consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, ham, green bean casserole, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. However this Thanksgiving, you can wow your guests by sliding in items from our menu to add a Mexican Thanksgiving flare. You and your guests will be blown away at how well our items actually compliment a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
AppetizersPeople usually provide snacks ranging from pretzels and peanuts to salami and crackers. This Thanksgiving, try our nachos and supreme fries instead. With your choice of tortilla chips or French fries, you can have black or pinto beans, along with melted cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream, and guacamole. You can have the nachos or supreme fries with steak, al pastor, rotisserie chicken, chipotle chicken, or shrimp. To compliment your Thanksgiving meal with white meat like turkey, we suggest using chicken for your nachos or supreme fries. Tired of boring chip and dip? Try ordering our guacamole as the dip you can use for your chips and crackers. You can taste the richness from our guacamole in every bite. Made from fresh avocados, we splash just the right amount of lemon juice to balance the richness out. Swap the chips out for tortilla chips and your guests will be thankful for the appetizer, while they’re anxiously waiting for the turkey dinner.
SidesYour Thanksgiving sides will be even easier with side dishes from Benny’s Tacos. Instead of green bean casserole, macaroni and cheese, or mashed potatoes; try swapping the dishes out for beans or rice. Looking for something that goes well with cornbread? Our tasty pinto beans are seasoned to perfection and the texture of our refried pinto beans really contrasts with the flakiness of cornbread, creating a yummy pair. Interested in adding a little more meat to your meal? Try ordering a few of our rotisserie chicken wraps. Our wraps are created in a fresh flour tortilla with lettuce, avocado or guacamole, cheddar/jack cheese, and finished with chipotle sauce. By using side items from Benny’s Tacos you’ll be able to spend more time on the turkey and dessert, than worrying about side dishes.
Try Chicken Instead of TurkeyNot interested in cooking turkey this year (after all it takes hours to cook) or just simply couldn’t find one because it was last minute? Benny’s Tacos has you covered! We have slow-cooked rotisserie chicken that is marinated with garlic and special herbs. In fact, three of our whole chickens can be used in place of one turkey, to feed all of your guests. Our rotisserie chicken menu is a popular favorite at Benny’s with options like, whole, half, and quarter. For a holiday like Thanksgiving you might want to order our family combo with two whole chickens with your choice of two sides and a side of guacamole, garlic paste, and tortilla chips. This combo also comes with a choice of flour or corn tortillas. With so many options to choose from on our menu, you can spice up your Thanksgiving this year giving guests memorable choices like our appetizers, sides, and chicken items. At Benny’s Tacos, we pride ourselves on cooking up delicious authentic Mexican food. Any of the items on our menu will help you create the dining experience you want this Thanksgiving and your guests will appreciate the different spin this year!
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