Saturday, March 2, 2024



The raucous gourmets at Cuisine en Locale are experts at pairing. Certainly also of food and drink, but in this case the important pairing is of meals with entertainment, and meals with holidays.

Fresh off a film-themed fungi feast, the Somerville site will host a two-day Mexican Days of the Dead/Dias de los Muertos event with musical accompaniment by Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys.

The band is perfect for the Days of the Dead, a holiday that has spread from Mexico to celebrate deceased loved ones. Like a New Orleans funeral or a wake, it turns mourning into a party, and Walter Sickert & The Army of Broken Toys maintains a playfully ominous tone. You’ll never enjoy a sense of foreboding and doom as much as you will when you dance your way through a set performed by Sickert’s dark circus of happy freaks.

Saturday’s $40 package includes a full buffet of Cuisine en Locale’s award-winning Mass Mex dishes: mole made with Taza Chocolate, Stillman Farm pulled-pork verde, housemade pain de los muertos (bread of the dead), and much more. The dinner buffet starts at  6 p.m. with a traditional mariachi band and breakout performers as entertainment. At 8 p.m. there’s a full-scale performance by Sickert and the Toys, and the event ends at 1 a.m.

Sunday’s event is an all-you-can-eat taco noon brunch and 2 p.m. Sickert matinee for $25. The event ends at 4 p.m.

Children under 12 get in for $10.

The events takes place at Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville. Information can be found on the business’ calendar.