Out on the Town: Carlos Eric Lopez Hosts 2nd Annual Dia de Los Muertos dinner


Mexican-American portrait photographer, Carlos Eric Lopez, brought together artists and friends to for his 2nd Annual Día de Muertos Dinner Party. Hosted at the Casa De Plata estate that was designed by late Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta, the evening was a celebration of Mexican heritage and served as a platform to highlight Mexican artistry across the mediums of culinary arts, music, dance, craft and fashion.

The ofrenda (altar), designed by Mexican artist Ricardo Soltero. Photos by BFA.
Floral designer, Juan Renteria, payed homage to traditional Día de Muertos flora with a maximalist installation of marigolds and blood-colored cockscomb. Photos by BFA.

The Día de Muertos tradition is an opportunity to reflect on those lives lost, and as such, guests were invited to bring a portrait of a late family member to place on the ofrenda (altar), which was designed by Mexican artist Ricardo Soltero. 

Photos by BFA.
Stephanie Sheperd, Liat Barusch, Jedidiah Jenkins, Nicole Richie
Simone Harouche, Jamie Mizrahi

“From my earliest childhood days, Día de Muertos has always been about remembering loved ones and coming together as a family. I have a really diverse group of friends here in LA that spans East LA artists and Hollywood ‘high society’, and being able to seat this seemingly disparate group of people together at one table as a ‘chosen family’ is what the evening is all about. We’re all celebrating love, community, and unity,” says host Carlos Eric Lopez.

Carlos Eric Lopez, Miguel, Jessica Alba
Jen Atkin, Stephanie Sheperd

Guests enjoyed a multi-course al fresco dinner of Mexican fare by Chef Claudette Zepeda and cocktails while taking in multi-sensory immersive programming that showcased Mexican art, craft, innovation and music including performances by Trio Del Alma, Folklor American and Mariachi Los Reyes. To conclude the festivities, guests were gifted a limited-edition hand-painted bottle of Tequila Don Julio made in collaboration with artist Eric Mancha.

Photos by BFA.

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