An affair to remember

Photography by Bernardo Garcia and Lauren Cynamon

Summer in the city. Fresh off a plane from Mexico City, noted chef Jair Telléz flew in flavors from Distrito Federal for Swallow Magazine's issue launch at RES—Red Hook Brooklyn's brand new art residency space brought to you by the fine fellows from Frankies Spuntino.

On a recent balmy summer evening, Swallow Magazine celebrated the release of its third issue with a hand-picked coterie of New York and Mexico City’s great and good. Descending on Red Hook’s RES, 90 guests sat for an intimate nine-course dinner prepared by Jair Téllez, executive chef of  D.F.‘s Mero Toro, and Gabriela Cámara of the city’s esteemed Contramar restaurant. Having already illustrated the sights and smells of Mexico City, Swallow Magazine logically delivered the city’s tastes too.

Among the diverse array of luminaries in attendance were James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Swallow Magazine contributor and artist Miguel Calderón, and domestic doyenne Martha Stewart. Alongside other bon vivants, these guests sampled sea scallop aguachile, sea urchin ‘vuelve a la vida,’ porgy al pastor, octopus kastakán, and Contramar’s famed tuna tostada (often copied, never surpassed)—all accompanied by mezcal courtesy of Pierde Almas—a taste of Mexico with nary a mariachi in sight.

Should interest abound, check out Martha’s recap on The Martha Blog. It’s safe to say, we got Martha’s very own seal of approval.