Holiday Hodgepodge: Las Posadas at La Urbana, Lunch at Le Colonial

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The veranda at Le Colonial. Photo courtesy of Le Colonial.

The Mexican tradition of Las Posadas commemorates the journey of Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. It is typically celebrated December 16th through the 24th. ~LA URBANA~ is honoring this festival of community and hospitality in their own way, by hosting guest chefs each evening during the traditional Las Posadas dates. In addition, 5 percent of the proceeds from every tasting menu sold will be donated to a local food bank. The dinners will be seven courses, and guest chefs include Melissa Perfit of Bar Crudo on Tuesday December 16th, Cyril Bermond and Michelle Hernandez of Le Dix-Sept Pâtisserie on Wednesday December 17th, and Shawn Naputi of Prubechu on Sunday December 21st. It will all culminate in a special menu from La Urbana’s chef, Julio Aguilera, on Wednesday December 24th; get all the details here. The dinners are $65 per person. They are expected to sell out, so call to reserve soon.

On Friday December 12th and 19th, ~LE COLONIAL~ will be open for a special holiday lunch from 11:30am-2:30pm. The space is perfect for taking a break from downtown shopping or other busyness. The more casual service will include dishes like a soft-shell crab and pomelo salad with yogurt vinaigrette, and pan-roasted salmon with a sweet chile glaze. 20 Cosmo Pl. at Post, 415-931-3600.