In honor of the Detroit Institute of Arts exhibition, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, local restaurants and bars have created specialty dishes and cocktails to celebrate the lives of these renowned artists. The DIA invited area restaurants and bars to develop specialty cocktails and dishes with Rivera and Kahlo in mind. Several popular venues responded, ranging from the well established to the brand new.

Detroit Industry, east wall - Michigan Fruits and Vegetables, Diego Rivera, 1932-33, fresco


“El Poco Querido”, a cocktail made with colorful ingredients, inspired by Kahlo’s masterpiece The Wounded Dear. It is light, delicate, sweet and a bit bold, made with Espolon tequila, shaken and served in a classic short-stemmed glass with an edible flower garnish. The drink pays tribute to the legendary pelea de gallos (fighting cocks) and Rivera and Kahlo’s sometimes heated relationship. 1428 Gratiot Ave., Detroit | 313-782-4378


El Asador Steakhouse

Pork in yellow moleguajillo chiles, tomatillos and the leaves of hierba santa. Poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo or cheese, chicken pipián, (güero chiles, pumpkin seeds, almonds or peanuts). 1312 Springwells St., Detroit | 313-297-2360


El Barzon

Traditional Oaxacan mole negro (black sauce)—three types of roasted chiles, sesame seeds, chocolate, raisins and almonds, peanuts, and cloves served over turkey legs. 3710 Junction Rd., Detroit | 313-894-2070


El Zocalo                        

Frida Fridays—every Friday a different entree taken from the cookbooks and notes of Frida Kahlo will be featured. 3400 Bagley St., Detroit | 313-841-3700

Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo wedding photograph


Fourteen East

(Extended hours on Friday nights to serve evening exhibition visitors) Mexican spiced hot chocolate whisked with a molinillo. Lime pie with a crust made of Marias Almond Polvorones, traditional Mexican cookies. 15 E. Kirby St, Detroit | 313-871-0500


Gold Cash Gold                              

Frida’s Blue House—Lunazul Blanco tequila, fresh cucumber and lemon, blue curacao. 2100 Michigan Ave., Detroit | 313-242-0770


Las Cazuelas Grill

Diego’s Mole Poblano—chile ancho, roasted peanuts, chocolate, roasted pumpkin seeds, black pepper, garlic and salt. 4000 Livernois Ave., Detroit | 313-996-5529


La Feria

Red: the color of passion, the color of communism, the color of love. La Feria, heralding from the country of Spain where the color of red is equally revered, pays tribute to the spirit and energy of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera through tequila and tapas draped in red.

Sipping tequila—Corralejo Reposado.

Cocktail—La Pasión De Frida, an invigorating mix of Corralejo Añejo tequila, tamarind, freshly squeezed lime and lemon juice and a splash of Maraschino water.

Tapa—Papas Arrugadas con Mojo: red skinned potatoes with a red bell pepper and garlic salsa. 4139 Cass Ave., Detroit | 313-285-9081


Rock City Eatery

Panzón + Friducha—pan seared tongue, ash-baked beets, radish, avocado, pickled corn, dill and cilantro served with a shot of Cabresto tequila (choice of silver or gold). 11411 Joseph Campau Ave., Hamtramck.


Traffic Jam and Snug

Mixiotes — tender chicken marinated in guajillo chiles, garlic, onion, cinnamon, tequila, thyme and marjoram, steamed and served with potatoes and corn tortillas. Garnished with traditional accompaniments including avocado, pineapple and house pickled onion and habanero peppers. This dish hails from Rivera’s birthplace, Guanajuato, Mexico. 511 W. Canfield St., Detroit | 313-831-9470


Union Street

“Ode to Detroit Industry”—made with Del Maguey Vida  Mezcal, Chartreuse Green, Luxardo Maraschino liqueur and fresh lime elegantly presented in a martini glass.

“La Casa Azul”—Mexican hot chocolate trifle made with luscious layers of chipotle-chili-spiked chocolate cake and cinnamon pastry cream topped with fresh whipped cream and candied jalapeño.

Chiles En Nogada—poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo covered in walnut-sherry cream sauce and sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. 4145 Woodward Ave., Detroit    313-831-3965

The DIA has also created the pop-up eatery, Azul to accommodate expected crowds when the museum’s cafeteria and café are full. Azul offers light Mexican fare, Mexican beer and margaritas. | 313-833-7971.