Celebrating Diana Kennedy’s Mexican Culinary Legacy

By Signe Hammer

San Miguel PEN is thrilled to return to in-person events with renowned restaurateur and chef Gabriela Cámara celebrating the Mexican culinary legacy of Diana Kennedy. Cámara enjoyed a long friendship with the intrepid explorer and beloved presenter of Mexico’s many cuisines. She will speak in the second-floor auditorium at Bellas Artes, Hernandez Macias 75, at 6 pm on Tuesday, January 24.

PLEASE NOTE: due to a new policy at Bellas Artes, no tickets will be available at the door. Tickets are available online at sanmiguelpen.com, at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca, or starting at 5 pm on January 24 inside Vivali Restaurant at Hernandez Macias 66, across the street from Bellas Artes. Your 200-peso ticket helps sustain the ongoing work of San Miguel PEN providing funds directly to aid Mexican journalists receiving credible death threats, supporting local literacy programs, and supporting freedom of expression in Mexico and globally by working on behalf of imprisoned writers around the world. San Miguel PEN is incredibly proud of our efforts in assisting our endangered Mexican journalists and the families of the murdered journalists. Any additional contribution would be greatly appreciated.

Gabriela Cámara became friends with Diana Kennedy in 2001 “because I was lucky enough to have her approve of me and my cooking. She liked my restaurant, Contramar, because of the attention to detail: the flavors, the simple decoration, the way we served our food, the liveliness of the place, and the good service. Diana´s complexity and greatness were all about a life dedicated to learning and admiring the small things that made a recipe, a landscape, or a sunset special. She caught them all with the extraordinary alertness of all her senses. She was a true explorer and connoisseur of details, especially in flavors and food. As she constantly repeated, ‘the devil is in the details.’” 

Restaurateur, chef, and cookbook author Gabriela Cámara grew up in the small town of Tepoztlán, Morelos, outside of Mexico City, “in an ecological house which, of course, included a vegetable garden and animals. Her 25-year culinary career began with the opening of Contramar in Mexico City in 1998. Inspired by the simply-prepared seafood commonly found on Mexico’s Pacific Coast beaches, Contramar has become a neighborhood restaurant that is beloved by locals and internationally renowned. CámaraI is also behind Entremar in Mexico City, where she recently opened Caracol de Mar, Itacate de Mar, and Expendio Durango.

San Miguel PEN is a chapter of PEN International, the organization of writers that defends freedom of expression worldwide. Your 200 pesos contribution supporting San Miguel PEN’s ongoing local and global work includes this event and a complimentary glass of wine with dinner afterward at Vivali, across the street at Hernandez Macias 66. Tickets are online at sanmiguelpen.com, at Ticket Central in the Biblioteca, or starting an hour before the event, inside Vivali. For more information, visit sanmiguelpen.com.

San Miguel PEN presents 

Chef Gabriela Cámara 

“The Devil Is in the Details: 

Celebrating Diana Kennedy’s Mexican Culinary Legacy”

Tue, Jan 24, 6pm 

In English 

Bellas Artes Second Floor Auditorium 

Hernandez Macias 75


200 Pesos Contribution