8 Chefs Reveal Their Craziest Cinco De Mayo Stories
Gearing up for bad Cinco de Mayo decisions today? You have two options: one, read this now and consider it a cautionary tale whilst pursuing your own CDM hijinks later, or two, come back to this circa your hangover tomorrow and take comfort in a little commiseration.
We tapped some of our favorite chefs for their craziest Cinco de Mayo stories, and, as you can imagine, more than one of them were tricky to extract. Protips from the pros: avoid peach cocktail, keep your clothes on, don’t say Happy Cinco de Mayo in Mexico, and if anyone ever asks you what your craziest CDM story is, feign innocence.
"Isn't every Cinco de Mayo story crazy? I'm sure there's one that involves my wild group of soccer buddies."
2.Nadia G. of Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
"I once partied with my family and my cousin tried to attack my grandmother… no, wait… that was Christmas… never mind."
"Oh, I guess the time I was the only gabacho to participate in the "Carrera Desnuda" at now defunct "Polo's Night Club" in Fort Collins, CO."
"Last year one of my chefs, Joey, had a gringo party for CDM and we had a margarita competition. I decided to get really creative and brought peach party liquor. We drank a gallon of it. The details are hazy but I know that we broke furniture, almost knocked out a window, and everyone went home having been shot by a blow dart. And all of this was before 3 pm. I had a hangover by 8 pm!"
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"I can't remember."
"I was in Mexico on May 5th about 15 years ago, the holiday is largely ignored outside of the state of Puebla. It's really a Mexican American holiday, in fact it's not a Mexican federal holiday even. Anyway I spent all day saying “happy Cinco de Mayo” to everyone and was ignored, couldn’t figure it out. Such a funny thing now when I look back on it."
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7.David Santos of Louro
"Most would involve college and lots of alcohol. But being maced by a Rhode Island cop while he blocked the door with his horse ranks up there. However those were the days of young shenanigans and debauchery. Now I look at things through a different lens and realize the holiday is more about the culture and the pride of what the holiday actually stands for."
8.Jeremy Mcmillan of Bedford Post Inn
"Not PC enough to write."