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Bread for the dead

On Mexico’s Día de los Muertos, it’s customary to offer gifts to deceased family and friends—things like razor blades and soap, to freshen up with after the journey to the underworld, and tequila and cigarettes, to relax with after the stressful trip. And, of course, something sweet to eat, like the bone-shaped breads, known as pan de muerto, that honor those no longer of the flesh. Learn more about the history and traditions of the holiday on October 26, when Luis Vázquez, a fifth-generation baker from Yucatán and the chef and co-owner of Chaac Mool will host a Mayan dinner at La Cocina, the food-business incubator in the Mission. Bread will be a focus of the night, complete with a cooking demonstration. Go and learn. Your ancestors will be pleased. $65 per person.

La Cocina
2948 Folsom St., S.F.