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La Calenda takes its name from a Oaxacan parade that traditionally kicks-off weddings, graduations and other community celebrations. True to its festive inspiration, the restaurant is a cheerful gathering place that fosters a spirit of togetherness.
With the culinary program led by Chef de Cuisine Kaelin Ulrich Trilling, La Calenda combines traditional food and fixtures in a family-friendly environment. Drawing on fresh and artisanal ingredients, and employing traditional cooking methods, the restaurant features dishes from Chef Kaelin’s native Oaxaca while casting a glance across a range of Mexican regional cuisines.
La Calenda marries its menu with an ambitious beverage program, punctuated by a full-service bar specializing in tequilas and mezcals, beer, and local wines selected in partnership with the Mexican-American Vintner’s Association (MAVA), a nonprofit association in Napa Valley that partners with Latino vintners and winemakers. La Calenda also offers a number of wines from Mexico, including varietals from the Valley of Guadalupe and the Santo Tomás Valley.
With a colorful collection of accents, the restaurant’s design and decor provide a fitting backdrop for the cuisine. To create La Calenda’s visual identity, Thomas Keller Restaurant Group’s VP of Branding and Creative Development, Laura Cunningham collaborated with Los Angeles graphic designer Jesse Rodriguez-Cabrera on the logo and other graphic elements, and Dallas-based event designer Todd Fiscus to create the interiors, sourcing textiles, furniture and tiles from traditional craftspeople in Mexico.
La Calenda is a place for all occasions, accommodating everything from planned celebrations to casual sit-down dinners, drinks at the bar and last-minute take out meals.