Cinco de Mayo is probably best known as a reminder of American ignorance. Northern-dwelling Americans, including myself, are often raised to think of this Mexican national holiday as the equivalent of Independence Day in the US (it’s actually a holiday celebrating the Mexican Army’s victory over the French in 1862 at the Battle of Puebla) and while correcting factual misunderstanding is somewhat easy, old habits die hard. That’s why we’ve thrown our good judgment out the window and made this list of great happenings on and around Cinco de Mayo.
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Though he was a semifinalist, Carlo Mirarchi won’t be in the final running for a Beard Foundation Award when they’re doled out on Monday (Maison Premiere and Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery ended up being the only North Brooklynites in the mix). But the esteemed chef-owner at Roberta’s and Blanca has something better coming his way: a new car!