Nuevo Latin cuisine makes its official debut at Universal Studios CityWalk on Wednesday, May 5, during the Cinco de Mayo soiree, which also serves as the Latin Quarter's grand opening (363-5922), and continues through May 12.
Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. at CityWalk's plaza stage, with vignettes by the famed Ballet Folklorico de Mexico, Aztec dancers and mariachi bands. At 9 p.m. the Latin Quarter opens. Bring lots of cash -- the shows are free but entrees can reach $30. The menu includes upscale temptations such as "fillet of corvina" served in a banana leaf ($16.95). There are cocktails representing 21 Latin American countries, including the Brazilian sweet-and-sour "mojito" with lime juice and sugar-cane liqueur; and the Chilean "vina del mar," with perfumed apple schnapps and pineapple juice.