Halloween is a perennial favorite holiday, as it involves candy, costumes, and (often) cocktails. For those of us who don’t want Halloween to end, there’s Day of the Dead, celebrated this year on Saturday, November 1. The Día de los Muertos serves as a positive affirmation of the cycle of life and death, allowing people to reconnect with the spirits of their loved ones on the Other Side.
In Mexican tradition, death occurs three times: First, a physical death when our hearts stop beating and the space we occupy loses meaning; second, a symbolic death when our bodies are lowered into the ground and returned to the earth; and third, a final death when we cease to exist in the memories of the living. Tamayo (1400 Larimer Street – www.richardsandoval.com) on Larimer Square will honor the Day of the Dead with a special menu from Friday October 31 through Sunday, November 2. Chef’s special menu highlights include the Marigold Margarita (agavales blanco, passion fruit, orange, sour and garnished with a traditional Dia de los Muertos marigold), Sopa de Calabaza with piloncillo, chipotle, kabocha squash soup, huitacoche vinaigrette, queso panela, and Puerco Tamayo featuring achiote marinated pork tenderloin, roasted sweet potatoes, roasted tomato chipotle cream salsa, cactus pico de gallo. Wash it down with Day of the Dead Beers, amber, blonde, pale, IPA, hefeweizen and porter for $5.
Drop in to Centro Latin Kitchen (950 Pearl St., Boulder – www.centrolatinkitchen.com), where they’re celebrating Halloween and Day of the Dead from October 31 through November 2nd. Boulder’s masters of Mexican cuisine will be offering food specials all weekend long, focusing on elevated Day of the Dead fare: think Pan de Muerto, Candied Squash, Pumpkin Chorizo Tamales and Champurrado– a sweet drink made of masa, cinnamon and chocolate. They’ll also have traditional craft skulls for kiddos to bring home and paint and decorations to get you in the Dia De Las Muertas mood. Enjoy the fun while you sip on a Sophia Bonita (house infused blackberry-vanilla Cazadores Blanco tequila, a splash of fresh lime and agave, served with a fresh sliced jalapeño) or an El Gringo, Centro’s version of a Manhattan with vanilla infused bourbon, orange zest, ruby red grapefruit juice, mulling spiced syrup & a dash of Mezcal.