Day of the Dead or Dia de Los Muertos is a yearly celebration, usually celebrated on November 1 or 2. In the Bay Area, there are a number of different events to celebrate the traditional Mexican holiday.

Thursday, November 1 (6:00-9:30 p.m.)Supper of the Souls at Tacolicious will be a family-style prefix menu with multiple seatings throughout the evening. Along with an introductory Mezcal cocktail, the courses will include empanadas and tamales, chicken with mole colorado, arroz con leche and pan de muertos. The dinner is $75 per person and some of the proceeds will benefit The Mexican Museum and Mission Cultural Center. To RSVP, contact Megan Daugherty at megan@tacolicioussf.com or (415) 626-1344. Tacolicious is located at 741 Valencia Street.

Thursday, November 1 - Copita Tequileria y Comida in Sausalito is celebrating Dia de Los Muertos with a special menu from co-owner Joanne Weir and sous chef Dilsa Lugo. Below are some of the special items on the menu for Thursday:

Ponche Cocktail

Cinnamon, hibiscus, tamarind, apple, raisins, prunes, pineapple, guava and anejo tequila

Spit-roasted Turkey and San Juan Mole Rojo Tacos

(Dilsa’s Mom’s recipe from their village of San Juan)

Guerrero Posole with Chicken

Tamales with Frijoles and Queso Oaxaca steamed in Banana Leaves

Tangerine Arroz con Leche

(Tangerines are the traditional fruit of Dia de los Muertos)

Copita is located at 739 Bridgeway and reservations can be made by calling (415) 331-7400.

Thursday, November 1 (7:00-11:00 p.m.) – Espolón Tequila is hosting a Dia de Los Muertos pub crawl in Oakland on Thursday. The fun event begins at Make Westing at 1741 Telegraph Street, with stops at Dogwwod, Pican and Luka’s Taproom & Lounge to finish the festivities. Espolón will be featuring a cocktail special at each location. The event is free of charge, the cocktails not withstanding.

Friday, November 2 (6:00/9:00 p.m.) – Soul Cocina is hosting a Day of the Dead Feast at La Victoria in the Mission District. There are two seatings, one at 6:00 and one at 9:00 p.m. There are also two different menu choices: Omnivore ($55) and Vegan ($48). Below are the menus:

Omnivore

Las Joyas

Little Gem Lettuce • Verdolaga Pickle • Cactus Pear Vinaigrette • Pomegranate • Spiced Candied Walnuts

Don Buddha

Roasted Pumpkin Huarache • King Trumpet Mushroom • Purple Potato • Radish Leaf • Pumpkin Seed • Mole Verde

Chiles en Nogada

Roasted Poblano Pepper • Picadillo • Walnut Sauce • Pomegranate

Mano Negra

Mole Negro Oaxaqueño • Albondigas de Pavo • Dark Chocolate • Queso Añejo • Pickled Red Onions • Cilantro Rice

Pato Loco

Duck Confit & Platano Maduro Sope • Mole Manchamantel • Epazote Black Beans • Fermented Cabbage • Citrus Salt

Calaveras Literarias

Milk Chocolate Pot de Crème • Fortune Churros • Persimmon

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Vegan

Las Joyas

Little Gem Lettuce • Verdolaga Pickle • Cactus Pear Vinaigrette • Pomegranate • Spiced Candied Walnuts

Don Buddha

Roasted Pumpkin Huarache • King Trumpet Mushroom • Purple Potato • Radish Leaf • Pumpkin Seed • Mole Verde

Chiles en Nogada

Roasted Poblano Pepper • Turnip Puree • Walnut Sauce • Pomegranate

Mano Negra

Mole Negro Oaxaqueño • Beet Fritters • Dark Chocolate • Squash Confetti • Pickled Red Onions • Cilantro Rice

Pato Loco

Platano Maduro Sope • Guacamole • Mole Manchamantel • Epazote Black Beans • Fermented Cabbage • Citrus Salt

Calaveras Literarias

Milk Chocolate Almond Custard • Fortune Churros • Persimmon

La Victoria is located at 2937 24th Street.

Friday, November 2 (8:00 p.m.- Midnight) – Not leaving San Francisco out, Espolón Tequila is also hosting a pub crawl in the Mission District on Friday. The event starts at Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem at 2323 Mission Street. Doc’s Clock and Elbo Room are also on the agenda. Again, special drinks at each site and the event is free.

 

 

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