• Casco Antiguo Invokes Spirited Day of the Dead 10.24.16

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    The best of Mexican traditions come together on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at Pioneer Square’s restaurant and cantina, Casco Antiguo, for a memorable Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration! Plan on a celebration filled with feasts for the eyes and appetite.

    A special menu of food and drink is planned, ranging from $7-12, including:

    Braised Pork Cheeks with Corn Mash, Sweet Tamale w/ pineapple & raisin, & Elote with spicy butter, cotija queso & chili powder. Drink options range from seasonal tap margaritas, made fresh daily ($6), signature scratch margaritas, & Mexican Knife Fight featuring Tecate tall boy & shot of blanco tequila, $6. Returning with great fanfare is the $1 Jell-O skull shooter, a coconut & tequila Jell-O shot, molded in a candy skull.

    Since candy skulls represent departed souls on this traditional holiday, Casco Antiguo has planned a benefit showcase that features twelve candy skulls customized by local artist, which will be on display starting Oct 28 (below candy skull from Baso). On November 1st, a silent auction will be held all day with 50% of the proceeds donated to Urban Artworks; the remainder goes to each artist’s discretion. Skulls will remain on display through Thursday, Nov. 3.


    Those visiting the Cantina for Day of the Dead will also be treated to a special mural unveiling by artist, Victor Melendez. Casco Antiguo’s regularly refreshed back patio mural is a perennial favorite for regulars.

    About Day of the Dead

    The Day of the Dead is a unique holiday celebrated in central and southern Mexico on November 1 and 2. Tradition goes that the gates of heaven are opened at midnight on October 31, and the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) are allowed to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them.

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    Altstadt Oktoberfest logo

    Whether you prefer lederhosen or are drawn in by craft beer, all are welcome to celebrate Oktoberfest at Altstadt in Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square. The festivities start with an Oktoberfest Brewer’s Kick-Off party featuring four local, Oktoberfest beers on Sept. 16 and continue with a delicious run of festive food, German-style brews, and seasonal cocktails through Oct.

    In true Oktoberfest fashion, Altstadt has assembled local brewers to bring their Oktoberfest brews for guests to discover, alongside the restaurant’s authentic and housemade German fare inspired by chef-manager Megan Coombes’ experiences in Germany. The Sept. 16 Oktoberfest Brewer’s Kick-Off runs from 4-10 p.m. and will include a traditional keg-tapping, live music with Lauren Murphie and the Sodo 4 and Oktoberfest food and beverages.

    The traditional keg-tapping with Bitburger will spotlight the Benediktiner Oktoberfest beer. For $20, guests will receive a tasting mug and six tickets for German-style Oktoberfest beers from four local area breweries and one German: Seapine, Silver City (Oktoberbest and Uberfest beers), Alpine, Chuckanut and Bitburger (Benediktiner beer). Each brewery has developed a special Oktoberfest beer for the season that they’ll present at the event. Through Oct., Altstadt will offer an Oktoberfest flight with one beer from each brewery, feature the guest favorite on a special Oktoberfest tap, and design a special Oktoberfest beer cocktail that will include the guest favorite beer.

    Guests are invited to enjoy optional hearty German fare before filling that stein! Two-tiered pricing options, $6 or $10, on the Oktoberfest menu, with many continuing on the seasonal menu through Oct.:

    Dampfnudel (savory or sweet): steamed dumpling with either bacon and emmentaler cheese, or vanilla sauce and plums
    Steckerlfisch: grilled whole mackerel stuffed with lemon and herbs
    Brezel mit Obatzda: house made soft pretzels served with classic Oktoberfest paprika and cheese spread
    Rosenkohlsalat: shaved Brussels sprout and apple, herb vinaigrette, dried cranberries, candied almonds
    Gebratene Kartoffelsalat: bacon, cucumber and dill potato salad with quark
    Königsberger Klopse: beef meatballs in a caper cream sauce over braised sauerkraut

    Oktoberfest food + beer

    This is Altstadt’s first Oktoberfest Brewer’s Kick-Off, intended to be an annual affair; 21 and over only. Altstadt is located at 209 1st Avenue South, Pioneer Square in Seattle; (206) 602-6442.