Photo from ExtremePumpkins.com.
Some local restaurants and bars are putting on some Halloween-themed events, here’s a partial lineup for ya:
Tomorrow, Wednesday October 27th, La Cocina is hosting a Día de Los Muertos cooking class. Chef Luis Vazquez, owner of Chaac Mool, will focus on making traditional Day of the Dead breads like pan de muerto. Guests will leave with a sampling of breads that they made, and dinner and drinks are included. $65. 6:30pm-9pm.
(Since we’re on breads, for you Italian-types who honor Ognissanti on November 1st and Il Giorno dei Morti on November 2nd, Emporio Rulli is making a tasty Lombardian pan dei morti in honor of the holidays, with pine nuts, orange peel, raisins, and almonds.)
Ace Wasabi’s Rock n’ Roll Sushi is hosting a Halloween costume contest on Saturday October 30th (5:30pm-11pm). Join them for dinner and let the staff judge your costume before heading out. The best dressed will win sushi gift cards (1st place: $500, 2nd place: $250, 3rd place: $100). Winners will be notified the next day.
Pisco Latin Lounge is having a Halloween pre-party on Saturday October 30th (6pm-12am). Come dressed in costume and you could win one of several prizes, including a $200 tapas party for you and your friends.
Sushi Ran is hosting a pumpkin carving contest on Saturday October 30th (2pm-4pm). The chefs and managers will decide a winner and will give out a $100 gift card to an under-16 winner, and a $100 gift card to a 16-and-over winner. All pumpkins will be displayed at the restaurant for the Halloween parade the next day. Need more info? Email here.
On Sunday October 31st, Heart Wine Bar in the Mission is hosting Flesh and the Devil, a “sexy speakeasy event” with obscure wines, affordable passed bites ($3-$7), jazz, blacked-out windows, and password-only entry (you also have to be dressed in costume). There will also be a costume contest and classic horror films projected on the walls. 7pm-11pm. (Pssst, wanna know the password? I got the exclusive for ya: it’s “Hyde Park.”)
Also on Sunday October 31st, Heirloom Café is hosting a supper club with an optional dress theme (Gatsby-1920s), a Champagne hour with gougères, a Dixieland trio, and a particularly scary menu, including boo-rata (fresh mozzarella) and persimmon salad; turkey and bacon meatloaf with sweet potatoes; and a dark chocolate-pear-frangipane tart. $50 per person, including tax, gratuity, and a Montaigneu toast (6pm-7pm, sparkling wine hour). Deep discounts at the cash bar on cellar wines; no corkage fee for old bottles of wine.