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Dia de los Muertos at La Cocina in Port Townsend, Washington

In the charming coastal town of Port Townsend, Washington, the enchanting aroma of Mexican cuisine mingles with the crisp autumn air. La Cocina, a local Mexican restaurant, has become a beacon for those seeking a unique and unforgettable Dia de los Muertos experience. This annual event, curated by the talented Chef Lissette Garay, is a celebration of life, culture, and culinary artistry, offering a three-course dining extravaganza paired with exquisite beverages.

As you step into La Cocina on this special evening, the ambiance immediately transports you to the heart of Mexico. The restaurant is adorned with vibrant marigold flowers, captivating sugar skulls, and intricate papel picado banners. The setting is not just visually stunning; it’s an immersion into the soul of Mexican tradition.

The Dia de los Muertos Dinner at La Cocina features a carefully crafted menu that reflects the culinary diversity of Mexico. Chef Lissette Garay, with her skillful blend of traditional and contemporary influences, invites diners on a delectable journey. The three-course meal offers an array of elevated bites, each carefully selected to tantalize the taste buds.

First Course: Calabaza en Mole Amarillo con Pollo

For the first course, guests are treated to the rich, velvety flavors of “Calabaza en Mole Amarillo con Pollo.” Tender pieces of chicken are delicately enveloped in a vibrant yellow mole sauce, accompanied by succulent pieces of roasted calabaza (pumpkin). The complexity of the mole, with its blend of spices and chiles, is expertly balanced with the sweetness of the calabaza, creating a symphony of flavors that dance on the palate.

Beverage Pairing: Margarita de Marigold

To complement this exquisite dish, the “Margarita de Marigold” is served. A vibrant and tangy margarita infused with the essence of marigold flowers, this cocktail is a tribute to the traditional marigold offerings on Dia de los Muertos altars. It’s a refreshing and zesty accompaniment to the rich mole flavors.

Second Course: Tacos de Pescado a la Talla

The second course, “Tacos de Pescado a la Talla,” showcases the coastal influence of Mexican cuisine. Grilled fish, perfectly seasoned and garnished with fresh herbs, rests atop handcrafted tortillas. The delicate flavors and textures evoke the essence of the sea, creating a harmonious union of land and water on your plate.

Beverage Pairing: Mezcal Sunrise

This course is thoughtfully paired with a “Mezcal Sunrise.” A smoky twist on the classic Tequila Sunrise, this cocktail features artisanal mezcal, a touch of orange liqueur, and fresh citrus juices. It’s a reminder of the diverse and captivating beverage traditions of Mexico.

Third Course: Tres Leches Pastel

For the grand finale, guests are treated to a luscious “Tres Leches Pastel.” This classic Mexican dessert is a sponge cake soaked in a trio of milks and crowned with a delicate dollop of whipped cream. The dessert is a sweet indulgence, a fitting ending to a memorable meal.

Beverage Pairing: Horchata Nightcap

Completing this exceptional dining experience is the “Horchata Nightcap.” A velvety horchata cocktail, delicately spiced and sweet, perfectly complements the richness of the Tres Leches Pastel.

La Cocina‘s Dia de los Muertos Dinner is more than just a meal; it’s a sensory journey that celebrates the beauty of Mexican culture and cuisine. The three-course culinary extravaganza, thoughtfully designed by Chef Lissette Garay, coupled with exquisite beverage pairings, is a testament to the rich traditions and vibrant flavors of Mexico. It’s an evening of elevated bites, mouthwatering cocktails, and heartfelt celebration in honor of the Day of the Dead.

Join the festivities at La Cocina in Port Townsend, and let your taste buds and spirits be enraptured by the magic of Dia de los Muertos.

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