It may be called Day of the Dead, but Craft & Vine’s upcoming celebration is just that: a celebration.
“Day of the Dead is about honoring friends and family who are no longer with us,” explained Megan Thrash, operations director of the Frog Hollow Restaurant Group, which owns Craft & Vine. “This is the perfect way to celebrate.”
This will be Craft & Vine’s third Day of the Dead celebration. They began the tradition shortly after opening and found that people were looking for a place to celebrate the holiday in a more refined fashion. Yes, there will be drinking (Chambong, anyone?), but it’ll be in a much more relaxed atmosphere, simply because of the nature of the restaurant itself.
“Craft is sort of what you want to make it,” Thrash said. “You can come in for drinks before a show or stay for dinner and cocktails to make a night of it. That’s why we don’t take reservations. It’s difficult to gauge how long our guests are planning to hang out.”
And the last thing the Craft & Vine staff will do is rush you out the door.
“If you come in with a group and have friends join you later, we’re happy to pull up a table to accommodate growing parties,” she said. “Here, if you’re comfortable, go ahead. The more the merrier!”
The mood at Craft & Vine will probably be a little more animated than normal during the restaurant’s Day of the Dead celebration based on the Mexican holiday’s tradition of flowers, food and beverages. Photo booth props will be available for guests to enjoy as well as both happy hours; one from 5-6:30 p.m. and then again from 10 p.m. until close.
Chef Sean Wight will offer food specials, including a chile relleno with rabbit mole and his take on a chocolate churro for dessert. The bar, in addition to their happy hour specials, will offer three themed cocktails all night for $5 each.
The Brujería features El Jimador Tequila, Mezcal, cayenne-citrus syrup, chocolate milk and a chocolate sugared rim. The Redrum includes Plantation Rum, grapefruit, Dubonnet Rouge and Cherry Herring. The Smashing Pumpkin has Blade & Bow Bourbon and house made pumpkin syrup.
Thrash describes the last drink as “fall in a glass” and says the bar staff has a great time coming up with (and tasting) themed cocktails.
“We like to create approachable cocktails. It’s the best way to introduce guests to something they may not be familiar with,” she explained. “Our recipes make flavors more friendly for people who maybe don’t drink bourbon, scotch, or gin. It’s all about the love and the time they put into creating these drinks.”
That care extends to the restaurant, where Thrash said the staff has had fun creating an atmosphere befitting this celebration of life, food, fun, and friends.
Day of the Dead Celebration
Craft & Vine
Friday-Saturday, October 28-29
5 p.m.-1 a.m.