Day of the Dead 2016 Menu

For this year’s Day of the Dead celebration, Chef Zach Wingold is bringing back some old favorites and, of course, reinventing traditional Mexican cuisine. Inspired by Mayan history and created with local Virginia products, this menu is a must-try! Day of the Dead is Tuesday, November 1st, but these dishes will be available beginning Friday, October 28th.

Guacamole De Calabaza

Calabaza is a loose term for a large winter squash that resembles a common pumpkin. It is typically made into a sopa (soup), mixed into tamale dough, or simply roasted or stewed.

At Casa Del Barco, we are using local pumpkins from multiple farms including Brandywine Farms and Chesterfield Berry Farm. The pumpkins will be roasted until tender and mixed in with ripe avocado, freshly cut oranges, and house candied spicy pumpkin seeds. We debuted this guacamole at last year’s Day of the Dead celebration, and it was such a hit that we’re bringing it back. Don’t miss your chance to try this Fall Sensation!

Turkey Carnitas

You don’t see a lot of turkey on Mexican restaurant menus, but turkey is actually one of the most commonly used meats in ancient Mayan cuisine. The Mayans domesticated wild turkey, which made it a more sustainable meat to use, over chicken, beef or even pork. 

With the holidays approaching, turkey comes to mind and pairs very well with seasonal root vegetables like sweet potatoes. This reinvented and modernized traditional Mayan dish is rich in color and flavor. This one just might get you excited for Thanksgiving just a few weeks away.

Pan De Muerto

This dessert is a play on a traditional, colorful bread that is baked as part of the Day of the Dead celebration. The bread, along with lit candles and drinks, is placed in cemeteries on family members' altars and headstones to nourish the Dead after their long journey home.

Eduardo Dawson is a baker at La Sabrosita Bakery in Richmond, VA and has developed a pan de muerto just for Casa Del Barco, inspired by the authentic Mexican recipe used for many years.

At Casa, we are taking the pan de muerto to the next level by adding seasonal ingredients like candied local pumpkin, pomegranate, and dulce de leche gelato.

Celebrate Day of the Dead with us from Friday, October 28th until the actual holiday on Tuesday, November 1st! Try Chef Wingold’s innovative menu items, special cocktails, and have fun at our selfie station! Enter to win a $25 gift card by posting your photos to Instagram and mentioning #casadelbarco. A winner will be selected daily, so share your photos and check Instagram each day from Saturday to Wednesday!

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