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Your Guide To Cinco de Mayo
Jenna Polito | Photo: Justin Lewis | May 3, 2013
It's not all shots and combo platters. Here are eight ways to celebrate.
For The Sophisticate: In addition to its regular menu, Bocanova in Jack London Square will be serving a special prix-fixe dinner on Sunday evening. Drinks like the Michelada—a Mexican cerveza prepared with lime juice and assorted sauces, spices, and peppers—complement traditional Mexican fish ceviche, whole roasted pig, and avocado ice cream sandwiches.
May 5. Sun., 4pm—9:30pm. Prix-fixe menu $28 per person, exclusive of tax or gratuity. Bocanova, 55 Webster Street, Oakland, 510-444-1233
For the Epicurean Taco-Tequila Fiend: Join Tacolicious on Sunday for the third annual Hecho en San Francisco, an event billed as “not your typical Cinco de Mayo party”. Sample handmade tortillas from La Palma filled with braised meats or market vegetables, or indulge in more curious treats, including Sweets Collection’s "artisan" jello-shots and edible insects from Don Bugito’s snackeria. Try hands-on cooking opportunities like tortilla pressing and make-your-own salsa stations, then seek out the volunteers selling raffle tickets. You may just win an expenses-paid trip for two to visit Casa Noble distillery in Jalisco, Mexico.
May 5. Sun., 1pm—5pm. Tickets $55 per person. CUESA’s kitchen in the Ferry Building, South Arcade, 1 Sausalito, San Francisco
For The Whole Family: The organic produce delivery program Farm Fresh To You is hosting a Cinco de Mayo celebration at its farm in Yolo County on Saturday, May 4th. Plant tomatoes, harvest strawberries, and take-in a tortilla-making demonstration. Looking to extend your stay until the 5th? Reserve a campsite in their fruit orchards at this Eventbrite website or on the day of the event.
May 4. Sat., 5pm—11pm. Tickets $15 through Fri., May 3, or $20 at farm on event day. Capay Organic, 23800 State Highway 16, Capay
For Anyone Who Wants To Get Out Of Town: Head down to the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company’s casual, come-as-you-are venue for a coastal party. Sip a Mexican Drop-chata, a mixture of Rumchata, Patron XO and Mavericks Chocolate Porter while listening to live music from Caribbean salsa band Manteca. Gaston Alfaro will be cooking up smoked salmon tacos, prawn tostadas, and seafood fajitas.
May 4. Sat., 9am—close, Manteca playing from 7pm—10pm. Half Moon Bay Brewing Company, 390 Capistrano Rd., Half Moon Bay, 650-728-2739
For the Recovering Partier: Nurse a hangover with Puccini & Pinetti ‘s “pasta nachos,” made with sausage, Serrano chilies, and mozzarella cheese. The nachos are part of a $10 Sunday special that includes a bottle of Corona.
May 5. Sun., Nachos served 11:30—close. Puccini & Pinetti, 129 Ellis Street, San Francisco, 415-392-5500
Bonus Rounds: On Sunday, Steins Beer Garden & Restaurant in Mountain View will be serving $5 margaritas and sangrias from 1pm to 4pm. In the Mission, stop by Elixir for $8 Herradura margaritas and $6 El Jimador Blanco tequila shots, or go to Blackbird in the Castro for their tequila twist on the traditional Bramble cocktail ($9).