Dinner that lets you know, "It’s showtime!"
In October, the Thunderbird team relaunched the event with a screening of Tim Burton’s 1988 classic, Beetlejuice. The event was hosted on the eve of Halloween and guests were seated with an artfully designed menu that looked eerily similar to The Handbook for the Recently Deceased featured in the movie.
“Hopefully there are food references in the film that we can run with, and then we time the serving of the dishes with scenes in the movie that are pivotal or representative of the dish that we're presenting,” said Gonzales. “The cocktails are themed around the movie, generally the name, less so in terms of design.”
Turning open the handbook revealed seven courses including dishes like the bone marrow with a beet salad (“My Little Accident”), a dry aged ribeye skewered above charcoal (“Recently Deceased”), and a trio of desserts filled with Pop Rocks, Chia seeds and chocolate goodness, named after and delivered at arguably Beetlejuice/Michael Keaton’s most iconic part of the movie: “It’s Showtime!”
“We like to have fun here and all the effort that we put into the place is done to immerse you in the film and make you feel like it's part of the dining experience,” says Gonzales. “The menus are usually designed thematically, the physical aspects during the dinner are aimed to reinforce the dining experience with the movie.”
The bar is decorated attentively with the film’s elements and iconic cult artifacts and the staff dresses up (they could almost be considered extras in the film). Guests are also invited to wear costumes and get into the evening in a full attempt to engross and immerse diners in the film experience.
“We're trying to think of everything. And it allows us to show how creative we can be in the kitchen and at the bar,” said Gonzales.“It becomes a test kitchen of sorts; allows us at the bar to test drinks for the next menu that we have rolling out.”