From Houston to New York, celebrate the new "Star Wars" film with these inspired food and cocktail menu items.
The force is strong among The Last Jedi fans, which is why big chains and local establishments alike are hosting special celebrations for those looking to take their love of the Star Wars universe beyond the movie theater. Featuring fun activities like trivia, cosplay, film screenings and even themed food and cocktail menus, these parties are a sure fire way to revel in the true power of the light and dark sides during opening weekend. If you’re looking for a way to expand your own Star Wars celebration, here are six places around the country whose The Last Jedi-themed food and drink menus are worth checking out.
Similar to their special event menu for Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere, Alamo Drafthouse has released its Last Jedi-inspired space-menu of unique dishes, snacks, and cocktails. The menu will feature dishes like the hearty butternut squash, kale and sweet potato Scavenger Stew and Roasted Nerf Strips, which are chile-marinated beef sirloin, skewered and roasted, and served with fried garlic and spiced peanuts. You can also grab a Supreme Leader shake, a blend of dark chocolate ice cream, cayenne chile, raspberries, salt and whipped cream. You can visit Alamo’s website to see if there’s a theater near you.
Kings Dining and Entertainment
If you stop into any of this upscale bowling alley chain’s locations in Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, North Carolina or Tennessee between Friday, December 15 and Sunday, December 17, you can enjoy a large cocktail menu inspired by the Star Wars films. Kings is letting guests sip on drinks like “Did It All for the Wookiee,” a Kahlua, vodka and sweet cream cocktail garnished with mini marshmallows and chocolate sauce, “Vader-Ade”—a mix of vodka with lemon juice, strawberry and raspberry puree that’s rimmed with black sugar—or “Rey of Sunshine,” a raspberry vodka, pineapple juice and bubbles drink. Other cocktails include the Blue Skywalker, The Dark Side, Storm Trooper, Yoda Soda, and Princess Leia.
Now through Sunday, December 17, this Chicago brewpub will have a meaty menu of Star Wars-themed dishes that have been appropriately paired with a selection of beers. That includes the Brualki Brisket, a dry-rubbed brisket with a quick Korean braise at the end, that’s topped with grilled greens and features a roux gravy, sesame kale, tempura carrots and potato rounds on the side. It’s best paired with the Märzen-style lager Onyx Delta. Alulu Brewpub will also serve a Gamorrean (Beef) Tenderloin and Hutt Guts, a Korean barbecue-marinated pork belly sandwich.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
While Disney’s new Star Wars theme park isn’t slated to open until 2019, you can celebrate The Last Jedi in true Disney style thanks to Hollywood Studios’ Star Wars: Galactic Nights event in Orlando. Held on December 16, guests who attend the celebration can enjoy Lightsaber churros, Wookiee-inspired shrimp and chorizo skewers, and Tatooine Bisque. Special beverages will also be available, including the watermelon lemonade Jettison Juice which will come with a miniature Death Star glow cube. For those having trouble deciding on which menu item to try, there will be a "Galactic Tasting and Viewing" sampler package that features alcoholic drinks.
The Fountain Bar
If you’re looking for a more relaxing way to appreciate the latest franchise installment, stop by The Grove’s newly opened space in Los Angeles for a pair of Star Wars inspired cocktails. Guests can choose between “The Dark Side” or “The Force” cocktail, both based on The Fountain Bar’s custom gin and tonic menu. “The Dark Side” includes Plymouth Navy Strength Gin, Fever Tree Indian Tonic, and three dried red chile peppers, and when you sip it, the cocktail turns red.
Meanwhile, “The Force” features both Kendrick’s Gin and Fever Tree Mediterranean Tonic served with a pipette of cucumber juice that, when squeezed, turns the drink bright green—the color of Luke’s newest lightsaber.
If you happen to live in Houston, you can stop by either Cane Rosso’s Montrose or The Heights locations to get in on this all out taste celebration taking place December 14. As part of its Last Jedi event, this Texas-based Neapolitan style pizza restaurant will be offering customers menu items like the three-cheese C-3PO pizza (a play on C-3), a Ham Solo pizza and Death Star ravioli featuring ravioli in the shape of the battle station. For the 21+ crowd, the special drink menu will feature Red 5 and Cloud City cocktails, with Noble Rey Brewing Company's "Yub-Nub" beer, an imperial sweet stout brewed with coffee and caramel, on tap.