We’ve all heard legends of the occult, supernatural and the macabre, but did you know that it happens in our own sleepy hollow? The older establishments of Fullerton’s downtown are teeming with them. The gruesome details are concentrated within the Villa Del Sol with wide-eyed stories of suicide, murder and mayhem having occurred when it was still the California Hotel. Built in 1922, those who work in the Spanish-inspired building tell hushed tales of unspeakable events.

Down the dark and desolate stairwell into the subterranean enclave, the lore of gore is no truer than in The Cellar. It is widely rumored that their mysterious, underground tunnels — which have been sealed off — houses a deep, guarded secret. As the sun sets earlier and the crisp night air howls, the undead will dine among us. If it doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead!

The Cellar Restaurant is pleased to announce its 9th Annual Dine with the Undead haunted dinner and show, October 29, 30 and 31. They partner again with the players of The Maverick Theater to inject levity and spirit (pun intended) into their world class setting. Halloween is a perfect occasion to  cultivate the sprite; the scandalous; and the sinister with this typically romantic and elegant rendezvous doing it up annually with camp and culinary flair.

Our favorite zombies and award winning troupe from the Maverick Theater will be on hand once again to bring frights and fun throughout. The chefs have channeled their inner spirits and conjured up a delectable four course meal with a haunted twist. Their mad mixologists have created some spooky libations from behind the bar just for the evening and a selection macabre wine will be available.  Due to limited space caused by an over abundance of ghosts, Dine With the Undead will be held on the aforementioned three separate nights.

As in the past, guests will enjoy a Halloween and harvest-inspired menu while the cast of zombies lurk and creep from far and near. This year’s dinner theatre event will feature the creativity of newly appointed Executive Chef Brent Standford who was brought on to provide a lighter take on the traditional French Cuisine that has previously limited the restaurant’s culinary scope. Featured are amusingly haunted items such as Spooky Squid Ink Risotto, Bloodcurdling Braised Short Rib, and Roasted Head of Jack o’ Lantern Cheesecake. This is not a dining experience for the weary or the faint of heart.

There has been a nagging stigma that has plagued Fullerton’s grand dame of dining for quite some time now. There are those who  presume that due to her legendary standing that she is too formal and snooty. While this assessment may have held true in the age of Golden Hollywood, these groanings have pretty much been debunked through the proprietorship of Ryan Dudley. Reserve your spots now for Dine With the Undead and you’ll soon discover that The Cellar Restaurant has finally let her tersely coiffured hair down for three nights of delirious proportions.

The dinner is offered at $59.00 per person available at 714.525.5682 orreservations@cellardining.com. Seating for the event is limited and expected to sell out early. Following the event on Halloween night, The Cellar will host its annual Halloween costume party from 9pm. The 21 and over after party is open to the public with no reservation required.   

About Maverick Theater 

Founded in 2002, the award-winning Maverick Theater is recognized as one of the leading local theaters in Orange County. Owned and operated by Artistic Director Brian Newell, the popular theater showcases a variety of theatrical performances, including long-running annual shows such as Night of the living Dead and Santa Clause Conquers the Martians among others. Always a crowd pleaser, Maverick Theater features quality production, and its own unique and eccentric flair. For more information about Maverick Theater, visitwww.mavericktheater.com

About The Cellar

Since 1969, The Cellar has pampered dining connoisseurs with its classic European cuisine, extensive award-winning wine list, crafted libations, and superlative service. Located on the basement level of Fullerton’s historic Villa del Sol (formerly the California Hotel), the romantic and elegant rendezvous was conceived, designed, and built by the same artistic craftsmen who created Disneyland’s Pirates of the Caribbean attraction. Since then it has been the crown-jewel of Fullerton, being the most truly unique fine dining restaurant in the county. Reminiscent of old Europe, The Cellar Restaurant retains all of its architectural and ascetic beauty from its early conception and building. Soft lighting, chandeliers, structured arches, cave-like walls and two cozy fireplaces evoke the feeling of being in a private house of royalty. The Cellar’s elegant surroundings inspire nostalgia of old Europe and it’s culinary excellence abounds with only the finest and freshest foods prepared in a lighter version of classical French cuisine by executive chef Brandon Stein. The Cellar is the perfect setting for a romantic evening of fine dining or lounging in the intimate Spirit Room. The Cellar is located in the heart of historic downtown Fullerton at 305 N. Harbor Blvd. Fullerton, CA 92832. Open for dinner service Tuesday through Sunday from 5:30pm with cocktail service until 2am. Wine Wednesdays feature half off pricing with every bottle. Reservations and private bookings at714.525.5682. For more information, visit www.cellardining.com

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