When: Sun., Sept. 21, 5-10 p.m. 2014
Doña Tomás (5004 Telegraph Ave., Oakland), one of the Bay Area’s grand dames of California-inflected upscale Mexican cuisine, is celebrating its fifteenth birthday this Sunday. It’s only appropriate that the Temescal institution would commemorate the occasion with a full-blown Mexican quinceañera, complete with live music (courtesy of Hector Lugo and his band) and, of course, plenty of food and drinks. The $15 cost of admission includes a selection of small bites (including carnitas tostadas, quesadillas with rajas and corn, sopes with achiote shrimp and pickled onions, and assorted ceviches) and the restaurant’s signature (and quite potent) house-made margaritas. Traditional quinceañera attire — think ruffled tuxedos and poofy ballgowns — is optional, but strongly encouraged.