Winter is coming.
If you’re a fan of the wildly popular HBO series “Game of Thrones,” it’ll be here on Sunday. But don’t take refuge in your living room. Head to the South Sound’s very own Castle Black, aka Thornewood Castle in Lakewood, for a season finale party.
The event, organized by Seattle’s Lucid Lounge, will feature Westerosi cuisine, “Thrones”-inspired beverages, lawn games, a reproduction of the painful-looking Iron Throne, and a 110-inch HD TV to watch the broadcast on.
The party is the brainchild of Lucid owner David Pierre-Louis. He’s been hosting GOT viewing parties at his University District lounge all season long.
“After the opening night, I thought, ‘I want to throw a party at a castle,’” he recalls. “It was wishful thinking.” But an Internet search produced Thornewood Castle. “I called them the next morning.”
The castle on American Lake was built more than 100 years ago by Tacoma banker Chester Thorne from parts of a 500-year-old castle in England. The 27,000-square-foot Tudor Gothic mansion is privately owned and used as a bed and breakfast and for special events.
Pierre-Louis is a big fan of the show and can quote lines from it. “One of my favorites, from Tyrion: ‘I am not questioning your honor, I am denying its existence.’”
Given that “Thrones” is a fictional TV show based on a series of fictional books by George R.R. Martin, what exactly is Westerosi cuisine? Pierre-Louis said his chef has created a “Thrones”-inspired menu including Dothraki roasted goat, Dorne chickpea paste and olives, Pentos/Braavos/Mereen sweet-and-spicy chicken wings, North roasted onions in gravy, South sallet of herbs and flowers with sweet vinaigre, King’s Landing cheese-and-onion pie, and several desserts.
Zillah-based Two Mountain Winery has created a spiced wine using Pierre-Louis DICUL spiced vodka, and Seattle’s Odin Brewing Company has concocted a special “Game of Thrones”-inspired beer for the party. They’ll also be serving mead, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic, and other drinks.
Additionally, there will be lawn games and an opportunity to sit in an Iron Throne – whether you’re a Stark or a member of House Lannister.
"People will be able to take pictures on it,” Pierre-Louis said. One would hope Joffrey won’t be there.
Craig Sailor: 253-597-8541