CULINARY OCCASIONS
Edible Escape: a Night of Multi-Cultural Cuisine

The Setting

Global Cuisine, Local Food

Pretty much everything at the Escape was delicious, but some of the local dishes struck us as particularly outstanding. East Villiage seasonal resturaunt and wine bar Edi and the Wolf explored the flavors of fall and the cuisine of Austria with their Fried Goat Cheese Dumplings ( served with Butternut Squash/Pumpkin Chutney and Pumpkinseed Pesto), while Marco Polo Ristorante did the same through an Italian culinary lens with Ravioli D'Anatra, a housemade Duck, Porcini and Smoked Mozzerela Ravioli topped with a creamy Buttermilk Pumpkin Sauce. The pumpkin theme was carried along elegantly by vegetarian haven The Splendid Spoon, whose Pumpkin Apple Soup paired Glebocki Farms Roasted Pumpkin and Red Jacket Orchards Apples with Saigon Cinnamon, Rosemary and Spicy Chiles. Our favorite local interpretation of global cuisine, though, was served up by Ofrenda. Their dish, the Arepa de Pato (Grilled Corn Cake with Duck Confit and a Rocoto Glaze, served with Scallion Fig Cilantro Salad and Toasted Peruvian Corn with Chili Piquin Dust) was a symphony of flavor that payed tribute to traditional Latin food while innovating creatively on the classics. Though it had formidble competition, the Arepa de Pato stood out even among the best local dishes.

HOW-TO
Spooktacular Cocktails

Scrap the vodka cran this year and whip up some of your own chillingly delicious cocktails, all suited to the costume of your choice this Hallow's Eve. Even if you aren't a cocktail guru, no need to scream...just head to one of the hot spots listed below to try some of these dangerous concoctions.

The Bloody Shine

Ingredients
2 oz Original Moonshine
3 oz tomato juice
1/2 oz fresh lemon
3 dashes worcestershire sauce
2 drops tabasco
Salt and pepper to taste
Preparation
Mix all ingredients and shake. Pour into glass and add ice if you prefer. For all you victims of foul play this Halloween, this will be the perfect pre-game cocktail to try out with your deadly friends. You might not see it on the menu, but you can ask for this hauntingly delicious drink at Lure, Hill Country, Macalleria and Cafe Luxembourg.