Area 31, Meat Market, Quattro Gastronomia: Halloween Menus and Drink Specials For Foodies
|The "Formula 31" cocktail.|
First up, Area 31 is offering a special $6 price on a spicy Don Julio cocktail titled the "Formula 31," which combines a lime syrup made in house, with cilantro and fresh agave, and a chile garnish. They are also extending the usual happy hour with $5 drafts, well drinks and $7 Halloween bar bites created by Executive Chef E. Michael Reidt. A "Witch's Brew" is really "Smokin' Pumpkin Soup," "Franc's Beans" is a black bean stew, a spicy fish ceviche is called the "Gargoyle" and red velvet cupcake skewers are called "Haunted Velvet."
Quattro Gastronomia Italiana is offering a four-course menu, and they are really up-charging for prime real estate. Inside the restaurant the menu is $65, but if you want to witness the crazy costumes, Lincoln Road people watching will cost you an additional $20 per person. Starters include mini arancini with ham and porcini, wild mushrooms and truffle robiola cheese crostini and the Halloween theme is captured by an entrée of pumpkin gnocchi with a gorgonzola and walnut sauce. Pumpkin is also on the agenda in pie form, but classic tiramisu is always on hand for purists.
Meat Market's Sean Brasel is preparing a three-course menu, for $75 per person, no charge for the Lincoln Road storefront. Lobster bisque meets roasted pumpkin for a soup starter, while mains stick to the heart of what this restaurant does well such as a 10-ounce filet mignon with gruyere rosti, corn salsa and fire roasted chiles. A cupcake trio rounds out the offerings: red velvet, double chocolate, and of course, pumpkin. Ask for a "Witches Brew," an inventive mix of Appleton rum, fresh lemons and root beer; they are also doing a "Black Sangria" made with a base of Malbec wine and Stoli, blended with black fruits, citrus and agave.
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