Friday, October 29, 2010

It's Friday Foolery Again

It's Halloween people!  Break out the candy and your sassy costume and let's get this party started.  Did you know that Halloween has its roots in the Celtic holiday Samhain?  The Irish name Samhain is derived fromOld Irish and means roughly "summer's end" and celebrates the end of the "lighter half" of the year and beginning of the "darker half". The ancient Celts believed that the border between this world and the Otherworld became thin on Samhain, allowing spirits (both harmless and harmful) to pass through. And as the cool weather begins to set in we all begin to hibernating just a bit an seeking those warm weather treats that become synonymous with the season.

I absolutely love the ingenuity that chefs, mixologists, and home cooks have this time of year.  Like pairing wine with candy corn and roasted pumpkin seeds.  And Equinox is no different.  Simo making some Fall inspired cocktails: Handcrafted Apple-Pear Cider, Cinnamon Infused Wild Turkey Bourbon, Fresh Lemon Sour & Homemade Spice Bitters.  Tom tempting us with such desserts as Tempe Pumpkin Pudding with Ricotta Ice Cream, Toasted Pine Nuts and Brown Butter Emulsion.  And Todd always tempting us with dishes like Basil Crusted Rib Eye of Aussi Lamb w/Autumn Lentil Ragu, Carrot Coulis & Olive Jus.  Will you just stop people!  I cannot handle all these temptations!  Oh, who am I kidding?  I am so coming over to try a little bit everything.

As we delve deeper into Fall and Winter expect some more surprises.  Anything you're particularly craving this winter?

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