A Pumpkin Carving Pizza Party

It’s that time of year again, pumpkin carving! After making our usual trek to Thies Farm to select our blank slates in which to create our works of art, we all dug into our pumpkins tonight. And since it was Wednesday, which means Supper Club, we chose something very fancy for dinner: Papa John’s Pizza. Hey, give me a break here, I was very focused on carving, I had no time to cook! So, four hours later, here is what we have:

The Geeky Pumpkins

These “emotikins” are courtesy of Katie, Kim and Monika (Monika ended up picking a rotten pumpkin so she helped Katie with one of the little guys).

Kate drew the stencil of Hellboy and then transferred it on to her pumpkin to carve. Pretty incredible. That Master’s degree is worth something, eh?

The Political Pumpkins

This is Kim’s “Barak-o-lantern.” Yes, it is one pumpkin, carved with three things. My favorite side is the one with the ghost that says “Boo.” He’s adorable! And the logos look like a pair of eyes staring into your soul, willing you to vote for Obama.

Bob’s Obama pumpkin is based on the Hope poster and looked really weird before the ears were carved.

The Traditional Halloween Pumpkins

These fun, playful ghosts were created by Katie, in the spirit of Halloween.

So, when I picked out this stencil, I didn’t think it would be that hard. Um, yeah, it sucked but I’m glad it looks like the grim reaper because I sure had to improvise.

The Odd Pumpkin

Steve and Colleen carved this adorable rabbit but it didn’t fit in with any of the three categories listed above so it’s all alone. Steve was too good for stencils and thought it was cheating, so he and Colleen drew the rabbit straight on to the pumpkin. It looks like it’s ready to breathe fire at us.

To see the rest of the photos, including my awesome cupcakes, click here.

Supper Club: The Crossing

Instead of the traditional Supper Club format, we decided to do something different last week: Bob, Katie, Monika and I went out to dinner at The Crossing for their pre-fixe menu and it was FANTASTIC!!!! For only $25/person, you get four courses plus bread and this blue cheese soufflé that was so frickin’ good (only one serving of it, if you want more, they charge you $3). Now, I’ll only be describing the dishes that I chose but if would like to know what the others had, you can ask them.

First Course: Romaine salad with gorgonzola, candied walnuts & pears. You cannot go wrong with gorgonzola and candied walnuts. I really liked this salad, it had a creamy dressing to it, similar to a Caesar dressing.

Second Course: Farfalle pasta with proscuitto and peas. Bow-tie pasta in a white sauce. Very yummy and simple.

Third Course: Roasted tilapia with warm spinach and wild mushroom wine sauce. Okay, so Monika tried a bit of my dish and actually liked it (she hates seafood). This was such a great dish, the fish was very mild and the sauce was delicious. I even ate the mushrooms, it was that good.

Dessert: Chocolate torte with vanilla ice cream. It was melt-in-your-mouth wonderful. From looking at the torte you would have thought it was like a piece of cake but when you cut into it, it was warm and gooey on the inside. I do have to say it was very sweet, so thankfully, they only gave you a small portion.

I was very pleased with the dinner and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially the Tasting menu. It’s a great way to try a bit of everything and you get quite a bit of food for $25. And for the wine lovers, definitely get the Wine Flight (that’s an extra $15, but you get a glass of wine matched perfectly to each of the first three courses). But just a warning, do not order a cappuccino with amaretto, it comes out to $12.50, a mighty price for not a lot of drink (Monika has learned her lesson). I have to say, though, we were probably the youngest ones in the restaurant and probably had the least amount to spend on such an extravagant meal, but the experience and food were worth it.