Friday, October 27, 2017 • 7:00 PM
Halloween is an annual celebration, but just what does it actually celebrate, and how did this peculiar custom originate? Is it, as some claim, a kind of demon worship, or is it just a harmless vestige of some ancient pagan ritual?
The word “Halloween” actually has its origins in the Catholic Church. It comes from a contracted corruption of All Hallows Eve. November 1, “All Hallows Day” (or “All Saints Day”), is a Catholic day of observance in honor of saints. But, in the 5th century BC, in Celtic Ireland, summer officially ended on October 31. This holiday was called Samhain (sow-en), the Celtic New year.
One story purports that, on this day, the disembodied spirits of all who had died throughout the preceding year would come back in search of living bodies to possess for the next year…it was believed to be their only hope for the afterlife. The Celts believed all laws of space and time were suspended during this time, allowing the spirit world to intermingle with the living.
Naturally, the still-living did not want to be possessed. So on the night of October 31, villagers would extinguish the fires in their homes to make them cold and undesirable. They would then dress up in all manner of ghoulish costumes and noisily parade around the neighborhood, being as destructive as possible in order to frighten away spirits looking for bodies to possess.
The custom of trick-or-treating is thought to have originated not with the Irish Celts, but with a ninth-century European custom called “souling.” On November 2, All Souls Day, early Christians would walk from village to village begging for “soul cakes,” made out of square pieces of bread with currants. The more soul cakes the beggars would receive, the more prayers they would promise to say on behalf of the dead relatives of the donors. At the time, it was believed that the dead remained in limbo for a time after death, and that prayer, even by strangers, could expedite a soul’s passage to heaven. Although some cults may have adopted Halloween as their favorite “holiday,” the day itself did not grow out of evil practices. It grew out of the rituals of Celts celebrating a new year, and out of Medieval prayer rituals of Europeans. And today, even many churches have Halloween parties or pumpkin carving events for the kids. After all, the day itself is only as evil as one cares to make it.
Our Twelfth annual Halloween Party will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017.
We have booked Less Than 88 to perform downstairs in the Main Dining room and DJ Extraordinaire Mike Moore will play your favorite songs in Touche. Find your favorite costume and book this event early. We will seat the first 100 reservations downstairs and the later reservations upstairs in the Parisian Room.
You can dance in either venue, so put on your most goulish dancing shoes and enjoy a night of laughter and good times
A Complimentary Cocktail Hour 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
A fine assortment of smoked seafood, tuna tartare and paté canapes.
Dinner & Dancing 8:00 to 11:30 p.m.
Cream of Erie County Pumpkin Soup, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
A baby pie pumpkin, filled with puréed pumpkin soup, and Vermont crème fraîche, topped with toasted pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil and nutmeg.
Pinot Blanc, Albert Mann, Alsace, France, 2014
Maine Lobster Quiche, Truffle Hollandaise
A flaky pie crust, filled with savory custard made with Maine lobster, eggs, cream, shallots and Gruyère cheese, topped with a truffle hollandaise sauce.
Collio “Bianco”, Zuani, San Floriano Collio, Italy, 2014
Braised Kobe Beef Short Rib, Seasonal Wild Mushroom Sauce
Braised short ribs served in its natural juices with a jardinière of root vegetables stewed spaghetti squash, topped with woodland wild mushroom sauce.
Red “The Phantom”, Bogle Estate, California, 2013
Pumpkin Cheesecake, Caramel Sauce
A pumpkin cheesecake, served with a graham cracker crust, topped with a Chantilly cream icing, seasonal berries and finished with a caramel sauce.