Happy Halloween, everyone! It’s my favorite holiday, so I’m a happy camper today.
Every year that we’ve been together, Matt and I have attended Phantom’s Feaste at the Kansas City Renaissance Festival. It’s a pre-Halloween, “R-rated” interactive dinner theatre production with a different theme every year. This year, they echoed the theme they did in 2009: Feaste of Frankenstein! Per their website:
Join us for the thrilling and blood-curdling Feaste of Frankenstein! Only 150 guests each night will be invited to pass through the Castle gates, past the Fountain of Blood, and along the torchlit path to the Laboratory of Castle Frankenstein. The Good Doctor wants to share his latest scientific achievements along with a six-course meal prepared by the castle chef. Enjoy the food, the drink, and the bloody spectacle that has been prepared for those brave enough to attend. The Creature isn’t completely finished, but with your help, he will be ready very soon. You’ll be screaming “It’s alive!” before the evening is out! The horror of Victor Frankenstein’s monster is just beginning…
As I said last year, one thing I LOVE about Halloween-time is that it gives me an excuse to don certain clothes and accessories that I only rarely get to wear anymore.
Anyone who knows us (or has seen some of our wedding photos!) knows that Matt and I are still goth kids at heart.
The event begins at dusk.
After darkness falls and we’re led through the haunted fairgrounds, we arrive at the theatre tent and are greeted with water, wine, and hot apple cider…
…as well as warm dinner rolls.
The [always delightfully gory] play continues as we chow down on our multiple courses.
Just like last year, we’d called ahead and asked for a vegan/plant-based dinner, and Chef Frank outdid himself once again. Instead of a boring deli-meat-and-cheese appetizer platter, we got this plate of awesomeness, which included (clockwise from top) crackers, blanched green beans, mixed marinated olives, celery sticks, capers and dried cranberries, baby carrots, red grapes, and a bowl of black bean-corn-roasted red pepper hummus. SO GOOD!
Next, we received a broth-based tomato-basil soup, whereas everyone else’s was cream-based.
Frankenstein’s monster came alive right about then!
The soup was followed by a small palate cleanser of cranberry-lime juice.
Everyone else had roast beef and mashed potatoes for their main course, but Matt and I got greens beans with truffle sauce (!)…
…and spaghetti with marinara sauce and steamed vegetables.
The non-vegan dessert was chocolate fudge cake with white chocolate drizzle. I did have several bites of this, and it was fantastic.
But Chef Frank also prepared us another dessert: sliced strawberries (including some chocolate-coated pieces) with slivered almonds. Yum!
It was another devilishly delightful and frightfully fun Phantom’s Feaste. I already can’t wait until next year’s!
Are you doing anything fun for Halloween tonight?