With a Front Row Seat to the Freak Show, Halloween Night Haute Cuisine on Lincoln Road

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Jackie Sayet

Hot dog and mustard?  Psychotic chef?  A cluster of grapes? Food freaks were out in full force Saturday night as hundreds of thousands converged on Lincoln Road for one of the largest - if not most colorful - Halloween costume pedestrian parade in the country.

Patrons piled into sidewalk seating at the outdoor mall's eating establishments for an up- close personal view of the freak show and ate more than just Reese's peanut butter cups..

Meat Market celebrated its first anniversary with special seatings at 8:00 and 10:00 p.m. and a $75 prix fixe three-course menu for outdoor tables.  We spoke to chef/owner Sean Brasel as he and his team prepared to do a big night of about 400 covers.

Eye candy.
Eye candy.
Jackie Sayet

SO: Is this Meat Market's first Halloween?

SB: Yes because we had just opened last year on Halloween and we had no patio, so we decided to keep the Halloween influence and chaos to a minimum

SO: Tell us a little bit about the idea and how it came about?

SB:  Lincoln Road is the center of attention on Halloween, and we decided it would be fun to redesign our patio for maximum viewing pleasure to our customers.

Freak watching.
Freak watching.
Jackie Sayet

SO:  How are you bringing the holiday to life in the drinks and food?

SB:  We are doing several specials like wood grilled veal chop with pumpkin flan and cranberry demi glace, a frozen pumpkin-Vanilla ice cream root beer float with a splash of nitrogen, and a Pumpkin bisque soup with goat cheese and pumpkin raviolis.

SO:  What if you get a bunch of zombies and they demand human flesh? Or vampires and blood?

SB:  Vampires are welcome (I am one of them also) but the zombies eating human flesh need to remain on Lincoln Road.

Where's Cookie Monster?EXPAND
Where's Cookie Monster?
Jackie Sayet

SO:  Will your staff be dressed up?

SB:  No only the bartenders that way the customers can recognize their servers.  [After finishing service,] I'll be the Cat in the Hat. 

SO:  If the restaurant itself could dress up for Halloween, what would it be?

SB:  A spaceship with the fiber optic lights on the outside as well

'30s film director, sommelier, and Mae West sandwich.
'30s film director, sommelier, and Mae West sandwich.
Jackie Sayet

SO:  Is there competition among tenants to out-do each other with decorations,
candy, ect. for party goers' enjoyment?

SB:  Every place on Lincoln road has some sort of dining experience. We are just making ours in a five star fashion.

Here's the full menu for your viewing enjoyment:

Appetizers
(Choice of)

PUMPKIN BISQUE
SWEET ROASTED PUMPKIN ∞ PUMPKIN RAVIOLIS ∞ TRUFFLE

CEDAR-SCENTED HAMACHI
YUZU ∞ WHITE TRUFFLE ∞ LIME ∞ JALAPENO

CRAB AND LOBSTER CAKE
RED ONION ∞ PAPAYA SALAD ∞ TOMATO BUTTER ∞ AVOCADO

CRISPY CRAB TAIL
AJI PANCHA ∞ BABY BOK CHOY ∞ SHIITAKE ∞ PASSIONFRUIT BUTTER ∞ MICRO SHISO

KOBE BEEF SLIDER DUO
BACON ∞ WHITE CHEDDAR & FOIE GRAS ∞ MANGO MUSTARD CARAMELIZED ONION
HEIRLOOM TOMATO ∞ GRILLED ONION ∞ BASIL OIL ∞ 12-YEAR BALSAMIC ∞ SPANISH OLIVE OIL

Entrees
(Choice of)

KILCOYNE FARMS ROSE VEAL CHOP
PUMPKIN FLAN ∞ WILD CRANBERRY ∞ ROASTED WILD MUSHROOMS ∞ GARLIC

TROPICAL BRAISED 'PRIME' BRISKET
COCONUT ∞ MANGO ∞ CUBAN SWEET POTATOES ∞ WILD MUSHROOMS

KOBE SKIRT STEAK
LEMONGRASS ∞ GINGER ∞ ROASTED LOCAL CHILE ∞ POLENTA FRIES

WOOD GRILLED WILD AFRICAN PHEASANT
TAMARI ∞ BRAISED CHICORY ∞ HONEY SAUCE

SEABASS
SOY BEAN MASH ∞ WILD MUSHROOMS ∞ SWEET CORN TOMATO ∞ CONCASSÉ ∞ TRUFFLE NAGE

Dessert
(Choice of)

HALLOWEEN ROOT BEER FLOAT
NITROGEN PUMPKIN VANILLA ICE CREAM ∞ ROOT BEER ∞ VANILLA WHIP CREAM

PISTACHIO CRÈME BRULEE
PISTACHIO CREAM ∞ CANDIED PISTACHIOS ∞ CARAMELIZED PISTACHIO TUILLE 

CHOCOLATE TEMPTATION
WARM CHOCOLATE CAKE ∞ MACAROONS ∞ CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM

With a Front Row Seat to the Freak Show, Halloween Night Haute Cuisine on Lincoln Road
Jackie Sayet
With a Front Row Seat to the Freak Show, Halloween Night Haute Cuisine on Lincoln Road

With a Front Row Seat to the Freak Show, Halloween Night Haute Cuisine on Lincoln Road
Jackie Sayet
With a Front Row Seat to the Freak Show, Halloween Night Haute Cuisine on Lincoln Road
Jackie Sayet




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