Whether you think offal is awful or awesome, there's a good chance you'll at least be intrigued by chef James Porter's Fourth Annual Halloween Offal Dinner. If you're unfamiliar with this genre of food, offal (pronounced just like "awful") means the bits of animals -- like organs, odd parts, skin, and bones -- usually cast aside in American dining. Creepy, you think?
Well, it doesn't have to be.
It's actually a pretty natural fit for a French restaurant to do an entirely-offal dinner. French cuisine (and many others, to be fair) has a long history of not only embracing, but celebrating each and every part of an animal. Foie gras? Just a fancy way of eating liver. And dishes like le fromage de tête (head cheese) and le boudin (a type of blood sausage) are classic French offal eats.
The Halloween Offal menu will be available from Thursday, October 31 through Sunday, November 3 at Petite Maison and includes three courses plus an amuse bouche and dessert. The whole dinner plus wine pairings will cost you $65 a person. Reservations, though not required, are highly recommended. Call 480-991-6887 or visit the Petite Maison website.
And don't worry, if you just can't get into the whole idea of eating offal the restaurant will also be serving their regular dinner menu.
See the complete menu below.
Amuse flexible, fatty tissue found in the interior of bones bone marrow bruschetta | chanterelle mushrooms
First cheek, snout, ears, tongue, feet, heart housemade head cheese |spicy mustard | cornichon Chardonnay - Novellum - France
Second tongue lamb tongue pastrami | brussels sprout "kraut" | pickled mustard seeds | pumpernickel toast Côtes du Rhône - Vinsobre - Perrin & Fils - Rhône
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Third thymus gland, heart, liver, blood veal sweetbreads | beef heart | boudin noir | cassoulette | black truffles Cinsault - Domaine Faillenc - Languedoc
Dessert duck liver hudson valley foie gras profiterole | blackberry jam La Fleur Renaissance - Sauternes
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