A Halloween Monster Feast at The Daily Planet Café

A Halloween Monster Feast at The Daily Planet Café

Posted by Kristen Baughman

Zombies and vampires and witches, oh my! Halloween is right around the corner. If you’re a fan of this spooky holiday and love science, you’re in for a real treat. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and Rocky Top Hospitality will host a three-course meal that will highlight the evolution of the culinary explanations for scary monsters and how we’ve come to view them over the years.

“There is a very often fascinating scientific explanation for many of these popular and cultural monster myths, and most people don’t realize that these explanations have a real-life basis in nutritional deficiencies and food-related abnormalities,” says Dr. Jason Cryan, Deputy Museum Director for Research & Collections. “The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is excited to offer this dinner series, merging the worlds of science and the culinary arts to educate and entertain our dinner guests. This dinner program is sure to feed your curiosity and quench your thirst for the truth behind real-life monsters!”

A Halloween Monster Feast: Discovering the Food-based Origins of Zombies, Vampires, and Witches will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 30 from 6-9pm inside The Daily Planet Café. The cost of the dinner will be $50 with a monster-themed specialty cocktail hour at 6pm. Specialty cocktails are not included in the ticket price and range from $9 to $12.

The three-course monster feast will highlight food-based monster myths. During the evening, diners can enjoy a presentation on the history of these monster myths from Dr. Roland Kays, Director of the Biodiversity Lab at the NRC, dressed in costume as a “mad” professor. Dean Ogan, Owner of Rocky Top Hospitality will create three delectable dishes and a dessert to help bring these myths to life. Courses include, Vampire Corn Bisque (red corn bisque garnished with bulls blood), Witch Duck Oyster Rockefeller (with rye and spinach topping with pumpkin hollandaise), and Walking Dead Whipped Sweet Potatoes (Heritage Farms Osso Buco whipped sweet potato, red onion and cucumber relish, and smoked paprika).

Not only will dinner be enjoyable, but I’m excited to see diners in their Halloween costumes. The diner dressed as the best zombie, vampire and witch will receive a $50 gift card from Rocky Top Hospitality. Make your reservations today and join me for this special Halloween dinner. Time to pick out my costume! Should I be a zombie, vampire or witch?