In addition to the ones we’ve already written about, there are numerous Halloween costume events planned. But we’re focusing on the food and drinks, as always! No tricking, just treating here:
Toojay’s: Kids eat free with the purchase of one adult entrée from today through Nov. 4. That’s for kids 12 and under on the kid’s menu only. All locations; toojays.com.
Cantina Laredo: Also on Oct. 31, this restaurant is celebrating Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) early with a specialty El Gran Gallo cocktail. The Mexican restaurant is giving this Cantarita clay cup with each drink. The cocktail includes Espolon Reposado tequila, Grand Marnier, hibiscus tea syrup and more ($12). There’s an augmented reality image on the cup that comes to life when scanned with a mobile phone. That’s something a bit different! Now through Nov. 4. 501 Silks Run, Hallandale; 954/457-7662; cantinalaredo.com
High art, good food meld in an ArtPie
If you’ve hit the West Palm Beach GreenMarket in the past few years, the ArtPie booth is bound to catch your eye. For starters, there are about 26 different little pies (mostly savory) named after all kinds of famous people: Cleopatra, Catherine the Great, Maria Callas, Lucille Ball, Billie Jean King, Ella Fitzgerald, Audrey Hepburn, Georgia O’Keeffe, Josephine Baker. These are empanadas by a different name.
Each is a small work of art, and inside each is another work of art: the combination of flavors with beef and chicken, pork, vegetarian, cheeses, sweets. The only problem is deciding which one to choose. I always buy quite a few. They keep well and are a nice, easy lunch or dinner when you pair them with a salad, for instance.
My faves right now are: the Mata Hari (chorizo, sweet onions, mozzarella, flour and Monique’s special seasoning) and the Georgia O’Keeffe (six cheeses, oregano, flour and Monique’s seasoning). Monique Font Delacroix is the creative behind the brand, and introduced ArtPies 15 years ago in her Key Biscayne restaurant. I’m still working my way down the line and am looking forward to each one. About $6 each.
ArtPies, 6732 NE Fourth Ave., Miami; 305/469-2362; artpieusa.com