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Throwing a dinner party to celebrate Halloween doesn't have to be candy-laden and filled with gummy spiders. This meal imagines our shambling, shuffling guests as perfectly able to enjoy an elegant meal together, great for grownups around Halloween.
Serve complex falling off the bone ribs with natural accompaniments like a roasted cauliflower salad (it looks like brains), Spoon Bread of Bernie Lomax, and a Zombie cocktail.
- For added fun, keep your undead guests in line by cutting the ribs loudly and unexpectedly with a clean ax.
- Give guests cleaned sports coats from thrift store as zombie bibs and let them dine with their hands and wipe their hands on their lapels.
- Serve the Zombie shooters in syringes as an antidote at the end of the evening.
About the author: Helen Jane Hearn writes about creative entertaining at helenjane.com. Founder of the national cheese club Cheesewhizzes, Helen Jane's bimonthly cheese potlucks have been called "Napa's Best Parties" by Food and Wine magazine (December 2009). During the day, she runs Maplevine, a design consultancy specializing in wineries.