Food & Drink

Inspired Entertaining: The Bewitching Hour

Scare up the season’s tastiest treats for a howling good time.

Story, recipes and styling by Lon Lane & Stewart Lane  |  Photos by Jason Dailey

Witches are readying their brooms, ghouls are getting restless and vampires are sharpening their fangs. ‘Tis the season for whispering spooky stories around a crackling fire (a full moon is a bonus) while toasting marshmallows and eating wickedly delicious treats.

And since backyard fire pits are all the rage, we want to celebrate crisp nights and falling leaves with a casual entertaining experience around the modern version of the campfire. On the menu: ghoulishly good appetizers and a trio of homemade marshmallows for delish s’mores.

Our Goblin Mash Guacamole is a welcome addition to any twilight-inspired soirée (or Chiefs tailgate). Mashed avocados are mixed with fresh tomatoes and accented with lime and cilantro—and for heat, just a touch of jalapeno. A perfect buffalo wing is a thing of beauty, but no one wants to mess around with a big wing at a party. Save the hassle and make these delectable bite-size chicken chunks tossed with a tangy traditional buffalo wing sauce.

Warlock’s Shrimp Cauldron is our riff on Cajun barbecue: plump, quick-seared shrimp coated in creole seasonings, finished in a rich sauce of beer, hot sauce and Worcestershire with garlic and rosemary. Serve from a cast iron skillet with plenty of bread on the side for dipping into the irresistible gravy.

The BLT is a perennial favorite, but we increase its festive quotient by adding spiced bacon and a smoked tomato aioli. Thick slices of heirloom tomatoes, tender lettuce and toasted Farm to Market Sourdough Bread make this sandwich Not Your Mummy’s BLT.

For the sweet finale, a classic make-ahead homemade marshmallow is not only nostalgic; it also makes the best s’more you’ve ever eaten. In the fall we shake up tradition with new classics—vanilla, salted caramel or rich cappuccino marshmallows, which will satisfy your adult side and demanding inner child alike.

Beware of the spooky shadows around your blazing fire pit this October—and instead, take comfort with these satisfying dishes.

Bone appetite!

Not Your Mummy’s BLT

Warlock Shrimp

Goblin Mash Guacamole

Wicked Wings

Homemade Marshmallow S’mores

About KC Magazine’s Inspired Entertaining Experts

Lon Lane founded Inspired Occasions in 1991 and has been serving and dazzling clients in Kansas City and nationwide with his innovative and creative style ever since. Stewart joined Inspired Occasions in 2012 after studying abroad and acting as supervisory chef for the USA House during the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Together the father-and-son culinary team train and educate professional organizations and industry colleagues around the country on the finer points of well-executed catering.