The query about savory and sweet pumpkin tastings this season reminded me of two reports last season that got me excited, although I didn't end up partaking during the short windows. Not wanting to miss out this year, I followed up by calling both establishments today, so here's the pumpkin 411:
CETRELLA in HMB
Details not posted on their website yet, but for the rest of this month, they will be offering a 3-course prix fixe featuring pumpkin from Sun-Th. Cost is $29.95 and is offered all evening on those days. My shorthand notes of last night's menu as read by the reservationist:
Sugar pie pumpkin and chestnut soup with truffle-infused creme fraiche
Pan-roasted Long Island duck breast with hash of pumpkin and duck confit, roasted fennel, and cider reduction
Pumpkin spice ice cream (yum!) with ginger molasses cake (double yum!)
The woman who answered the phone was very friendly, although it was hard to ask lots of questions since their phone lines were ringing non-stop. FYI: Website says they were just voted #1 restaurant in the country by Sante magazine for restaurant professionals, FWIW. Not sure if the menu will be changing during the offer, but if I'm served the above menu, my pumpkin dreams would be fulfilled. Doesn't hurt to doublecheck for the night you want to go, and be warned, the pumpkin festival is this coming weekend!
Needless to say, I made a reservation in a couple of weeks. Questions: How is their selection of wines and bubblies by the glass? How is the quality of their fruits de mer platter? For the regular menu, do they generally execute seafood better than meat or otherwise?
RAMEN HALU in San Jose
Of course, it was Melanie's old post on pumpkin noodles at Ramen Halu last yr. that got me interested. I spoke w/ a man whom I think might have been the owner, and he said he wasn't sure if they'd offer the pumpkin noodles again this yr. He said that if they do, it will be around Halloween, so probably the last week of October. I encouraged him to do so. If anyone gets an update, please share! Thanks.