The second the fall breeze blows, everyone’s taste buds become instantly nostalgic for pumpkin flavors. We rush to our local coffee shops for a pumpkin spiced latte and scurry to get as many pumpkin rolls in the oven as possible. But when it comes to the extremely seasonal food, chefs and home cooks alike have been testing the versatility of their fall favorite ingredient.
Premier hostess, party planner, and founder of Between the Bread and The Crafted Cookie, is among those who aren't afraid to put the pumpkin to the test. She has developed dozens of delicious recipes that challenge the conventional ideas of pumpkin, from salmon rolled in a julienne of pumpkin to curried pumpkin salad. Aside from being delicious, pumpkin is a no-fat, low-calorie vegetable, loaded with antioxidants, vitamin A, B-complex, thiamin, and pantothenic acid, all which help your health. Combining the immense health benefits and the versatility of the vegetable, it is hard to argue with Eisen when she says every meal would be better with a little pumpkin in it.
Planning a party around a pumpkin theme has limitless potential — but aside from Halloween, what events can a pumpkin theme (and menu) work for? We’ve come up with five great events that, should they happen to fall in the fall months, would be perfect for centering around autumns’ biggest vegetable.