The Hippo


Oct 16, 2019








Spooky decor ready to turn Copper Door into a haunted mansion. Courtesy photo.

Eerie eats and events

Casino Murder Mystery Dinner
When: Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.
Where: LaBelle Winery, 345 Route 101, Amherst
Tickets cost $75, VIP $125. See
Murder Mystery Costume Beer Dinner
When: Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6 p.m.
Where: The Peddler’s Daughter, 48 Main St., Nashua
Tickets cost $50. Call or stop by the pub to purchase. See
Scary Scary Night
When: Thursday, Oct. 29,  VIP 7:30, general 8 p.m. (until about 11:30 p.m.)
Where: Copper Door Restaurant, 15 Leavy Drive, Bedford
Tickets cost $125, $175 VIP. See

Spooky suppers
Dine out, if you dare

By Allie Ginwala

There are three chances to get your monster mash on this Halloween season, including two murder mystery dinners and one Scary Scary Night.

Murder Mystery Costume Beer Dinner
“We’ve done beer dinners, but never incorporated [it] with a theater style,” said Michael Conneely, owner of The Peddler’s Daughter.
Along with Shipyard Brewing and The Majestic Theatre Company, The Peddler’s Daughter welcomes guests to a four-course meal paired with seasonal Shipyard brews and a live performance of The Last Dance of Dr. Disco.
The night kicks off with a Pumpkinhead toast, one of Shipyard’s most popular beers, which Conneely said is one of the reasons they wanted to host a Shipyard dinner in autumn.
“Fall gravitates toward their beer selection,” he said. “They go in conjunction with the fall.”
The four-course meal includes Harissa shrimp and grits paired with Little Horror of Hops, a braised five-spiced pork belly, roasted butternut squash, leeks, parsnips and fall apple compote with Monkey Fist IPA and flan with cinnamon and caramel paired with Smashed Pumpkin.
“We wanted to go little lighter on dessert [so] we went with a custard flan and then serving that with a caramel sauce and some caramelized cinnamon sugar as well,” he said. “One of the biggest things for the fall is pumpkin [beer] with cinnamon sugar on the rim, so we’ve got a take on that.”
Between courses, Manchester’s Majestic Theatre Company will act and interact with the diners amongst the tables in a performance Development Director Karen Bessette described as “James Bond meets Saturday Night Fever with a little Austin Powers thrown in” in an email.
Since the performance is set in the 1970s (and it is a Halloween event, after all), guests are encouraged to dress to the theme and come in costume.
“[This] gives them a chance to go out and have an adult night out without having to be out till 2 o’clock in the morning,” Conneely said. 
Straying from the typical beer dinners held at the pub each quarter, Conneely said these meals are a great opportunity for chefs to get creative and for regular patrons to break away from the regular pub menu.
“This is our chance to try to go off the beaten path,” he said. “When we have beer dinners [we] think outside the box.”
Scary Scary Night
Weeks before Copper Door Restaurant is set to host its Halloween benefit for City Year, piles of ghoulish and ghastly decorations filled the basement at T-Bone’s Specialty Market.
Candelabras, spiderwebs, skeletons, coffins, dolls, a black carpet and the making of zombie paparazzi are just some of the items corporate chef and marketing manager Nicole Barreira said would transform Copper Door for its first Halloween event, Scary Scary Night.
“We decided it would be a cool way to get people educated on City Year and do something fun for Halloween,” she said. “Anybody who is into a cool Halloween event, this is going to blow their socks off.”
The haunted mansion theme will be complete with a haunted photo booth, Miss Fortune Teller, live music from the band Crush and plenty of lighted pumpkins lining the walkway and zombies bumbling throughout the evening. Guests are invited to dress for costume success with prizes for the best couples, scariest and funniest costumes. 
“We definitely want to feature some classics from Copper Door as well as something cool and funky and different,” Barreira said of the evening’s menu. 
Heavy hors d’ouvres like assorted charcuterie, sweet and savory crudites and smoked salmon with crostini will be served along with apple sirloin spring rolls, ahi tuna wontons, chicken satay and cupcakes to take home in a goody bag. Funky items like witch finger cookies, cake pops and white chocolate bark will also be available.
Casino Murder Mystery Dinner
Building on last year’s successful gangster-themed murder mystery show, this year the Front Door Agency will present a Casino Murder Mystery Dinner at LaBelle Winery.
“We decided to adopt a casino [theme] because we’re holding it on a Tuesday evening [and] we have full reign of LaBelle, the whole facility, so to take advantage of all that we decided to bring in some gaming machines,” Lucie Bryar, media relations manager for The Front Door Agency, said.
Craps, roulette and a blackjack table will be open for guests to play before sitting down to enjoy an original show from Boston’s Mystery Cafe.
“The audience participates,” she said. “They’re going to be invited to put together some clues and solve the mystery.”
Packing a lot into one evening, Bryar said appetizers and gaming will precede the three-course dinner served by LaBelle Winery, all aiming to be wrapped up by 9 p.m.
“It’s a night to come out, have some fun and support the work we do to prevent homelessness in the Nashua area,” she said.
Noting that the dinner takes place on a weeknight, Bryar said the attire is business casual so folks can head over right after work. However, she said, if someone did come dressed as Elvis, he wouldn’t be turned away. 

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