Sunday, October 31, 2010


It has been a few decades since I'd carved a pumpkin, but I gave it a go. That's Shyboy Tim and Scooter Polanski in the photo above, getting ready to kick off the last Grind - Fu Cinema for the year. Watching movies with the Grind - Fu audience has been a ton of fun and we can't thank you enough for all of your kind words and support. Next year's season can't come soon enough!!

With this final blog post of my Shuffle Function Halloween Countdown I want to share with you the evolution of the Grind - Fu Cinema cake. For three years now I have asked Amber (our decorator from Hilltop Hy-Vee) if she could make us a disemboweled girl or a zombie eating brains, and she has always smiled and replied "YES!!" This year when we decided to add Se7en to our double bill I knew that we had to make a cake of Gwenyth Paltrow's head and put it in a box to be delivered to the Grind - Fu Cinema audience, just as it is done in the film.

Amber again smiled and quickly agreed to the challenge. So let's start at the beginning and work our way to the end.

The first thing Amber did was make up a quick batch of blood.

Amber than started to make some muscle and body tissues for the decapitated portion of the head. Keep in mind, everything she made is edible!

Here Amber is working on the eyes of Gwenyth, out of fondant.

Here are all of the collected body parts made of fondant the night before the cake was assembled. Vertebrae, muscle, eyes, ear, cartilage, teeth and gore.

The next day Amber began by sculpting the cake into the shape of Gwenyth Paltrow's head. I was able to snap a few shots, but I was working too!

It's come along way at this point, and when next we see it color and features have begun to to take shape. I was shocked at how fast this went.

And before I knew it, the cake was done. We just had to put it in the box, and get it to Grind-Fu Cinema for the grand presentation.

A delivery guy appeared at 7 p.m. with a cake for Grind-Fu Cinema. After a lot of shouting "What's in the box?!!!", Shyboy Tim signed for it, and we waited until intermission to open it.

Here is Shyboy Tim doing the honors with his switchblade.

Seconds after this, I sliced her up and we all enjoyed eating neck, noses, eyes, hair and trash bags! Amber did an amazing job and this cake was a lot of fun to spring on folks. I am very glad that we decided to have cake before going in to watch the film Se7en! There wasn't much of her left after we were done.

After the films everyone grabbed a hand full of candy and their complimentary Pine Scented Air Freshners and headed out into the night.

It was a great night at the movies.
Thanks everyone for a great season of Grind - Fu Cinema.


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