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  • steph p Apr 22, 2005 07:48 PM
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hi all,

i'm looking to do a communist themed party. need menu suggestions for feeding the proletariat.

thanks in advance.

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    babette feasts

    Red beans and rice?

    1. Everything red.

      1. Steph, I don't see the theme being that dark. After all, communism was just a social experiment that failed.(Like bussing.) My suggestion is Borscht with Russian Vodka served in Ice Tea glasses at room temperature. One, and only one, guest gets Caviar while the others serve him. (And it must be a him.) The most attractive woman is sold to the Caviar diner while the others clean your house/apartment in exchange for fresh bananas and oranges. After the party you all go to Goodwill to buy a new party outfit for the next get together. It should be fun, and if not, an interesting experience for the most attractive woman of the group.

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        1. re: Leper

          This sounds great, except that there were no bananas and oranges under the communists. Wrong climate. One should really use apples and carrots instead for authenticity.

          There were some bananas and oranges - seen only by the lucky few- in eve of socialist days when Soviet Union started to exchange guns for food with the third-world countries. But that was really after the Communism has faded into an oblivion.

        2. Depends how authentic you want to get and whether you are you doing the Communist masses or Communist bosses party.

          (1) For the masses: thickly cut rye bread, whole pickled cucumbers and chilled vodka served in large juice or water glasses (8-10oz). Use newspapers for placemats-tablecloth (sort of like English Fish and Chips are served). Herring Fillet on Rye bread, whole boiled potatoes in their skin, not peeled (you can add herbed butter on the side). Borsht. Poor man caviar - eggplant or mushroom. Whole red radishes with sour cream dip. Buckwheat groats with mushrooms as a main course or cabbage rolls with sour cream.

          For dessert - cottage cheese stuffed crepes with jam sauce or donut holes with jam.

          If you can find metal mugs (the kind you see in the camping gear stores) and matching plates - you are all set.

          (2) For party leaders: Chilled vodka in shot glasses, caviar on buttered white bread (not toasted) (you can use salmon roe from a sushi store and serve it on boiled egg split in half, sort of stuffed egg fashion since black caviar is heinosly expensive). Mushrooms en cocotte. Small open face sandwiches with smoked salmon, roasted pork, etc. If you want a soup course - make a fish soup or serve consomme with tiny meat or mushroom stuffed pies.

          Chicken Kiev or Beef Stroganoff for the main course with fried potatoes and green peas.

          For dessert - Napoleon (mille feuille) or eclairs.
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          Serve cranberry juice for non-drinkers or make your own cranberry-based drink (alcoholic or not).

          I do not think it is horrible to hold a communist themed party, by the way. Communist-themed art is in all the galleries, and I do not see Nazi art on displays much.

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          1. re: guest

            That's all bolshoiski for the Russian Communist Party. But what about the euro-communists (Italy, France), and England? What about the Canadian, and the (outlawed) American? And of course the evil-axis-ed North Korean and the state-capitalist Chinese? Don't you guys know your history?

            1. re: Richard
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              Caitlin McGrath

              Communist Party's not outlawed in the US. It's still going.

              1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                My cousin who lives in Western Brittany has been called an Unrepentant Stalinist. She has never got over her heady days at the London School of Economics and some years ago retreated to the depths and I mean the depths - 20 miles from the tiniest village - to a farm where she raises all her food including meat - lamb, duck, chicken, rabbit plus renounces television and she has never given up the idea of the Great Ideal. I have pointed out that Stalin has been dead 50 years, but I don't think she knows yet. To keep on point: her servings of food are at best, sparse in keeping with the 5 year plan I think. She would serve one boiled egg for lunch plus a slice of toast and some apple sauce. Drink is kind of frowned on.

              2. re: Richard

                Just a simple majority rule - sheer numbers make Soviets (as in Soviet Union cotrolled territories) the largest Comminust group.

                Also, I wish I could, but I really do not know enough about Cuba let say to make suggestions for Cuban-communists style party. Those guys did not really encourage foreign travel despite all the rhetoric about International Union of Proletariat.

                1. re: guest

                  In terms of majority numbers, I'd think that China still tops, even though it is now technically socialist..still many many communist loyalists.....in this case, how about a few small dishes from the late Chairman Mao's hometown? He grew up in Chengdu province and they have fabulous food!

              3. re: guest

                sugar, lumps of fat, vodka from the bottle and boiled cabbage as a special treat.

              4. Cuban tapas, Chinese dim sum, Vietnamese spring rolls, Russian blinis for appetizers. All served, naturally, on little red plates! :)

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                1. re: mingerspice

                  No caviar with the blinis... ;-)

                  1. re: mingerspice

                    Maybe little red plates with little yellow stars (biscuits/blinis cut with a cookiecutter)?

                    1. re: nooodles

                      I throw 2 "communist" parties a year.

                      The first is a Mojito Party around the summer solstice. We have Cuban food.

                      The other is called the "Russian Party". We have it on December 21'st(Longest night of the year). We drink ice cold Vodka as we sit around the coal fire. I also turn off the heat in the house. We play one cd of depressing musice from the 40's. I serve Borsht from an Iron Kettle and have some perogies in crock pot.

                      We tell deprssing stories and get smashed!

                      Link: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/libera...

                      Image: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/libera...

                      1. re: nooodles

                        Ooooh...you could use starfruit as a garnish on the red plates!

                    2. First you stand in line for 10 hours.....

                      1. Do you have canned meat?

                        1. Watch the film Goodbye Lenin. There are some nice food and comunism related moments in there. IMDB link below.

                          Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0301357/

                          1. Authentic from communist-era Czechoslovakia:

                            Aperitif - Becherovka liqueur if you can get it, but vodka will do

                            Appetizer - small slices of baguette-style bread topped with seriously mayonnais-y potato salad and garnished with a slice of salami, a slice of boiled egg and a slice of sweet pickle arranged just so (=actually tasty, if rather filling)

                            The main course should be (measly portions of inferior) meat and starch. A few general principles:
                            - Make sure to garnish everything with small piles of soggy pickled or canned vegetables arranged along the plate's perimeter
                            - Prepare two essential sauces (cooked) and pour them on whatever you serve - guests' choice of one or other, rest remains the same. Make sure the sauces don't have any spice in them, or much distinguishable flavor, except they CAN be salty. These two sauces form the backbone of every dish, and they are:
                            1) The Universal Brown Sauce (UBS), essentially thickened gravy devoid of flavorings
                            2) The Universal Red Sauce (URS), which can be colored with sweet paprika or canned tomato paste or ketchup.

                            Both need to be watery, so they don't really coat the food, instead forming a large puddle in the center of the plate. They can be served with thin, tough slices of cooked-to-oblivion meat (pork or beef - cook first, slice later), ideally boiled. Sice dish: overcooked (make sure it's really mushy) pasta, but preferably some kind NOT made with durum wheat - that never gets the 'right' consistency.

                            Dessert - canned fruit with lots of whipped cream.

                            Coffee - instant. That's the classy type.

                            Drinks - I'd recommend beer (really the prole's favorite drink). Pilsner Urquell was the "expensive" beer back then, only for special occasions. A good alternative would be Czechvar. Many of the other beers imported now are newer (post-Communism) brands.

                            Wine - absolutely not. But cheap Russian and Polish vodka, Jaegermeister liquor, and Becherovka are all fine choices.

                            Decor - please, red carnations are a must. No other flowers permitted, but do use red cloth on whatever surfaces you have. If you want to go an extra step, cover a styrofoam board with red crepe paper or cloth, hang it on a wall and pin to it a solemn message to your guests in yellow letters, perhaps with a portrait of Lenin to the side.

                            The poster below is great. It says:
                            "Alcohol Leads Backward,
                            to capitalism, not forward to socialism".

                            Maybe *that's* what did it...

                            Image: http://www.plakatovani.cz/images/plak...

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                            1. re: Sir Gawain

                              Yes, red carnations - how could I forget. Absolutely, a must for decor. But large, individual flowers one per stem, not the field type.

                              1. re: Sir Gawain

                                Very funny.

                                Might I add that you should turn off the hot water in your home and make everyone take showers.

                                T

                                1. re: Sir Gawain

                                  What about the heavy-as-lead bread dumplings and over-boiled potatoes?

                                  1. re: Liz

                                    Several reasons why that's not a good idea...

                                    1. Those dumplings are pretty labor-intensive.
                                    2. They are still around - nothing to do with communism. They were around before that, too. Although they shouldn't be leaden - but not feathery-light, either. Anyway, I will always defend dumplings as a non-communist food.

                                    Overcooked potatoes might work though - be sure to leave on the gray spots and "eyes"... (I'm back in my grade school cafeteria and it's 1978...)

                                2. Vodka with caraway seeds, fermented for months in the freezer (maybe for next year's party?).

                                  1. Had a russian/soviet history class all those years ago and as I recall, a favorite of the restaurants in the big cities was to have just a huge menu. Page after page of wonderful dishes for you to order. Problem was, they only had a couple of meals you could actually order - the server would just say they were out of it for everything else. You could make an extensive menu, but ignore it and serve whatever.

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                                    1. re: muD

                                      Also, and this was a specialty of the Soviet Union, restaurants would close during lunch hour for staff meals. 12-1pm you couldn't get in - staff had to eat.

                                    2. Raw garlic and vodka. A Ukrainian thing I believe. Just eat raw cloves and sip the vodka--it's shockingly good. Vodka was a Ukrainian brand (I don't remember which) and around $12/bottle.

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                                      1. re: cheyenne

                                        holy cow, that's hardcore.