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Any ideas for Oscar party food? I don't want to serve just appetizers! (We will be a group of 10 or so)

I don't want to make a baked pasta dish, it seems too typical.

At first, I was thinking a meatloaf, but then people said they didn't like meatloaf.

Then, I though of a taco/burrito bar, but that might get too labor intensive for my guests, although I am really leaning towards that because people can customize. Any ideas on how to pull this off if I decide to do that?

thanks!

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  1. Maybe a fajita bar. You can prep it all ahead of time and have the condiments ready. Then just cook the meat/veggies. If you go the mexican route, I would do some apps to start like a taco dip and other things, and a mexican style salad with creamy cilantro dressing.

    Drinks can be fun like red carpet martinis (vodka, cherry juice and grenadine garnished w/cherry)

    1. I hear you on baked pasta seeming too typical. What about shepherds pie or some kind of layered dish using polenta?

      I was also thinking of individual macaroni and cheese with assorted mix ins. A large muffin tin, with simple mac and cheese recipe, then an assortment of prepped condiments--bacon crumbles, jalepenos, tomatoes..

      1. How about a nice beef wellington? You can make a big one and slice into individual servings, or make mini beef wellingtons. Yum.

        1. Mini sandwiches? My mother does sandwiches with high-quality turkey and beef tenderloin on dinner rolls for her parties. You can customize with spreads/fixings and they are very tasty.

          1. We have an Oscar party every year. We make different food each year, depending on what movies are nominated, trying to base the dishes on either the title of the movie, the theme, a food that is featured in the movie, where the setting is, etc. Since the awards show is the focus, it's fun to have food that's kind of a conversation piece to go along with the movies featured on the show.

            That said, make-your-own bars are very practical for this kind of party. More labor-intensive for you, really, but guests love them.

            As for baked pasta, I have 2 recipes that are killer and not really "typical" if you'd like them. One is a Chicken and Pasta Gratin that uses creme fraiche and gruyere. The other is pasta, sausage and 3 cheeses (gorgonzola included) along with shitake mushrooms. So not your regular lasagne! :)

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            1. re: wyf4lyf

              Do post the recipes please.

              I have a large family gathering coming up and I've been looking at baked pasta dishes.

              1. re: Scagnetti

                Will do...I'll post each separately.

            2. Babel: Chicken Tagine on couscous
              The Departed: Boston Baked beans
              Letters from Iwo Jima: MREs & sushi
              The Queen: Baked beans on toast
              Little Miss Sunshiine: Grilled cheese sandwiches

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              1. re: evans

                Fun! I hadn't started thinking of the menu quite yet for this year. But I will keep these in mind. Not sure about two baked beans, though. Might get a little noisy. :) Definitely some tea and crumpets though!

                1. re: evans

                  Little Miss Sunshine: Waffles and Ice Cream!

                  1. re: evans

                    here's my list:

                    Babel: Mexican Wedding Cakes (one of the storylines involves the nanny going to her son's wedding in Mexico)
                    The Departed: Boston Clam Chowder
                    Letters From Iwo Jima: Saketini
                    The Queen: Finger sandwiches and Earl Gray tea
                    Little Miss Sunshine: KFC fried chicken with honey mustard dip (KFC was their first family dinner in the movie)

                    I'm elaborating more on the above list on my blog: http://singleguychef.blogspot.com

                    1. re: singleguychef

                      Very good suggestions.
                      I have been working on my list for Sunday, too. I try to use foods from the movies that have been nomiated. This year, I've only come up with grilled gruyere cheese sandwiches from Devil Wears Prada (Andy's boyfriend makes this for her, and it is mentioned another time at the end of the movie). Pretty slim, I konw, but I'm working on it.

                  2. How about a big pot of gumbo with nice fluffy rice and a good green salad. You can combine a variety of ingredients. It is rich and warm and certainly not the usual baked pasta thing.

                    1. My fajita party was a big success, despite having to keep the meats/shrimp warm. This time I've got a lot of vegetarians coming, so I'm making quesadillas, some w/ meat and some w/out: chicken/pesto/mozzarella; prosciutto/cream cheese/herb; tapenade/pine nuts/tomato/feta; mushroom/gruyere; blue/pear/pecan.

                      1. You could do fondue. It's a lot of prep, but almost no work afterwards. Plus people can eat just what they want. (I'd suggest cheese fondue because it works for vegetarians, too.)

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                        1. re: piccola

                          Fondue's a great idea, but we just did that last week, and the same guests are coming back. BTW: do you have a good way to adjust the heat? I'm using the gel sterno, and it's either too hot or too cool, and that little tin lever-thing can't seem to hit the middle.

                        2. Beef Tenderloin! You can prepare it the night before by rubbing it with olive oil, salt and chopped rosemary. Throw it in the oven at 450 (5 lbs) and it will be medium in about 30 minutes. Serve it with a sauce, Horseradish cream or gorgonzola is awesome! I'd probably make one other dish myself, like scalloped potatoes (gruyere and parmesian). Then skimp on the rest of the preparation and buy ready-made. Appetizers and finger foods from trader joe's are usually a good bet.

                          1. The taco/burrito bar is so much prep! What about pulled pork sandwiches? Roast the pork with a good rub, or cook in a crock pot. Serve with a selection of sauces served in plastic squirt bottles: a NOrth Carolina vinegar sauce, a piquant mustard-based sauce, and a smokey tomato-based sauce. Serve on buns or a selection of rolls with cole slaw. All can be prepared in advance. Also, if you have a crowd of people juggling plates in their laps, a one-handed dish is a plus.

                            1. Ribs are easy and inexpensive to entertain a crowd. Supplement with simple finger sandwiches and salad and you're set!

                              In the make your own vein that's a little out of the ordinary, I've had success with make your own sushi. It keeps people occupied, and some of my more eccentric guests have had a fine time experimenting with what can be added to a roll.

                              1. We do an "elegant" Oscar party with not your average weekday menu. I love the following chicken recipe because it can all be prepared in advance and it takes no pampering to roast:

                                Serves 8:
                                8 very large chicken breasts with skin
                                1 box chopped spinach, defrosted and WELL drained
                                1 can water chestunuts, drained and chopped
                                1 box Knorr or similar vegetable soup mix
                                1 cup sour cream (can use light)
                                1 8 oz. cream cheese softened (can use light)

                                Preheat oven to 375 - mix all ingredients except chicken to make stuffing. Make pocket between skin and chicken leaving one side attached. Divide stuffing in 8 pieces, put into pocket. Season chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder & garlic powder. Place in large greased 11X17 baking sheet, cover with foil. Bake for 30 min covered, uncover and bake 30 addiitonal minutes basting once or twice with juices.

                                We like to serve this dish with a rice pilaf with onions and mushrooms that can also be baked in the oven, roasted asparagus and usually a choclate mousse or tart.

                                1. Here's a link with menu ideas based on the nominated movies:
                                  http://www.epicurious.com/cooking/men...

                                  1. Mashed potato bar
                                    Love this for parties just do up a big pot of mashed poatoes then put out in bowls anything you think could go on MP's.
                                    People always go 3-4 even 5 times trying different combo's of stuff.
                                    and lots of the stuff you want can be dead easy.
                                    Bacon Bits - just buy the real ones
                                    Sour Cream
                                    Grated Cheese
                                    Green Onions
                                    Sala
                                    Gravy
                                    Sweet Corn
                                    caramelized Onions

                                    Depending on how much you have to spend you can get really creative.
                                    Shrimps
                                    Bernaise
                                    Caviar
                                    Crab meat
                                    Smoked Salmon
                                    Smoked Oysters

                                    Or just ask everyone to bring their fave topping, just might want to get them to RSVP what it is so that you don't get a whole lot of just bacon and Sour Cream or something.

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                                    1. re: starlady

                                      I once went to a wonderful, elegant wedding where they had a mashed potato bar. They served the potatoes in large martini glasses, and you put your toppings on the potatoes in the glasses and ate them cocktail party style. It was diving. Don't forget some gravy as a side, either.

                                      1. re: Tom P

                                        I LOVE this idea TOM P! What a spectacular way to honor my beloved potato.
                                        I am stealing your idea, and I see little shepherds pies developing in the glasses, hmmm.

                                        Or, creamy mashed potatoes swirled with fresh spinach swirled in, then with garlicky bechamel, tender bits of filet mignon, carmelized onions, blue cheese, crispy procuitto and chives. WOW what a wonderfully comforting and classy starter, everyone will love you!
                                        Another idea would be to mix in petite pois and baby onions, and top with a pat of tarragon butter. And you mentioned gravy, I have these adorable tiny gravy boats, that you could place along side to top your Spudtini!

                                        I think this idea is just wonderful, and I am organizing an event and this appetizer would be perfect to serve at the reception. I have some champagne glasses that were designed a while back, more open like the martini glass,

                                        Great job!

                                      2. re: starlady

                                        This is great....now serve in champagne glasses!

                                        1. re: starlady

                                          You can also do batches of a couple of different color potatoes. White, Yellow, Sweet, Blue....

                                        2. I usually do Spanish for the Oscars. Tapas with wines to match. This year:
                                          Starting with A Cava Bellini (with Blood orange Juice)
                                          Grilled Bread with Roasted Peppers and Anchovies
                                          Serrano Ham
                                          Olives
                                          Tortilla Espanola
                                          Wild Mushrooms with Aioli
                                          Sauteed Chickpeas with Spinach
                                          Shrimp with Garlic
                                          Lamb Meatballs with Cumin
                                          Baked Goat Cheese with Rosemary Honey
                                          Dessert

                                          Most of it is made ahead or can be cooked in less than 5 minutes. Fun and yummy!

                                          1. I think it would be nice to have international food choices because so many of the nominated films are in foreign languages, have international settings and/or are directed or star people born outside the U.S. So I heartily support the fajita bar idea or the potato bar if you have toppings that are representative of foreign lands (notably Mexico, Morocco, Japan).

                                            1. I'm making Catherine Scorsese's lasagna with the hopes of celebrating Marty's first Oscar statuette (finally!). Not only is it thematically spot-on -- if I do say so myself -- but it can be made ahead fo time and warmed up between Best Doc and Best Editing. I'd only prepare food you don't have to tear yourself away from the broadcast to tend to, or you'll miss all the fin.

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                                              1. re: fat ass

                                                What is Catherine Scorsese's lasagna recipe?

                                              2. In response to Jessica's request for Oscar party ideas, prepare a mashed potato bar with all the trimmings. Serve in champagne glasses!

                                                1. Don't mean to be a spoil sport, but theme food for movies is too weird for me. I started to do it a few years ago and then couldn't get over that some movies were gruesome (ala Silence of the Lambs) or horrifying or deeply sad.

                                                  So, in order to sidestep that feeling, we always just have a big salad, fresh chilled crab and great, crusty bread. I always make a mayo with cayenne and garlic and provide lemon wedges for those who want something on the crab.

                                                  1. I usually do a roasted sausage/peppers & onions... with a big arugula salad... Add good La Brea bakery rolls and if you prep all the veggies in advance, you're not stuck in the kitchen.

                                                    Easy.

                                                    1. If anyone reads this now....oh, how I wish I'd seen it when it was posted. Every year, I do an Oscar party. And every year, my foods are PUNS based on the title of nominated films. Here was menu for this year's Oscar bash. Enjoy, and let me know what you think at malbert0623@rcn.com:

                                                      Oscar Menu:

                                                      Appetizers/Snacks:

                                                      Babel-Ganoush
                                                      Babaganoush
                                                      “Babel”

                                                      The Dip-hearted
                                                      Artichoke heart dip
                                                      “The Departed”

                                                      The Deviled Egg wears Paprika
                                                      Deviled Eggs
                                                      “The Devil Wears Prada”

                                                      A-guac-alypto
                                                      Guacamole
                                                      “Apocalypto”

                                                      Pirates of the Carib-bean dip
                                                      Bean Dip
                                                      “Pirates of the Caribbean”

                                                      Marie Antoi-nuts,
                                                      Nuts on a Scandal
                                                      The Pursuit of Happy-nuts
                                                      Mixed Nuts
                                                      “Marie Antoinette,”
                                                      “Notes on a Scandal”
                                                      “The Pursuit of Happiness”

                                                      Cheeses Camp
                                                      Assorted Cheeses
                                                      “Jesus Camp”

                                                      Main Course:

                                                      The Queen Eliza-beef in The Good Shepherd’s Pie
                                                      Shepherd’s Pie
                                                      “The Queen” and “The Good Shepherd”

                                                      Side Dishes:

                                                      Bo-ratatouille
                                                      Ratatouille
                                                      “Borat”

                                                      Lettuce with Oil and Cream-a
                                                      Salad with Sour Cream Vinaigrette
                                                      “Letters from Iwo Jima”

                                                      Desserts:

                                                      Little Miss Sunshine Cake
                                                      Sunshine Cake
                                                      “Little Miss Sunshine”

                                                      The Good German Chocolate Cake
                                                      German Chocolate Cake
                                                      “The Good German”

                                                      An Inconvenient Ruth
                                                      Baby Ruth Bars
                                                      “An Inconvenient Truth”

                                                      Dreamsicle Girls
                                                      Dreamsicles
                                                      “Dream Girls”

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                                                      1. re: kuffpah

                                                        Can you say CLEVER? This is great!

                                                      2. I posted my PUN Oscar Menu in 2007. I forgot to post in 2008 (e-mail me at malbert0623@rcn.com if you are curious what it was). Here is my menu for 2009! Have a great Oscar BASH!

                                                        APPETIZERS:

                                                        Vicki Crostini Basil-Roma
                                                        Bruschetta
                                                        “Vicki Christina Barcelona”

                                                        The Change-Wing
                                                        Buffalo Chicken Wings
                                                        “The Changeling”

                                                        Rachel Getting Mole’d
                                                        Guacamole
                                                        “Rachel Getting Married”

                                                        The Dark Nut
                                                        Almonds (or Brazil Nuts)
                                                        “The Dark Night”

                                                        Wall-E Nuts
                                                        Walnuts
                                                        “Wall-E”

                                                        Somedog Fill-in-here
                                                        Pigs in a Blanket
                                                        “Slumdog Millionaire”

                                                        MAIN DISH:

                                                        The Roastler
                                                        Roast Beef Sandwiches (Hulk Hoagies!)
                                                        “The Wrestler”

                                                        SIDE DISHES:

                                                        Revolutionary Road-tini Salad
                                                        Rotini Salad
                                                        “Revolutionary Road”

                                                        The Range Casserole of Benjamin Button Mushrooms
                                                        Sauteed Mushroom Casserole
                                                        “The Strange Case of Benjamin Button”

                                                        DESSERTS:

                                                        Milk Chocolate
                                                        Chocolate Truffles
                                                        “Milk”

                                                        Apple Pan Doubt-y
                                                        Apple Pan Dowdy
                                                        “Doubt”

                                                        Frosted/Mixin’
                                                        Duncan Hines Cupcakes
                                                        “Frost/Nixon”

                                                        DRINKS:

                                                        Marga-Reader
                                                        Margaritas
                                                        “The Reader”

                                                        Tropic Thunder
                                                        Tropical Punch
                                                        “Tropic Thunder”

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                                                        1. re: kuffpah

                                                          wow you are creative...have a great party!

                                                          1. re: kuffpah

                                                            Amazing. I might borrow some ideas. For my party of 2. Think there may be too much food.

                                                          2. Here is my 2010 Oscar Menu:

                                                            APPETIZERS:

                                                            "An Edu-Cajun"
                                                            cajun dip 
                                                            "An Education"

                                                            "A Single, Serious Man-darin Dumpling" 
                                                            pot stickers
                                                            "A Single Man" and "A Serious Man"

                                                            "The Moussenger" feat. “The Fantastic Mr. Lox”
                                                            salmon mousse
                                                            "The Messenger" & “The Fantastic Mr. Fox”

                                                            "The Hurt Guac-er"
                                                            Guacamole
                                                            "The Hurt Locker"

                                                            “Crusty Hearts”
                                                            baked artichoke dip
                                                            “Crazy Heart”

                                                            SIDE DISHES:

                                                            "Up in the Hair"
                                                            angel hair pasta salad
                                                            “Up in the Air”

                                                            "Jolly & Julienne"
                                                            roasted julienne vegetables
                                                            "Julie & Julia"

                                                            "Incactus"
                                                            cactus salad
                                                            "Invictus"

                                                            "District Naan"
                                                            naan
                                                            "District 9"

                                                            “Freshious-paragus: Placed in a Nouvelle Dish with Saffron”
                                                            asparagus with saffron aioli
                                                            “Precious: Based on the novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire”

                                                            MAIN COURSES:

                                                            "Ava-tartare"
                                                            sushi 
                                                            "Avatar"

                                                            “The Egg Foo Young Victoria”
                                                            Egg Foo Young
                                                            “The Young Victoria”

                                                            "The Lovely Bones/Buns"
                                                            bao, chicken wings, ribs?
                                                            "The Lovely Bones"

                                                            DESSERTS:

                                                            "Inglourious Custerds"
                                                            custard tarts
                                                            "Inglourious Basterds"

                                                            "UP-Side Down"
                                                            pineapple upside down cake
                                                            "Up"

                                                            DRINKS:

                                                            "The Blend Side"
                                                            Daiquiris
                                                            "The Blind Side"

                                                            1. kuffpah----you are a genius!! what fun ideas,

                                                              1. For this special evening I always make W. Pucks famous "Chinois Classic Chicken Salad" which is always available back stage at any WP event because it's most everyone's favorite. I love this salad!!!!!!!! and so will you for it can be made to feed an Army just the way Mr. Puck does it. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I wish I could be there again this year.
                                                                My photo is attached of this great salad I make quite often. It like every other food is all about the dressing.
                                                                Chinois Classic Chicken Salad Ingredients
                                                                1 lb White meat chicken; roasted, 2 Heads radicchio; julienned
                                                                ; and skin removed, 2 c Spinach; julienned
                                                                ; julienned thin 1 Head romaine lettuce;
                                                                1 Head napa cabbage; julienned ; soft leafy green)

                                                                Instructions for Chinois Classic Chicken Salad
                                                                MMMMM--------------------FOR THE VINAIGRETTE-------------------------
                                                                2 bn Scallion; (white portion -only)
                                                                1/3 c Pickled ginger; packed
                                                                1/4 c Chinese mustard powder
                                                                1/2 c Shallots; chopped
                                                                1/3 c Honey
                                                                2/3 c Soy superior
                                                                2/3 c Ginger vinegar
                                                                2 c Peanut oil or vegetable oil
                                                                3 tb Sesame oil
                                                                1/2 c Chili oil

                                                                Garnish with fried -wonton-strips Combine first seven vinaigrette ingredients in a blender. Cover and puree for 1 1/2 full minutes. While blender is still running, slowly drizzle in the three oils until the vinaigrette is thick and emulsified completely. Check the seasoning and adjust as desired with salt and pepper. NOTE: The entire batch may not fit in a conventional home blender, so you may need to separate it into two parts. To Make the Salad Combine all cold lettuce and chicken in a large bowl. Add the vinaigrette in two ounce portions, tossing the salad in between additions until well coated, but not over-dressed. Serve out to 4 chilled plates and garnish with fried wonton. Fried wonton strips - purchase wonton skins at an Asian market. Heat peanut oil to 350 degrees and cut the skins to 1/4 in thick. Sprinkle the strips (to separate) into the hot oil and fry until crisp and golden in color. Remove to drain onto clean towel and sprinkle lightly with salt. Cool. Yield: 4 servings Converted by MC_Buster. NOTES : From Chef and author Wolfgang Puck Recipe by: Good Morning America Converted by MM_Buster v2.0l.

                                                                 
                                                                1. Here is the first draft of my Oscar Party Menu for 2011. As always, I am looking for feedback! This year, it has turned out oddly Asian themed. But it works out well, as a lot of the food can be ordered out for delivery hot and fresh just before the party begins.

                                                                  SOUP

                                                                  In-soup-tion
                                                                  hot and sour soup
                                                                  "Inception"

                                                                  ASIAN APPETIZERS

                                                                  127 Hours D’Oeuvres
                                                                  hors d’oeuvres
                                                                  “127 Hours”

                                                                  Soy ‘Tori
                                                                  Japanese yakatori
                                                                  "Toy Story 3"

                                                                  Swan-Ton/Won-Tron
                                                                  won ton
                                                                  “Black Swan” and “Tron”

                                                                  How to Drain Your Rangoon
                                                                  crab rangoon
                                                                  “How to Train Your Dragon”

                                                                  Winter’s Bones
                                                                  chinese pork ribs
                                                                  "Winter’s Bone"

                                                                  ASIAN MAIN DISHES

                                                                  The Seashell Nutwork
                                                                  cashew shrimp
                                                                  "The Social Network”

                                                                  The Town-doori Chicken
                                                                  tandoori chicken
                                                                  “The Town”

                                                                  The (Foo) Fighter
                                                                  egg foo young
                                                                  “The Fighter”

                                                                  OTHER DISHES

                                                                  Rabbit Mole
                                                                  guacamole
                                                                  "Rabbit Mole"

                                                                  --Polenta/Goat Cheese Tart--

                                                                  True Grits
                                                                  polenta
                                                                  "True Grit"

                                                                  The Curds Are All White
                                                                  goat cheese
                                                                  "The Kids Are All Right"

                                                                  DESSERTS

                                                                  The King’s Peach
                                                                  peach cobbler
                                                                  "The King’s Speech"

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                                                                  1. re: kuffpah

                                                                    Ready for 2012? Here we go!

                                                                    APPETIZERS / SNACKS

                                                                    A Soup-aration
                                                                    Soup (TBA)
                                                                    "A Separation" (I might drop this one -- foreign film and complicated to serve)

                                                                    The Brie-scendants
                                                                    Brie En Croute
                                                                    "The Descendants"

                                                                    Hu-goat
                                                                    Goat Cheese Spread
                                                                    “Hugo”

                                                                    War Horseradish
                                                                    Horseradish Dip with Crudite
                                                                    "War Horse”

                                                                    The Girl with the Rangoon Tofu
                                                                    Crab Rangoon and Tofu
                                                                    "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"

                                                                    Harry Potter-Stickers
                                                                    Potstickers
                                                                    "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2"

                                                                    Pinker, Paler, Salmon, Rye
                                                                    Salmon Mousse on Rye Crisps
                                                                    "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy"

                                                                    Hell and Guac Again
                                                                    Guacamole
                                                                    "Hell and Back Again" (Documentary Feature)

                                                                    Foot-nut
                                                                    Mixed Nuts
                                                                    "Footnote" (Foreign Film, Israel)
                                                                    MAIN DISHES

                                                                    The Tree of Loaf
                                                                    Meatloaf
                                                                    "The Tree of Life"

                                                                    Albert’s Kabobs
                                                                    Mini Beef Kabobs
                                                                    “Albert Nobbs”

                                                                    My Wok with Mandarin
                                                                    Mandarin Chinese Dish (Maybe combined with the next dish?)
                                                                    "My Week with Marilyn"

                                                                    Kung Pao Panda
                                                                    Kung Pao Beef
                                                                    "Kung Fu Panda"

                                                                    La Tuna
                                                                    Tuna
                                                                    "La Luna" (Animated Short)

                                                                    SIDE DISHES

                                                                    The Kelp
                                                                    Seaweed Salad
                                                                    “The Help”

                                                                    The Idas of Starch
                                                                    Ore Ida Tater Tots
                                                                    "The Ides of March"

                                                                    Breads-Made
                                                                    Assorted Bread
                                                                    "Bridesmaids"

                                                                    Margarine Call
                                                                    Butter Spread
                                                                    “Margin Call”

                                                                    DESSERTS & FRUITS

                                                                    Midnight in Porous
                                                                    Sponge Cake
                                                                    “Midnight in Paris” (funnier but a farther reach)

                                                                    The Tartist
                                                                    Fruit Tarts
                                                                    "The Artist"

                                                                    Rise of the Planet of the Grapes
                                                                    Grapes
                                                                    "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

                                                                    A Bitter Life
                                                                    Lemon Sorbet
                                                                    "A Better Life"

                                                                    The Iron Lady-fingers
                                                                    Lady Fingers
                                                                    “The Iron Lady”

                                                                    Extremely Lewd Inedibly Gross
                                                                    English Spotted Dick
                                                                    "Extremely Loud Incredibly Close" (I’m floundering here)

                                                                    Honey Ball (Alternate in Appetizers)
                                                                    Honey Glazed Donut Holes
                                                                    "Money Ball"

                                                                    BEVERAGES

                                                                    Pina
                                                                    Pina Coladas
                                                                    "Pina" (Documentary Feature)

                                                                    1. re: kuffpah

                                                                      Wow, you are very thorough. Your menu is awesome! See topic 829995 for more on this topic.

                                                                  2. Here comes my Oscar Menu for 2013. I am certain you have all been waiting on the edge of your seats! :-)

                                                                    APPETIZERS

                                                                    Esc-Argo
                                                                    Escargot
                                                                    "Argo"

                                                                    The Shrimpossible
                                                                    Fresh Shrimp
                                                                    "The Impossible"

                                                                    Link-in with Franks’n’ Weenies
                                                                    Pigs in a blanket
                                                                    "Lincoln” and “Frankenweenie”

                                                                    The Szechuans
                                                                    Chinese appetizers
                                                                    "The Sessions"

                                                                    Fresh Guacamole / Hitch-guac
                                                                    Guacamole
                                                                    "Hitchcock" & “Fresh Guacamole” (animated short)

                                                                    MAIN DISHES

                                                                    Lamb-iserables
                                                                    Charred Leg of Lamb on Crostini
                                                                    "Les Miserables"

                                                                    Breasts of the Southern Wild Rice
                                                                    Chicken breasts wild rice roulade
                                                                    "The Beasts of the Southern Wild"

                                                                    SIDE DISHES
                                                                    Slivered Almonds Play-bok
                                                                    Asian bok choy and slivered almond salad or Garlic Bok Choy stir fry with almonds
                                                                    "Silver Linings Playbook"

                                                                    The Cob-bit
                                                                    Corn on the cob
                                                                    "The Hobbit"

                                                                    The Master-beet
                                                                    Beet Salad
                                                                    "The Master"

                                                                    Mango Unchanged
                                                                    Mango
                                                                    "Django Unchained"

                                                                    DESSERTS

                                                                    The Life of Ban-anna Kream-ina Pie
                                                                    Banana Cream Pie
                                                                    “The Life of Pi” & “Anna Karenina”

                                                                    S’Amours
                                                                    S’more Cookies
                                                                    “Amour”

                                                                    Thrifty Dark Zeros
                                                                    Packaged Mini Chocolate Donuts
                                                                    “Zero Dark Thirty”

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                                                                    1. re: kuffpah

                                                                      Fabulous as always! I am doing an all Philadelphia menu( for Silver Linings) this year, as that is where I am from. I will have a Phila cheesesteak slider bar, I have imported soft pretzels, making bookbinder's snapper soup (with red snapper, tho, not turtle), and homemade butterscotch . Oh and some Goldenberg's Peanut chews.

                                                                    2. Here are my current thoughts for Oscars, 2014. As always, comments and suggestions are much appreciated!:

                                                                      APPETIZERS

                                                                      Caps ‘N‘ Fill-ups
                                                                      Stuffed Mushrooms
                                                                      "Captain Phillips"

                                                                      The Wolf of Walnuts
                                                                      Mixed Nuts
                                                                      "The Wolf of Wall Street"

                                                                      Guac-Her-Mole
                                                                      Guacamole
                                                                      “Her”

                                                                      Egg-ist Sausage Crusty
                                                                      Sausage Mini Quiches
                                                                      "August: Osage County"

                                                                      American Mussel
                                                                      Mussels (might turn into “American Brussel” sprouts)
                                                                      "American Hustle"

                                                                      Phyllo-mena
                                                                      Spinach Pie in Phyllo Dough
                                                                      “Philomena”

                                                                      Serving Mustard Franks
                                                                      Pigs in a blanket
                                                                      “Saving Mr. Banks” (snubbed, but got a score nod)

                                                                      MAIN DISHES

                                                                      Ne-brisket / Beef for Midnight
                                                                      Brisket of Beef
                                                                      "Nebraska" and “Before Midnight”

                                                                      Dallas Buyers Club Sandwiches
                                                                      Club Sandwiches
                                                                      "Dallas Buyers Club”
                                                                      Mandarin: Long Wok to Fry-dom
                                                                      Mandarin Stir Fry
                                                                      “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"

                                                                      SIDE DISHES

                                                                      Gravy-ty
                                                                      Gravy
                                                                      "Gravity"

                                                                      Blue Jasmine Rice
                                                                      Jasmine Rice
                                                                      "Blue Jasmine"

                                                                      12 Spears a Fave
                                                                      Grilled Asparagus
                                                                      “12 Years a Slave”

                                                                      DESSERTS

                                                                      Inside Lemon Danish
                                                                      Lemon Cakes
                                                                      “Inside Llewyn Davis”

                                                                      Frozen
                                                                      Sorbet
                                                                      “Frozen”

                                                                      2 Replies
                                                                      1. re: kuffpah

                                                                        Thank you for this!! Every year I have an Oscar party and ask people to bring food that in someway connects with a nominee. This will give my party goers good ideas!

                                                                        1. re: StaceyS

                                                                          Great menu, once again! Thanks for sharing it. I am serving all appetizers, finger foods:
                                                                          I am having gravlax appetizer, Phillips seafood crab cakes, Nebraska mini corn dogs, August sausage puffs, spinach phylo, mini club sandwiches (thanks for those last 3!). Maybe little pizzas with Herbs, 12 cheese plate, American beers, wines, champagne. Have a fun night. Robin