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"seven deadly sins" dinner ideas

Last season, top chef had a seven deadly sins dinner. I thought was great and the food looked really good. I want to host my own seven deadly sins dinner and I was looking for any ideas. A while back, I remember chowhound having a discussion about what we would make if presented with this challenge and I recall a lot of great suggestions. Alas, the thread has seemed to disappear--obliterated in cyberspace. So I am asking for your help once more... What would be a good idea for the following sins: (included is what the contestents made)

Wrath--Sam: Spicy shrimp cevieche with chili pepper popcorn
Greed--Cliff--Seafood Boullabaise with a Thai Green Curry Broth
Envy--Michael: Trout and Salmon with Aspargus and a basil alioli
Pride--Elia: Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables
Lust--Marcel: Cherry Tart topped with Cherry foam and Cherry gelee
Sloth--Betty: and a trio of soups in wineglasses
Gluttony--Illan: Rich chocolate cake with funnel cake and a cream anglaise

I saw L'Explorateuer had a sins dinner and it looked even better! I was thinking oysters for lust, perphaps a crown of ribs for pride (or filet mingon or a porterhouse) and i liked the idea of envy being an amouse bouche...yet im not sure what to make. I thought that some kind of dish with prawns and baby shrimp would be a good envy dish but I've never seen anything that incorporates the two. But dont let my suggestions influence you....what would you make if you were preparing this kind of feast? What foods for what courses and why?

lol i had a thought of doing a 1/2 pound burger for gluttony but then nobody would eat anything else!

I look forward to your suggestions!

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  1. Sorry this strays far from "gourmet", but at least it's memorable:

    Wrath--Korean soon dubu (soup with liberal dose of hot pepper paste)

    Greed--Something very tiny, so you want more ... maybe a single homemade crisp or cracker with caviar

    Envy--Find out what each guest loves, and serve that to the person next to him

    Pride--"Tall food" with elaborate garnish

    Lust--Absolutely an oyster - don't forget the Tabasco

    Sloth--Franco-American canned spaghetti, straight from the can, cold ... in a disposable bowl, with a plastic fork ... a paper towel would be a great napkin

    Gluttony--If you've made it to this course, anything at all is an example of gluttony. Save this course for your very best, as contrast.

    Don't forget absolution -- finish with a really excellent dessert wine, or if you're eager to go down in your friends' memory forever, brandy and cigars for everyone.

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    1. Forgive me for my totally cheesy idea, but I think the "envy" dish should be something delicious and green. Ya know...green with envy!!!

      Thank you, thank you...I'll be here all night.

      1. Heh...just a thought for sloth. Crackers and E-Z cheese. An amusing contrast to the rest of the fantastic spread!

        1. We did a thread on this last year after that TC episode. Here ya go!
          http://www.chow.com/topics/356977

          Hopefully, you can get some ideas!

          1. I love this idea. I think the suggestion above about serving everyone's favorite dish to his/her neighbor (for envy) is brilliant, even if impractical.

            Some other ideas:

            Wrath: Anything made with grapes (Grapes of Wrath). Concord grape juice? Or, anything either spicy or flambe.

            Greed: Each guest is given a dish and told it's the only one and they're not to share. In reality, the dishes are all the same (or you can do something slightly different to each, such as a salad with a different color flower on each).

            Envy: I like the earlier ideas about something green or everyone’s favorite dish next to them.

            Pride: Depends on the crowd. I think instantly of the “pride parade” (e.g. gay pride), and would do something rainbow if it were my friends. A rainbow of fruit, etc. Alternatively, you could have something guests assemble themselves from a spread of ingredients, and give each one a minute to talk about what they put together and why it’s so great.

            Lust: Ripe fruits (mango, banana, cherry, strawberry, etc) dipped in chocolate.

            Sloth: “Sorry,” you tell the guests, “there is no sixth course. I was too lazy to make it.”

            Gluttony: Anything you make that you can double in size. Pancakes the size of your biggest pan? Or, a giant serving of something. Bowls of pasta served with enormous serving forks rather than eating forks?

            1. I love this idea for a dinner party. In fact, I may do this pretty soon.

              Envy is the tricky one. I was thinking of doing a duo of beef -- a nicely seared tenderloin paired with a White Castle.

              1. Hi all
                I have just thought of carrying out a 'Come dine with me' (english programme about a group of strangers entertaining) with a group of friends of mine.
                I thought of using the seven deadly sins theme not only using food but also the situation.

                Envy : Having only half of each type of desert for the guests. Thus creating envy of the other persons desert....

                Greed: Poss a second desert offered to the envious people

                Lust: Yes Oysters sound great

                Wrath: Thai red Curry

                Any other solutions....??

                1. Pride has to be a rack of lamb. Probably crowned.
                  I think Envy as an amuse bouche is a good idea, I'd probably go for a brocolli and stilton soup in a shot glass with 3 asparagus tips.
                  Wrath could be my idea of a 'candied chilli', dipped in sugar syrup. But not too hot.
                  Greed I'd envisage as a crispy crackly belly of pork
                  Lust.. I like the oyster idea, but maybe moulles mariner would be a little.. nicer? And I'd also lean towards strawberries if you fancy having 2 desserts because;
                  Gluttony absolutely has to be chocolate gateaux in my mind
                  Sloth, I may have scanned the top post because brandy popped into my head. Maybe with some cheese, but I pictured som oppulent bewiskered men lounging in a chair with their brandy.
                  And Envy, I did read the first post, and I have to say that logistically it's a nightmare, but that is the best idea of any post I've read. Marvelous.

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                  1. re: Soop

                    This is a great, the suggestions are wonderful.
                    Wrath: Pissed off Shrimp
                    Greed: Some kind of amouse bouche, but it would have to be out of this world!
                    Lust: Top the oyster with a horseradish cream sauce and two types of caviar
                    Gluttony: I like the idea of something so rich you should only have a couple of bites and you end up eating the entire dish!
                    Sloth: serve canned soup either striaght from the can (just present the can and a spoon) or place the can inside the soup bowl and place openers on the table.
                    Envy: I like all the suggestions!
                    Pride: Something that makes an Impact, A tray full of Maine Lobsters piled high, but I do like the duo of beef idea

                  2. I'm not creative enough to give you menu suggestions, but these glasses are a must: http://www.kacperhamilton.com/Kacper_...

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                    1. re: madgreek

                      WOW those glasses are the best! I have niece that lives in the UK , I must get them shipped to her so the next time she comes home she can bring me them!

                      1. re: madgreek

                        lol, i was just about to post that one...i love those things, but according to some estimates i've seen (like here : http://www.boingboing.net/2008/06/11/...) those babies are $16K.......

                        1. re: im_nomad

                          Ouch, that hurt!

                          Well I guess those glasses are out of the question then...Sorry not going to fork out that kind of money on glasses that will not be used (that much) :(

                          Much rather spend on FOOD!

                      2. No specific dishes, just thoughts.....

                        I definitly see "Wrath" as something with a hidden "bite" to it.....a deceptively sweet dish for example, that seethes with heat after a bite or two....chipotle chocolate sort of thing....

                        Greed....a greedy chef probably wouldn't serve anything at all...and keep the good stuff to themselves !! That might also take care of envy....a fantastically elaborate and delicious dish for the chef, and mocked up, cheapo plate that looks somewhat the same, but pales in comparison...for the diner.

                        Pride... stuffed anything

                        Lust.....this has to be the thrill of the chase, rather than getting the prize or the sensual experience. Like with the wine glasses posted here as well, maybe some dish that for whatever reason, you can only taste the tiniest bit of at one time..you want more, but you just can't get it right now.

                        Sloth....hmm....ok, again, tacky...but i keep thinking those beer can hats...if you're that lazy, you wouldn't want to lift a wine glass like in the OP....soup in a beer can hat ;)

                        As for Gluttony, I see this as something far bigger than it should be. A normally one or two bit meal, but made so big that you can't fit it all into your mouth....like a massive cupcake or cream puff or something....

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                        1. re: im_nomad

                          "Greed....a greedy chef probably wouldn't serve anything at all...and keep the good stuff to themselves !! That might also take care of envy....a fantastically elaborate and delicious dish for the chef, and mocked up, cheapo plate that looks somewhat the same, but pales in comparison...for the diner."

                          Love that idea :)

                          Just got to thinking about seating too. You could have a throne for pride, a chaise long for lust, a high backed leather chair for sloth, uhhm.

                          Ok, can't think of the others :#

                        2. For Greed, serve everyone their plates, whatever dish you want to make. Then go around the table and let one person take something off another person's plate, a bit of meat, veggie, whatever.