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Food from the 70's!

I am hosting a 70's disco for an association i am involved with. we want everything to reflect the 70's. Please help me with the buffet menu. What food was hip in the 70's? We've covered the chocolate fountain; but other than that, we need assistance.

Deviled Eggs? TV Dinners - or was that the 50's?

We want it to be creative and upscale, but fun!

I appreciate your help!

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  1. Tuna Casarole. I think my mom made it once a week from 1970 through 1979.

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    1. re: mattesq

      you know, i bet we could do a very upscale version of a couple of casseroles. what other casseroles were popular in the 70's?

      1. re: burntcream

        I'd say fondue took off in the mid- to late-60s.

        1. re: Perilagu Khan

          Fondue was still going strong at least in the early 70s. All those fondue sets given as wedding presents in the 60s weren't yet ready for the trash heap.

          Hummus & co. went mainstream in the 70s. So did health food.

          1. re: mbfant

            I was married in 1977 and I got a fondue set at my shower then.

            1. re: coll

              I wonder if your set was new then, or perhaps re-gifted a number of times until you received it.

              1. re: Tripeler

                I did get a few regifts, didn't think this was but who knows. I did use it a lot at the time though, it wasn't out of fashion.

                One crystal bowl I got still had the name tag of the original receipient and giver inside the box ;-)

              2. re: coll

                I'll see your fondue pot and raise you, Coll. I got 2 when we were married in 78 (and still have both). So, yes, definitely still in fashion in the 70s

                1. re: masha

                  That's what I thought, I do remember using mine quite a bit until we moved in the early 1990s and I gave it to a neighbor.

                  1. re: masha

                    Believe it or not, the kids on my dead end street are often out in the street playing when I'm going to bed in the summer. I feel like such an old fart!

                    1. re: masha

                      Darn, we were married in 1987 and I actually had to go out and BUY a fondue pot a few years back.

            2. Green Goddess Salad Dressing on iceburg or romaine lettuce
              Surf and Turf (and it was usually steak and lobster
              Potato Skins
              Deep Fried Mushrooms and Zucchini
              Anadama Bread on the table with butter
              Dessert was Mud Pie?
              Stuart Anderson's Black Angus and Charlie Browns in the Bay Area were seriously busy in the 70s. Remember all that dark wood with open beam ceilings?

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              1. re: chef chicklet

                I remember going to Black Angus when I was a kid thought it was soooo chi chi!
                Hippies were huge, my Dad was a big ol' hippie and I remember pita bread, sprouts, tomato and avacado sandwiches.

                1. re: chef chicklet

                  also Sangria, I think that is when I first heard of Sangria being a cool party drink...

                  1. re: chef chicklet

                    Annie Greenspring wine. In the unlikely event it's still made. Lancer's and Mateus as well.

                      1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                        Hey why not go for the laughs and get a case of Boones Farm? My Mom actually used to like those. Cold Duck was her other fave.

                          1. re: INDIANRIVERFL

                            I was just about drinking age myself, but the bottles were too small to take an unnoticed swig!

                          2. re: coll

                            Never any of that in casa lagatta...

                            1. re: lagatta

                              I think my Mom was the first person in the US to discover Kahlua too, she liked to let her hair down when the occasion called for it! Good old Mom, she's 83 now and still going strong.

                              Yeah, let's put Kahlua on the list too.

                              1. re: coll

                                Oh, I don't mean any absence of wine! Just a horror of that sweet stuff.

                                1. re: lagatta

                                  Kahlua is the epitome of sweet, Mom does have somewhat of a sweet tooth though.

                              2. re: lagatta

                                I'd absolutely love to know if Bill Hunt actually ever tried any of those wines, including the horrendous Zellar Schwartz Katz and whatever that gross wine of the same brand that made the leibfraumilch in the pottery bottles.

                                  1. re: EWSflash

                                    But they were only a dollar! We went through a lot of those in high school.

                              1. re: laliz

                                "get juiced on Mateus and just hang loose..."

                                1. re: sandylc

                                  At the very least, you should have a few Meteus bottle candle stick holders with lots of wax dripping down the sides.

                              2. re: Perilagu Khan

                                What? No Bali Hai, Ripple or Boone's Farm? And the notorious gallon jug of Gallo "Hearty Burgundy" post-production red grape fermentation swill had us all blow groceries during at least one frat party....maybe more.

                                1. re: Chefpaulo

                                  Wait, Hearty Burgandy was my Italian MILs house wine. For the time, it was pretty much as good as it got.

                                  1. re: Chefpaulo

                                    Had them all. No regrets, but never again.

                              3. re: chef chicklet

                                Exactly, chicklet...teriyaki sirloin, baker with everything (sour cream, chives, bacon etc), salad with bleu cheese (no ranch!), some kind of bread and butter. Fried appetizers.

                                1. re: tobycat

                                  oh yeah, the baked potato, loaded, they would come around with a doggone cart full if stuff to put on the baked potato! some places had this huge lazy susan that would spin on the table!
                                  And Prime Rib was the cut I always wanted it's all coming back!
                                  That would be hysterical to do a cart full of baked potato toppings~
                                  Palazzo pants with Bare Traps or Colored Jeans with Candies for the gals, and Angel Flights with a matching vest for the guys!

                              4. stuffed mushrooms. Perhaps Swedish meatballs? Spinach salad?

                                Early healthfood or vegetarian food. A lot of it is stodge you wouldn't want at your party (brown rice casseroles...) but you might find some edibles in the New York Times Natural foods cookbook, and of course, in Anna Thomas's early books - always tasty food but her early books were full of very rich recipes. Find an old copy of The Vegetarian Epicure.

                                Hash brownies and biscuits, though I doubt it is that kind of party...

                                Galloping gourmet - late 1960s to 70s...

                                I never saw a chocolate fountain in the 1970s - guess it depends on your milieu. (We weren't disco types).

                                Devilled eggs and especially TV dinners are 1950s food, though of course they were still around.

                                From a UK site. The trout with almonds actually looks very tasty: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/wine/main....

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                                1. re: lagatta

                                  I also don't remember seeing/hearing of chocolate fountains until the 90s.

                                2. Guacamole was big, and with veggie dippers and tortilla chips. Pasta with pesto was getting discovered.