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American Theme Dinner Help Needed

I am suppoosed to help my husband plan an American themed dinner, and I was wondering if anyone had any ideas,,,I was thinking each course could be from somewherein the US? So far i came up with "New England" Clam Chowder,,,any other soups? any salads and "American Pot Roast"...are there other foods named with states or US regions in their name that could help build a menu? Please help!

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  1. Southern Fried Chicken
    Memphis BBQ Or Carolina BBQ
    Mac and cheese is a must
    Texas Toast
    California Pizza
    Apple Pie for desserrt
    NY Cheesecake
    Chicago style pizza or dogs
    NY style Pizza
    Boston brown bread
    Boston baked beans
    and that's just off the top of my head...I could go on and on...

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    1. re: SweetPhyl

      all of you are AWESOME! so happy to have some great ideas!

    2. To add to the list of regionally-named foods:
      Texas chili
      Cincinnati chili
      Manhattan clam chowder
      Yankee pot roast
      Maine lobster
      Kentucky fried chicken(!)
      Ranch dressing
      Vermont cheddar
      Wisconsin cheddar
      Boston cream pie
      New England boiled dinner
      San Francisco burritos
      Alaskan king crab
      Minnesota hotdish
      Kansas City BBQ
      St. Louis pizza

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        1. re: JungMann

          JungMann, What is St. Louis Pizza? I've never heard of it.

          1. re: AlyKen

            Cracker-thin crust topped with Provel cheese. I hadn't heard of it either until I saw it on FN.

        2. You'll have to tell us why he needs to do this! And how much he plans to spend per person. I was thinking steaks and baked potatoes, grilled corn on the cob. Local beers or wines, if available.

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          1. re: southernitalian

            budget isnt really limiting becuase it is for a golf event and each person pays for their own meal,,,we just plan it

            1. Philly Cheesesteak - wit.
              Kentucky Burgoo
              Mississippi Mud Pie
              Idaho Potatoes
              Hawaii Coconut Muffins (the state muffin)
              Boston Cream Pie
              Maine Blueberry Pie
              Alaska Salmon
              Georgia Peaches
              Iowa Corn
              Louisana Crawfish
              Virginia Ham

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              1. re: Gio

                New Orleans pralines
                Winston Salem Moravian sugar cake
                Southern cornbread
                Smithfield ham
                Charleston shrimp & red rice

              2. Don't forget Maryland crabcakes (but you gotta do them MD style). Everyone loves crabcakes or mini crab balls as appetizers.

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                  1. re: bbqboy

                    This is a big discussion on the Balt-Wash board to summarize: MD blue crab meat, very tiny amount of filler (normally a mayo combination) only enough to keep the meat together and a seafood seasoning most of the time old bay but older places have their own recipe. Broiled or fried (I prefer broiled). That's it.

                1. Texas Sheet Cake
                  Texas Caviar
                  King Ranch Casserole (a ranch in texas)
                  Texas Border Chili
                  Anything Tex-Mex (americanized mexican food)

                  1. If you are looking to keep it on the finer dining side.... I recommend a Sonoma Salad. There are varying versions but its basically Spring Greens, Apples, Blue Cheese, Glazed Walnuts, Cranberries in Champaigne & Mustard Vinaigrette.

                    1. America is really big. I would work with the chef who is cooking the meal to put together a regional meal for your area. I see you posted a couple times on the Chicago board. If you are from the Chicago area you could have a menu like below;


                      Duck Breast in Raspberry Sauce
                      Beef and Mushroom Brochette
                      Mushroom Caps stuffed with Sausage


                      Rib Steak a la Morton's with Sauted Veggies
                      Buttermilk Roast Chicken with Twice Baked Potatoes
                      Planked Whitefish with Wild Rice


                      Apple Pie a la mode
                      Carrot Cake
                      Original Rainbow Cone Orange Sherbet

                      Have Lake Michigan Shore AVA wines


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                      1. re: davebough

                        That sounds good but you please elaborate on what makes each of those dishes particularly Chicagoan?

                        1. re: Eat_Nopal

                          What I was after was dishes where the ingredients were local and standard fare in the area. Whitefish are in Lake Michigan, but I think commercial fishing gets you fish from Lake Superior. Everything else would be obtainable from suppliers within 50 miles of Chicago. I don't know where Original Rainbow Cone gets what they put in the Sherbet, but they are a Chicago legend.

                          1. re: davebough

                            Oops! The wild rice would come from Minnesota or Wisconsin, but was standard fare in Chicago and grew there when the white men came.

                      2. I'm curious sharmon, is this a sit down or buffet? Nice affair or casual after a game of golf?
                        And why the American theme? American regional cuisine, How do you choose? Unless your allowing for say, 3 entrees and a vegetarian offer, appetizers and the whole lot, then you could possibly cover a good chunk of regional cuisine.

                        1. The Fat American Menu:

                          The Northeast/First Courses. . .
                          Lobster or Shrimp Newburgh
                          Duxbury & Wellfleet Oysters
                          New England or Manhattan Clam Chowder

                          The Left Coast/Second Courses
                          Caesar Salad (or a California Cobb Salad)
                          Hawaiian Spam and Pineapple OR Mahi Mahi

                          The Great Vast Middle/Main Courses
                          A Chicago Style Hot Dog
                          Kansas City Barbecue Pork with Iowa Corn
                          Colorado Lamb with Idaho Potatoes

                          Southern Coronary (Dessert)
                          Georgia Peach Cobbler
                          New Orleans Pralines
                          A Charleston Chew

                          The end:
                          Vermont and Wisconsin Cheeses

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                          1. re: sailormouth

                            I think that's a great idea for a future menu for me to do. Even the Charleston Chew is a whimsical (if slightly gross) addition! Is Colorado very well-known for their lamb, though?

                            1. re: JungMann

                              My roommate, who is a high-end butcher (score!) waxes on about American lamb, particularly those from Colorado. Better than what you get from Australia and New Zealand.

                              The stuff he brings home is fantastic.

                          2. Also, the White House often does major dinners with purely American product, so you might find good ideas for wine pairings there.

                            1. Key Lime Pie... must be made with real key lime juice and no Jello or green food coloring.
                              Pittsburgh Strip District sandwich http://www.rackdeal.com/primantibroth...
                              Chicago-style deep dish pizza
                              Carolina-style barbecue