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!
To add to the list of regionally-named foods:
Manhattan clam chowder
Yankee pot roast
Kentucky fried chicken(!)
Boston cream pie
New England boiled dinner
San Francisco burritos
Alaskan king crab
Kansas City BBQ
St. Louis pizza
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.
Texas Sheet Cake
King Ranch Casserole (a ranch in texas)
Texas Border Chili
Anything Tex-Mex (americanized mexican food)
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.
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
Original Rainbow Cone Orange Sherbet
Have Lake Michigan Shore AVA wines
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.
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.
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
Vermont and Wisconsin Cheeses
Also, the White House often does major dinners with purely American product, so you might find good ideas for wine pairings there.