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I've been asked to cater a party with a "Marie Antoinette" theme. The hostess wants food relating to that era "with a funky edge" since this is for an artist event. Any suggestions??

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  1. Have you seen the movie Marie Antoinette - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0422720/ - not great, but some luscious food scenes - might give you some inspiration. And of course, serve the champagne in the "cups" not flutes!

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    1. re: MMRuth

      I agree - great food scenes in the movie! Champagne, petit fours, roast for dinner. Anything extravagant!

    2. Even though it may not be true that she ever said "Let them eat cake", I definitely think some sort of cake should be on the menu.....

      1. Definitely avoid the rustic French dishes. Coq au vin, beef (forgot how to spell beef in French lol) burgundy. If I remember right, I think marzipan was popular then. The French weren't much for beef in haute cuisine back then, I don't think. More towards roasted birds and lots of sauces. To be honest, 18th century cuisine from any country is going to be just plain strange sometimes. I would say your hostess has given you quite a task. But, I did find this blog, dedicated to 18th century French cuisine. http://18thccuisine.blogspot.com/

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        1. re: spellweaver16

          Wow. That blog you found is great reading. Really cool stuff....

        2. white cupcakes with pink cotton candy as toppers (emulating wigs of that time or the movie, haha).Finger foods - baby stuffed potatoes, small canapes....
          maybe a nice salad nicoise (not "period" but good for a crowd.)

          1. Serve asparagus spears with the tops cut off but on the same plate - as though guillotined!