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so the murder mystery dinner i'm throwing is based in paris in 1940 - war time but on a high end train leaving the city before the war. still supposedly very exclusive though. know dinner and will of course have tons of red wine on hand. have some ideas for dessert as i have done this party before but would love new suggestions as well as apps and cocktails. pre prep or not too hard is good because i want to have fun but mainly because i'm also running the mystery part. thanks!!!!!!

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  1. Couldn't you choose say, 1935? Not a whole lot of partying going on in France in 1940.

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    1. Mpalmer6c is right! But let's not quibble. If you want to be really French, apps are quite minimal as to not spoil the appetite for the main event, i.e.bowls of nuts and olives, main course could be any fabulous French stew, ie Blaquette de Veau (my personal favorite) or Coq au Vin or Boeuf Bourguignon, followe by a simple green salad and cheese board.

      1. Gourgeres and champagne for your app. Tres chic, tres delicieux and tres simple! You can also have the option of a kir royale instead of plain champagne.

        1. While 1940 Parisians may just as well have been eating German food by then....

          What about escargots for an appetizer? Crepes for dessert. Or Crepes a la Reine for dinner.

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          1. re: gourmanda

            not all foodies and i don't know they'd all do escargot. it's why coq au vin is so great. it's lovely and traditional but it's made out of ingredients that everyone will eat.
            crepes are a great ides for dessert.

          2. Well, considering Larousse Gastronomique was published in 1938, I would reference an early copy for ideas (thanks to Amazon's search inside feature, you can keyword search and then view whole pages). For example, on a page about catering cocktail parties, dishes include: crustades, bouchees, timbales, vol-au-vent, pates, galantines and ballotines, chaud-froids, dishes in aspic, canapes, and ice cream and petit fours.