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Jan 13, 2009 01:37 PM

Theme Party Ideas: Theme: Black & Tan

We're hosting a party with a theme of Black & Tan. The theme will apply to the decor, dress and of course food. So, here's my question...what foods do you think fall into this category? I've come up with a few so far....squid ink pasta, hummus with black chips, black bean soup. Thoughts & ideas appreciated.


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  1. Black pudding/blood sausages, forbidden or wild rice, dark chocolate drops or squares topped by a nut butter or drizzle of butterscotch or over toffee, oatmeal raisin cookies, dark chocolate Petit Ecolier cookies, mind erasers (kahlua+soda water), anything blackened or made with mushrooms...

    1. Sounds like fun, I love theme parties...I also love squid ink pasta, but some people can find it a bit strong for them...

      "Black"ened steak, fish, shrimp or chicken could also fit in there..heck I just like spicy food!

      1. You may already know this, but there is a Yuengling beer named Black & Tan. I'm not a beer drinker, so I can't speak to its qualities, but it is a favorite among friends.

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        1. re: lisavf

          A Black and Tan is actually Guiness and Bass or sometimes Harp.
          I've had the Yuengling and it doesn't hold a candle to a true Black & tan, but considering they are best poured on tap, Yuengling wouldn't be a bad choice

        2. Ben and Jerry's Black and Tan ice cream
          Guiness ice cream floats
          creamy porcini mushroom soup

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          1. re: Miss Needle

            Do you remember the "Death By Chocolate" dessert? It's chocolate cake soaked in Kahlua, then layered in a trifle bowl with chocolate pudding, crushed Skor and whipped cream? I haven't had this in years:

          2. -Black diamond steaks - I'm not a fan, but they fit the theme and would add another savory dish.
            -Black bean dip
            -Black olive tapenade on crostini or pitas.

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            1. re: lynnlato

              Black olive tapenade and hummus, side by side would be a cool b/t presentation.