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Mar 5, 2009 04:49 AM

Ides of March party

Hi there,
I am throwing an Ides of March themed party... have asked my guests to don togas and will be serving hors d'oeuvres. Any ideas for hors d'oeuvres along this theme? Preferably cold items that can be left out...

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  1. Mixed olives, nuts, hummus and pita chips, tapenade,

    1. Since the Ides of March has a Roman history, I would suggest anything typicaly Italian or from the Roman cuisine such as these which were eaten in ancient Rome:

      Bread/crostini with cheese and/or sausage rounds and other salamis;
      Crudites such as radishes, parsnip chips, asparagus;
      Small fish such as fried smelts, sardines;
      Deviled eggs;
      Stuffed celery.....

      Olive oil, wine, and herbs along with what is very similar to fish sauce (Garum)...were used lavishly so you can use these freely to spice things up.

      1. caeser salad

        something with ROMANo cheese

        assorted app(ian)etizers

        6 Replies
        1. re: thew

          You're so right about the ROMANo cheese! Especially with drizzled honey. Eaten while walking along the Appian the party.

          1. re: thew

            Caesar salad was invented by Caesar Cardini in Tijuana Mexico.
            Nothing to do with Julius Caesar.

            1. re: monku

              yeah, we all know that - so what?

              lighten up.
              this is a party with people wearing togas, not a food history class.

              1. re: thew

                Was meant to be light.....not everyone knows.
                Give credit where credit is due.

                1. re: monku

                  fair enough - tone is hard to get over the net

                  1. re: thew

                    I've been to toga parties before the movie Animal House, I know no one gives a crap about history.

          2. Those EAR mushrooms, Senate bean soup, ceasar salad eaten with fingers

            1. Can you still buy those little plastic cocktail swords? Not exactly daggers, but close enough. Make spears of mozz balls, grape tomatoes, and basil leaves. Or tortellini marinated in Italian dressing.

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              1. re: nemo

                There were no tomatoes in Ancient Rome. They were introduced by explorers from the South America in the 16th century....