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What to make for a 1920's-themed party?

hollyd Aug 13, 2009 06:46 AM

Kind of a flapper, speak-easy themed shindig. I'm pretty sure everyone will be bringing liquor, so I thought maybe food would be best.
But what to make?

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  1. alkapal RE: hollyd Aug 13, 2009 06:55 AM

    hollyd, here is a great resource from the "food timeline." http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecades.html#1920s

    oh, it's wonderful to explore!

    and i linked on the l.a. public library menu search, and searched for 192* and "american" in the appropriate fields. http://www.lapl.org/resources/en/menu_collection.html there are such fun results, with some menus and "images" of menus that you could reproduce for your party!

    here's an example: http://dbase1.lapl.org/images/menus/fullsize/b/13769-inside2.jpg
    from l.a.'s ambassador hotel, done for demille and pathé.

    the airport inn in glendale had a much more down home menu: http://dbase1.lapl.org/images/menus/f...

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    one thing that's standing out, i'm seeing lots of "tomato cocktail" or tomato soup starters, and also -- olives.

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    from the timeline:
    >>>"""Speakeasy menus & Great Gatsby Dining
    The menu you seek depends upon the type of speakeasy you hope to recreate. The finest New York clubs (Twenty One, Stork, Embassy, Simplon, Surf, Yale, and 51 1/2 East Fifty First) all served meals comparable to the best hotels. The speakeasy of the *common man* served less than stellar food. The draw, obviously, was the booze...which (by many accounts) wasn't all that good either. Wealthy young people often skipped the stuffy hotel restaurants, preferring to patronize new Chinese food restaurants and trendy cafes.
    [.........].

    If you are trying to recreate the menu/ambiance of a speakeasy on par with the famous "21 Club" ask your librarian to help you find these books:

    21 : Every Day was New Year's Eve : memoirs of a saloon keeper , H. Peter Kriendler, with H. Paul Jeffers. c1999.
    "21": The Life and Times of New York's Favorite Club, Marilyn Kaytor (includes some menus & recipes
    )21 Cookbook: recipes and lore from New York's fabled restaurant, Michael Lomomaco with Donne Forsman. c1995.""<<<<

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      Gio RE: alkapal Aug 13, 2009 07:01 AM

      LIke minds Alka.... didn't see your post when I hit reply.... sorry!

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        chef chicklet RE: alkapal Aug 13, 2009 08:16 AM

        Seems like celery was another veggie prepared in a variety of ways.

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          cinnamon girl RE: alkapal Aug 13, 2009 02:19 PM

          holy cow, alkapal! That's impressive. I love the foodtimeline site. Thanks!

          Who would have thought that peanut butter cups have been around since 1923?

        2. Gio RE: hollyd Aug 13, 2009 06:56 AM

          http://www.foodtimeline.org/fooddecad...
          Scroll down to:
          "Popular foods and snack fare"
          Actually, the whole page is a hoot and v. informative.

          1. shaogo RE: hollyd Aug 13, 2009 08:30 AM

            Such fun!

            Before looking at all the links, all I could think of was Oysters Rockefeller -- and chicken hash (a' la "21").

            @chef chicklet: I *love* cream of celery soup. I've also prepared celery as a Thanksgiving side-dish, cooked a' la carrots vichy, then buttered.

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              Diane in Bexley RE: hollyd Aug 13, 2009 09:43 AM

              I think it would be funny to fill your bathtub with something light pink aka Bathtub Gin - you could float some small candles or lilies in it. Would be pretty decoration

              1. hollyd RE: hollyd Aug 13, 2009 10:32 AM

                ok. I should have mentioned it's not my party. So I'm looking for something portable.

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                  aguacate RE: hollyd Aug 13, 2009 11:51 AM

                  There's a spiced cashew recipe in one of the Barefoot Contessa cookbooks. It's basically cashews, rosemary, cayenne pepper, brown sugar, and butter tossed together and roasted for a bit. Delicious with cocktails. (easy to transport too).

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                    hollyd RE: aguacate Aug 13, 2009 06:48 PM

                    sold. Sounds perfect. Thanks everyone!

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                      missyp RE: aguacate Aug 13, 2009 09:05 PM

                      I make that all the time and people go wild. Not sure how 1920s it is, though.

                      http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/in...

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                        cinnamon girl RE: aguacate Aug 14, 2009 01:59 PM

                        yes both she and Nigella have included it in books and shows . . . it originates at the Union Square Cafe and appeared in their cookbook about 10 yrs earlier before Ina Garten's. It's their bar nut and they do it with mixed nuts which might be more 20s-ish? On the other hand, fresh herbs didn't become widely available till the 80s (besides parsley, maybe chives).

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