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Black Swan Inspired Dinner Menu?

bluqueen77 Mar 31, 2011 10:26 AM

We're hosting a "Black Swan" viewing party for about 6 people and would like to serve a dinner and dessert menu inspired by the movie. My only idea so far is a dessert of black-and-white cookies signifying the black and white swans. Help! :)

Some parameters:
- NO SPOILERS!!!! Nothing served in the movie or "This is what the character was eating when she was hit by a bus"-type items.
- No poultry or seafood
- Utilizing ingredients available in the average suburban grocery store

Thanks in advance!

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  1. blue room RE: bluqueen77 Mar 31, 2011 01:00 PM

    Both "fondu" and " frappe' " are ballet terms -- maybe you can start there.

    And toe shoe could become tofu. ...

    1. alliegator RE: bluqueen77 Mar 31, 2011 01:31 PM

      A friend of mine that used to do ballet got by on mostly sugar free red bull and rice cakes. Although I'm sure your guests would be bummed out by that menu.
      Most cuban black bean soups turn out black in color and a dollop of sour cream on top would contrast nicely.

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        HillJ RE: bluqueen77 Mar 31, 2011 01:49 PM

        Wow, I would consider this a challenge menu given dancers are not known for eating portions of any size let alone often. When you watch the movie, you may not enjoy your meal. But, I don't mean to spoil your plans

        I would stick with light fare, small plates and your idea for black/white is a good one. When I think of dancers; especially trained ballerinas I think of white and pink; perhaps you could use both color combos.

        Very challenging, good for you.

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          thew RE: HillJ Apr 1, 2011 08:55 AM

          "Wow, I would consider this a challenge menu given dancers are not known for eating portions of any size let alone often."

          this isn't really true. they tend to be athletes with very high metabolisms, and can put away quite a bit of food, especially if they've been rehearsing/dancing.

          my GF is a dance teacher/choreographer and dancer, i always say she eats like a hummingbird - non-stop and 5 times her body weight in food

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            HillJ RE: thew Apr 1, 2011 09:01 AM

            you're absolutely right, thew. my comment on portions was poorly stated. I stand by my few dinner menu suggestions tho.

        2. wekick RE: bluqueen77 Mar 31, 2011 02:13 PM

          Black and white food-

          There are lots of ideas for black and white dinner parties online.

          If you want to make up names for your food (like Pirouette Pizza)here are ballet terms-

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            bluqueen77 RE: bluqueen77 Mar 31, 2011 04:18 PM

            Great ideas, all -- thanks!

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              gembellina RE: bluqueen77 Apr 1, 2011 08:38 AM

              Pavlova was named after a ballet dancer, and you could use blackberries or blueberries for the black/white theme to link it to Swan Lake.

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              1. re: gembellina
                alliegator RE: gembellina Apr 1, 2011 09:14 AM

                that's a great idea!

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                  bluqueen77 RE: gembellina Apr 1, 2011 10:19 AM

                  Didn't even think of that... great idea!

                2. mamachef RE: bluqueen77 Apr 1, 2011 08:57 AM

                  Hmmmmm......off the top:
                  White bean "hummus" and black olive appetizer - maybe on a decent white-bread croustade
                  Blackened Chicken Paillards
                  White Veg (white asparagus, cauliflower, onions; maybe with a white cheddar sauce and some coarse black pepper)
                  Black & White rice pilaf, with mushrooms as dark as you can find
                  Individual Blackbottom Tarts with whipped cream, dusted with cocoa and garnished with blackberries, or for a real retro treat, chocolate wafer/icebox cake. Though it sounds as if dessert might be handled already. Dessert's the easy part of this equation; actually - so much chocolate, so much cream, so many things available to layer and so on....
                  White Wine for drinkin.....
                  Enjoy the party.

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                  1. re: mamachef
                    bluqueen77 RE: mamachef Apr 1, 2011 10:19 AM

                    Great ideas, thanks!

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