academy awards dinner
I throw an academy awards party each year with menu items inspired by the best picture nominees. This year I am having some difficulty finding good ideas. This was last year's menu:
The Kids Are All Right Heirloom Tomato Tart
The King’s Speech Strawberry Finger Sandwiches
Toy Story 3 Weenie Winks
True Grit Burgers and Baked Beans
The Fighter Budweiser Brats
Black Swan Black & White Chocolate Dipped Strawberries
Winter’s Bone Meringue Bones
the social network Facebook cookies
INCEPTION Mind Eraser (adult beverage)
127 HOURS BLOODY ARON’S
Get the picture - any ideas???
Not much seems obvious.
The Help ... From what I understand the movie actually suggests that black maids of the period ate fried chicken ... a “Brooklyn Blackout Cake” might be edgy but acceptable. There are some pretty scathing rebukes of this movie out there. You could go with something not as “loaded”, maybe cold scones, jam and hot tea in honor of scullery maids everywhere.
Hugo ... for Hugo Cabret living in 1930’s France ... gruel? He did live in a train station ... maybe very very coarse bread and pickled things? ... maybe pommes frites? The drink Absinthe (now again found in liquor stores) was popular at that time.
Ides of March ... ah, what food would be eaten while political campaigning in Ohio? Black coffee, day old danish and a tall brioschi. How about red, white and blue Elephant and Ass cookies? (like gingermen cookies)
Moneyball ... real Red Hots (natural casing if you can get em) in a bun and mustard.
War Horse ... ah, war or horse? ... oats? C-Rations? ... Chipped beef on toast? Ok. You might consider the appetizer “Angels on Horseback” ... they are a bit like rumaki ...
The Iron Lady ... potted eels? Ok. Found online: “British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's favorite food is zucchini stuffed with shrimp and served with a cheese sauce”
The Descendents ... is set in Hawaii ... poi? ... maybe Pu Pu Platter - or things that might be found on one.
Midnight in Paris ... hmmm Woody Allen in France. Maybe this could be the whine, er, wine. I’m going to go out on a limb and say, Beignets with powdered sugar on top and champagne.
For The Ides of March - George Clooney is from Cincinnati area, which is where the movie was filmed. I would serve Cincinnati-style chili, which is a little sweeter than the norm; you can provide the sides (cheese, onions, etc) so guest can decide how to garnish (3 way, 5 way). Google recipes, I don't care for it, but I am sure you can find some.
Thanks! After some research I'm planning to go with:
The Artist – French Martini
Midnight in Paris – fruit, cheese and charcuterie platter
The Descendants – Crab Cakes
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close – New York Deli Style Ruebens and Pastrami Sandwiches
War Horse - Parsnip, Potato, and Turnip Puree
Moneyball – Hot Dogs
The Tree of Life – Homestyle Mac and Cheese
The Help – Minnie’s Chocolate Pie (minus her secret ingredient!)
Hugo – Petits Pains au Chocolat
As you can tell I'm trying to please a crowd of children and adults!