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Mar 21, 2012 01:44 PM

Two Menu Requests--Ernie's and Hearst Castle

Hi I have a silly request--I do about a monthly movie and food night and theme my dinner around the movie we are viewing. In the queue are Citizen Kane and Vertigo.

For Citizen Kane I was hoping to find something Old-Hollywood Style. Of course many believe that the story was based off William Randolph Hearst. I have not had much luck googling menus that might have been enjoyed by Hearst and friends in the 20's and 30's. If any of you are familiar with the area, or have time-period suggestions or restaurant/memorabilia links I am all open to inspiration. I am at a dead end.

Secondly, Vertigo recreated the "Ernie's" restaurant from the 50's. I understand it's been closed for several years now but that it was quite the establishment for the time (rumored that Hitchcock loved dining there). I thought I'd have much better luck finding a menu from them but no again. So if anyone know anything about Ernie's so I can take some inspiration from that...most loved dishes, etc. Thanks

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  1. Ernie's Crepe Suzette and I believe WRH had bottled ketchup on the dining room(big room big table) table.
    Here's a menu from 1946.

    1. This article on Ernie's closing mentions quite a few of the dishes they were serving at that time: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article...

      1. I toured Hearst Castle a few years ago and went thru the kitchen....it was huge, of course. IIRC I saw a menu framed somewhere and the fare was pretty basic, roasted meat, vegetables. Think Downton Abbey... I also think I saw a cookbook in the souvenir shop, so you might try calling the castle shop directly to see if they have it. Don't forget to put bottles of ketchup and mustard on the dining table!

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        1. re: alwayshungrygal

          My father worked for Mr. Hearst and so was invited for dinner at San Simeon. He used to talk about the bottles of Heinz ketchup on the table among the other, higher class, objects, with some amusement