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law school/harvard themed party food

A good friend is leaving our office to attend Harvard law school in the fall. I wanted to make the party themed on law/harvard/cambridge etc. Any ideas? I already have a crimson cocktail planned and "harvard squares" of puff pastry with cheese etc. Any good lawyer themed food?? Corny is ok!

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    1. Shepard's Pie (as in "Shepardizing"..he might not get the joke now but he will).

      1. What about Harvard beets? http://allrecipes.com/recipe/harvard-...

        Dublin Lawyer - http://www.epicurus.com/food/recipes/...

        Redfish COURT-bouillon - http://allrecipes.com/recipe/redfish-...

        You can also buy Boston-based Legal Seafoods' clam chowder in many frozen food sections of supermarkets. Or perhaps go to your local Legal's restaurant near you (I see you're in DC; I'm pretty sure they're down there).

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          Harvard beets? No, no, anything but that! :-) But many beets are crimson in color, so if you make any beet dish, it'll have the Harvard look.

          There used to be a Legal Seafoods in Washington's Union Station, I think. Haven't been there recently.

          1. re: John Francis

            There is a Legal's Seafood in Gallery Place/Chinatown now.

        2. I'd maybe go for Boston ideas, as Linda mentioned. Your cocktails, puff pastry, and clam chowder would itself be a nice lunch.

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          1. re: katecm

            In the Boston theme: Boston Cream Pie for desert

          2. Surely a hasty pudding for dessert.

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            1. Based on my longstanding marriage to Mr. JudiAU, a Harvard graduate in the finest tradition, the following are good options.

              Martinis with Punky Brewster in the background. Followed by a lot of moaning of the great old places that are gone from Harvard Square. Followed by every Simpson dig at Yale in order of original airing. Followed by a round of Pims cups. Followed by a many rounds of beer. No food should be served.

              1. angel and devil cake.

                (law students will have to argue both sides of the same issue).

                1. Boston baked beans! And Boston Cream Pie for dessert. You can serve Dunkin Donuts coffee---chances are he'll be drinking a lot of that in law school.

                    1. re: pine time

                      LOL! OK, now *that* would be funny! At least get him a little stuffed one for his desk.

                      1. re: LindaWhit

                        Mr. Cat does NOT appreciate shark jokes - but I do. I'm loving all these ideas and getting great giggles. I feel uniquely qualified to be ROFL as I went to college in Boston, dated a Harvard Law student, had the Spouse go through law school after we were married, and did my grad work at Yale.

                        BTW, I love the Shepherd's Pie suggestion. I spent far too many hours re-typing all that stuff.

                      2. re: pine time

                        Q: Why won't sharks eat lawyers?
                        A: Professional courtesy.

                        Most everyone's heard that tired joke already. But, there's a lesser known corollary.

                        Q: Why won't sharks eat comedians?
                        A: They taste funny.

                      3. parker house rolls. dunkin donuts coffee? lobster.

                        1. A crimson H (or white H on a crimson background) is the most recognizable symbol of Harvard. See, e.g., http://www.sportslogos.net/logo.php?i...

                          You can buy H-shaped cookie cutters on Amazon. Unfortunately, they don't have the serifs. If you insist on making the serifs, then you'd fit right in with the pedants at Harvard Law School.

                          1. gag party favors: tubes of preparation H
                            most often used for graduates of more than one Harvard school, but can be used in any Harvard context.
                            cranberry (dried berries and juice) is both the correct color and a regional product.

                            1. these are great thank you! I am actually originally from Boston so know all those foods down pat but the tort and pudidng ideas are genius!

                              1. We had a dinner one night with graduates of Harvard, Yale and Princeton, and my husband offered cocktails for each of those schools. Here's a "Harvard"


                                1. How about a dvd of "The Paper Chase." If your not familiar with this film, it's a great story about Harvard law students with an Academy Award performance by John Houseman. Now, let's assume your friend is a succesful lawyer armed with that Harvard degree. This requires real lawyer food, prime steaks, lobster, and expensive big red wines.

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                                  1. re: James Cristinian

                                    Professor Charles W. Kingsfield Jr.: "You teach yourselves the law, but I train your minds. You come in here with a SKULL FULL OF MUSH; you leave thinking like a lawyer."

                                    1. re: Kholvaitar

                                      I'm a bow tie guy also, but he looks like he is either overthinking or is constipated.

                                      1. re: Veggo

                                        He does have a constipated look in the picture.

                                      2. re: Kholvaitar

                                        So, a plate of polenta would be perfect, too.

                                        We just reserved Paper Chase from the library--such good writing.

                                    2. I am loving this whole thread!

                                      1. Poor guy is halfway through the shit at this point.

                                        He's either gained or lost 20 pounds and probably had a Dunkies shunt put in.

                                        Good luck to him!

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                                        1. re: C. Hamster

                                          or he is working at Wheelworks assembling very expensive bicycles. They can go either way.

                                          1. re: smtucker

                                            Hahaha! I used to spend a lot of time at Wheelworks coveting those bikes.