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Need ideas for "musical" church supper menu, please.

I need to plan a menu for a ladies supper meeting at church. The program will be musical and I would like to have a "musical" menu to carry out the theme.

We discussed having a "fifties" menu as a small part of the program will deal with that decade, but I prefer the "musical" theme.

The big challenge is that the food must be something very easily prepared and not extravagant. Something ultra simple such as a casserole, salad, bread, and dessert. We usually make assignments among the host group and these people prepare dishes at home and bring to church.

I'm really stumped on this one and look forward to hearing from those more creative than I am!

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  1. I'm not sure if this is what you had in mind, but here I go:

    "Dixie Chicken" by Little Feat - any main dish with chicken would work, especially if you could put a Southern twist on the dish.

    The Beatles "White Album" could be a theme, perhaps a chicken and broccoli dish with white Alfredo sauce. Also from the Beatles "Mean Mr. Mustard."

    What about something with pork, for Notorious P.I.G. Then again, perhaps not the most appropriate choice for a church supper, however. :-)

    The salad is a hard one - not coming up with anything off the top of my head.

    The band, Bread, had a song called "Guitar Man." So that ties in the bread. Not sure if anyone could make loaves of bread in the shape of a guitar!

    Herb Alpert's "A Taste of Honey" could be worked into a dessert - perhaps a honey cake?

    Or Don McLean's song "American Pie" would also work as a dessert.

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      OMG the notorious P.I.G. ROFL

      1. re: LindaWhit

        The lyrics "..you say tomato, I say tomahto..." come from a song called "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off." That could be the start of a salad.

      2. Jimmy Buffett has a song called "I will play for gumbo".

        1. Baked beans can get pretty 'musical'.

          1. We have the seed of an idea. We will leave it to you or a search of something like Pinterest to fine-tune it (pun intended). This would hopefully suggest 45 rpm records: Someone bring very flat pancakes or flat, unfolded tacos. Cut 1/2" hole in the center. Add a thin dark chocolate icing on top (suggesting black vinyl), and go around the chocolate with a fine serrated edge from something like the saw-tooth edging of a wax paper box or aluminum foil box, to suggest the grooves of the 45 record. A pastry tool like this does exist, but who has one? If you can pull it off, the dark disc 45 covers the "music" theme and "the 50s." I am at a loss for a food product that cold be cut out to represent the record label. But my creative wheels turned at least this far.
            Do any of the specific songs planned for the evening suggest any tie-ins? E.g., The Sound of Music's "Doe a Deer" song makes reference to jam and bread. I can get hopelessly corny with puns, here. If the music included the Doxology, for example, you could have duck on the menu and remind people with a groan that someone suggested this represented the Ducksology.

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            1. re: Florida Hound

              Great idea... You could do this on the top of a round cake.

            2. The Beatles do have lot of food in their songs, there was a thread a while back
              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/742769

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              1. re: BangorDin

                http://www.martinlewis.com/column.pl?...

                I remember that thread, I saved the article that tied Beatles song references to food groups.

              2. Do A Deer - Serve some venison

                Do the Mashed Potato - Obviously!

                I also googled "food themed songs" and came up with this site: http://www.songfacts.com/category-son...

                1. There was a song way back in '51: Shrimp Boats are a-comin'
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1dz1Y...

                  How about this one?
                  http://www.metrolyrics.com/shoo-fly-p...

                  pie recipe:
                  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/My-Grand...

                  1. Dessert - A "PIANO bar" - chocolate brownies and lighter/white-frosted bars, cut narrow and long like piano keys. Arrange keyboard-style on jellyroll pans / serving trays.

                    Main - Stuffed "BELL" peppers - filled with rice/tomato/ground beef or chicken mixture. Or even easier - stuffed bell pepper soup. I posted the recipe last summer in this discussion http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9101...

                    Salad - "LETTUCE" Break Bread Together - lettuce salad with croutons.

                    1. In addition to some already mentioned, (like American Pie and P.I.G.), top of mind, I think of Jimmy Buffet with Cheeseburgers in Paradise, Meatloaf (as in the musician), Tori Amos' references to biscuits, and Elvis with his peanut butter, bacon and banana combo. There is also the theme song from the sit-com Frazer - Tossed Salad and Scrambled Eggs - basically meaning that things are all mixed up.

                      Here is a link to an old thread here on CH where people discussed songs that reference food. Maybe there is some inspiration there:
                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/570947

                      And here is a list of songs that have food in the title.
                      http://www.songfacts.com/category-son...

                      There have been some articles recently about the pairing of food and music.

                      http://www.epicurious.com/articlesgui...

                      http://www.sfstation.com/2013/08/07/t...

                      http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08...

                      This blogger writes about pairings of food and music...
                      http://www.turntablekitchen.com/

                      There are a lot of images and instructions for making cakes decorated to look like a piano and for guitar shaped cakes. Here is a link for sandwiches arranged to look like a piano. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/tu...

                      1. These are all so funny. My only meager addition: there's a hymn, Let Us Break Bread Together on Our Knees...there's your bread course.

                        From my morbid side: His Eye is on the Sparrow could translate to roast chicken.

                        1. How many are you feeding, and how many cooks will you have? Any dish could be given a cute name that evokes musical ties. My Dinner a Day cookbook has recipes for :"Adagio Chicken" (chicken breasts w/ a mild lemony sauce & capers),
                          "Melon-choly Baby" fruit/dessert - alternating slices of canaloupe/honeydew on the plate with a dressing of sour cream mixed with orange marmalade and a topping of crushed ginger snaps.
                          "Yodel Bread" - sourdough bread loaf sliced and topped with tarragon butter and Swiss cheese
                          "Hello Dilly" - a lettuce salad with dill/mustard/vinegar/oil dressing

                          Edited to add - "DRUMSTICKS" - either as chicken legs for the main, or ice-cream dessert.

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                          1. re: MidwesternerTT

                            Yes, drumsticks. I have a very large antique cast iron "dutch oven" sitting by my fireplace. My family used to call any large pot like that a "kettle", as in a cauldron. When reading this thread my mind went to something along the lines of a "kettle" of soup or stew (kettle drum) and chicken drumsticks.

                            As cheesey as they are, I love the ideas of Hello Dilly salad, Yodel bread, and Melon-choly Baby...

                          2. Last year our Church did a Beatles themed charity dinner to benefit residents of a local homeless shelter. The dinner consisted of:

                            A magical mystery punch, I wanna hold your ham appetizers, eight days a leek soup, the main was a day in the rice, give peas a chance and free as a bird chicken. The dessert was a large cake that a friend of mine made with a yellow submarine on it.

                            If you give me your email I can send you pictures and show you the flyer I made. It was quite an achievement, but well worth it :o)

                            1. Earlier I thought of a salad with fiddlehead ferns, but they are out of season.

                              1. Many thanks to all you clever CH's!

                                I have really enjoyed reading all your wonderful ideas. Wow!

                                As soon as we get the musical selections made, I can get down to specifics regarding the food.

                                Thanks so much!