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Jan 20, 2014 07:49 AM

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

        The lyrics " 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

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              1. re: BangorDin


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