Be it black-and-white cocktail nibbles in honor of silent film The Artist or a groaning plate of deep-fried Southern-style chicken and chocolate pie to fete The Help, this year’s Academy Awards-nominated films have inspired a range of menu ideas for a festive Oscars viewing party.
Unlike the celebrities who’ve been stuffed and squeezed into their designer, unforgiving dresses, film buffs attending Oscar viewing parties will be able to nosh and nibble without having to worry about any wardrobe malfunction.
Here’s a round-up of recipe ideas that pay homage to this year’s nominees:
The Artist, the black-and-white silent film starring this year’s It-man du jour, Jean Dujardin, tapped to sweep the awards
Food & Wine magazine has a recipe for black-and-white cocktail cookies, made with a sweet dough that’s sprinkled with black and white sesame seeds.
Gourmet food blog Epicurious.com offers “An Ode to Old Hollywood” recipes that includes a classic French recipe for Pan-Seared Rib-Eye Steak with Béarnaise sauce, Steakhouse Creamed Spinach and Raspberries with Saba Sabayon.
Midnight in Paris, an ode to the City of Light in the roaring 1920s starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams
Epicurious.com creates a virtual ‘Moveable Feast’ in homage to Ernest Hemingway and company. Start with oysters with a Champagne-Vinegar Mignonette, with Gruyère and Parsley omelets, a Bib Lettuce Salad, Sancerre an a Pear and Almond Tart.
While Food & Wine suggests serving daiquiris as the night’s signature drink in Hemingway’s honor, sancerre is another recurring drink of choice for the writer in A Moveable Feast.
Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, tells the story of Oakland A’s manager Billy Beane and his role in the baseball team’s comeback.
Both Food & Wine and Epicurious have the same idea and suggest building a stadium-themed menu of crowd favorites like Cheddar Dogs with Cider-Braised Leeks and Apples and caramel corn clusters.
The Descendants, starring George Clooney, tells the tale of a man trying to keep his family together after an accident sends his wife into a coma. The film is set in Hawaii.
Think Hawaiian eats like pork and pineapple fried rice, crab cakes with creamy chili sauce, roast pig, sweet potato coconut purée and Blue Hawaiian cocktails. With an umbrella.
The Help, a tale set in Jackson, Mississippi during the early 1960s about African American maids working in white households.
A menu of Southern favorites could include Epicurious.com recipes like Fried Chicken with Bacon and Pepper Cream Gravy and Roasted Potato and Okra Salad. Food & Wine also offers up a recipe for chocolate pie which played an important role in the book’s ending.
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