For my favorite menu of the year, there is a bit of a process. First, there are the nominations and then the viewing of all of the films (thank you screeners!!). The best part is the brainstorming: a course for each Best Picture nominee. If nothing else, this party is pure bragging rights, a show-off moment for imaginative food. However, this year, I cannot take all of the credit. In fact, the two most creative courses were inspired by friends' suggestions. So thank you Van for suggesting something 'aged' for Amour (French cheeses, of course). And Ahna inspired my very favorite: 'north vs south' for Lincoln; Greg made it a fair battle by picking 'clam chowder vs shrimp gumbo'. Amy's film poster food cards brought each course together and make the night all the more festive. Even though she impresses me with the decor every year, this got my vote for best (anemones are a new favorite). Dessert is usually the highlight of this party: a little kid dessert bar for Toy Story 3 and last year's black and white extravaganza for The Artist set the bar pretty high. Lucky for me, Life of Pi was a sweet inspiration and Djagno Unchained screamed for a coconut white cake.
SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK
"crabbies & homemades"
crab, tarragon & creme fraiche crostini
caceo e pepe homemade pasta twists
"aged french cheese platter"
"loaf of french bread"
BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD
"hushpuppies & wild boar salami"
"north vs south"
clam chowder vs gumbo
"iranian mezze platter"
hummus, cucumber yogurt, eggplant caviar, pita, fattoush, stuffed grape leaves, persian rice
ZERO DARK THRITY
"pakistani spiced 'catch of the day' "
cedar planked halibut with cumin, coriander & preserved lemon
"coconut white cake"
LIFE OF PI
lemon shaker pie, peanut butter pie, banana cream pie & chocolate ganache tart