3 Oscar Menus

by CSWSmovie

MENU THEME 1: BEST PICTURE, HORS D’OEUVRE STYLE

A low-stress menu filled with crowd favorites:

Classic Martini:  perfect for a 1950s theme, but (fittingly) timeless as well.  (Tree of Life)

Deviled Eggs: a Southern classic. (The Help)

Caramel Corn Clusters: better than crackerjack. (Moneyball)

Homemade soft pretzels: an NYC street-food classic – serve with spicy mustard. (Everything Is Illuminated)

Croque Monsier:  aka grilled cheese, French style. (Hugo and Midnight in Paris)

Mai Tai Sorbet:  serve in bowls with little umbrellas. (Descendants)

Black & White Cookies: a to-the-point nod to this year’s most-likely-to-win nominee. (The Artist)

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MENU THEME 2: OLD-SCHOOL GLAMOR

A rich and indulgent meal for the serious Oscar host. Swag bags optional.

1. Start with a Classic Champagne Cocktail

2. Hand out individual cellophane bags filled with Chocolate Popcorn with Sea Salt

3. Serve dinner: an indulgent salad paired with a lightly dressed, flaky fish:
Warm Spinach Salad with Cherry Pancetta Vinaigrette  and
Miso-Glazed Fish

4. End the night in style with a rich, boozy, black and white cake topped with gold star glitter. Could there be a more Oscar-worthy dessert? New Yorkers, you can find edible gold star glitter at the Cake Supply Store on 56 W. 22nd Street in Manhattan.

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MENU THEME 3: LOVE FOR THE SNUBS

For the movies that could’ve make the cut for the Best Pic category. (You can argue over the ‘should’ve’ in the comments.)

Lemon Rose Bellini – feminine, celebratory and Helen Harris worthy. (Bridesmaids)

Spiced Mixed Nuts with Sugared Bacon – a high octane mix. (Drive)

Ron Weasley’s Everything but the Kitchen Sink Savory Pie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Pt. 2)

Shirazi Salad – a refreshing Persian salad (A Separation)

Coffee Granita: Anyone who has read the books can attest to how much coffee the Swedish characters drink. End the night on a sweet, caffeinated buzz. (Bonus: this is dead simple to make). (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

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