Casual Entertaining Ideas

Dinner + Movie, Entertaining, Recipes, Special Occasions
on March 1, 2006
Pasta with Bolognese Sauce
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn

Gab, girlfriends and good grub—what could be better?

“It’s nowhere near the investment of a book club, and it’s a lot more fun,” I tell folks. “It” is my video group, which consists of five very special friends and myself who get together once a month for dinner and a movie.

It works like this: the second Tuesday of each month we get together at the host’s house. The host rotates and is responsible for choosing the movie and making the meal. Initially the food was just snacks—popcorn, M&M’s and the like—but over the years, the meals became more elaborate—sometimes even matching the theme of the movie. Hearty beefy borscht accompanied The Russians are Coming, and pounded “chick” (chicken breasts) took center stage for Million Dollar Baby. But that doesn’t mean we’re all elaborate cooks. One gal orders carry out, and another assembles something yummy with the help of a specialty foods market. But then, the food really isn’t the point. Come to think of it, neither is the movie. It’s about the friendship. So, we eat dinner, chitchat, then settle into our movie. Sometimes we have lengthy discussions about the film we watched; sometimes not. Sometimes we laugh; sometimes we cry and go home in silence. The good thing is there are no rules, except to show up . . . preferably hungry.

–By Jill Melton, Relish Editor