Oscar Night Recipes

Dinner + Movie, Recipes, Regional Food, Winter
on February 7, 2013
Movie Night

For this year’s Oscar festivities, we’ve prepared a collection of themed recipes to honor each of the nine nominees in the Best Picture category, plus trailers for those of you just catching the Oscar Buzz. We’ve got delightfully appropriate dishes to set the mood for a pre- or post-viewing meal with friends. Saving your occasion for the big night itself? Mix and match your favorite recipes to enjoy during the ceremony.

One of two nominees set in France, Amour is a modern-day depiction of an aging couple, one of whom has suffered a stroke. This film is noted for its stark portrayal of family bonds and all the ways they can be tested. We took care to select French-inspired comfort foods for this one—heavy on the comfort. 

Coq au Vin Nouveau
Gratin Dauphinois
Le Marquis Chocolate Spongecake

Set in Tehran, this narrative of the rescue of a group of Americans from a hostage crisis is based on a true story. Suspense can be exhausting. You may want to plan to eat afterwards.

Smoky Eggplant and Chickpea Spread
Apricot and Lamb Tagine
Lemon Glazed Pistachio Shortbread Cookies

This feast-for-the-eyes film features a few literal feasts here and there, and a definite recurring theme of food. Set in a Louisiana Delta-esque land, the folks in this film are defined by the place they call home and by the foods they eat there. We hope you enjoy these Delta-inspired picks.

Chicken Wings
Crawfish, Shrimp and Lump Crab Etouffee
Steen’s Cane Syrup Gateau

Though this latest Quentin Tarantino creation is set in the pre-Civil War Era south, the plot is driven by a German-born bounty hunter, Dr. King Schultz. Our Django Unchained-inspired menu is a nod to his German heritage—and his charmingly witty, thickly accented one-liners.

Potato and Asparagus Salad with Coarse Grain Mustard Vinaigrette
Panko Crusted Pork Schnitzel with Herbed Spaetzle
German Chocolate Cookies

As a classic French tale, Les Misérables deserves a few classic French dishes. However, we can’t forget the nature of the story and its main characters—the title says it all. So we’ve picked some tasty French-inspired dishes, but nothing too fancy. 

Salade de Lille
Mushroom and Black Eyed Pea Ragout
Pear Frangipane

As our protaganist, the young Pi Patel of India, spends much of his journey lost at sea, we guarantee his adventures left him dreaming of the flavors of home. And us too. So we’ve selected a full meal featuring Indian flavors. As for the two crunchy snacks thrown in for good measure, we’re not suggesting you sneak these into the theater with you—or maybe we are.

Tandoori Style Grilled Chicken
Harvest Vegetable Curry with Rice
Honey-Spiced Chai Bundt Cake

Indian Style Popcorn and Crunchy Curried Chick Peas

As far as we can discern from written record, President Lincoln was something of a light eater. However, we’re not. So we’ve selected two all-American, comforting, filling and appropriately rustic dishes for settling in for a long evening with Honest Abe.

Chicken Pot Pie
Rustic Apple Pie

In Silver Linings, our main character comes from an Italian family living in the midst of Eagles-obsessed Philadelphia. As such, they have their Sunday ritual—football, finger foods and Italian classics, among other things. But you’ll have to watch the movie for those.

Comte and Prosciutto Skewers
Spinach Lasagna
Italian Cheesecake

In honor of the Middle Eastern setting present throughout Zero Dark Thirty, which depicts the true events surrounding the search for Osama bin Laden, we’ve picked out three dishes featuring Middle Eastern flavors, one with an updated twist.

Braised Savoy Cabbage Rolls

—By Alissa Harb