About Last Night is a RomCom (romantic comedy) which pokes good fun at contemporary relationships. It is laugh out loud funny.
You know the story: Guy meets girl, guy hooks friend up with girl’s friend, all heck breaks loose. And of course there is all of the bad advice. Seriously the movie is funny. It is a hilariously raw and modern look at what people really go through when, trying to or trying not to, make a real connection with another human being.
As the Movie Foodie, you know that I was most interested in seeing how food showed up in this movie. Huh! The food is the fall guy. If it is not being tossed out the window it is being ripped on. In one scene Debbie, tosses her turkey from a window and in another scene Joan’s Escargot is dubbed inedible. In spite of the jokes, the food looks good.
I will use this movie and it’s challenging recipes in my next book, Kissing in the Kitchen: A Romantic Comedy Cookbook and Guide to Relationship Building and Enhancement.
As we quickly approach the 86th annual Academy Awards Ceremony, one pressing question looms large in the minds of movie foodies every where, ’What will Wolfgang Puck be serving at the Governor’s Ball?”
This year serves as the 20th anniversary of Wolfgang’s delicious relationship with the Oscars and as such his decadent spread will be a tribute to his greatest foodie hits. Without further anticipation, here are the decidedly split menu options for food at the Oscars.
Wolfgang at the big reveal.
Vegan Menu: Because Ellen DeGeneres (the host) is Vegan
- Chopped Vegetable Salad (Vegetarian)
- Butternut Squash, Farro, Wild Rice.
- Cauliflower Chips
- Carrot and Orange Gazpacho
- Tomato Salad
Mini Comfort Foods Menu: Because everyone else is gonna be hungry. Lol
- Pasta Appetizers
- Tuna Tartare in Sesame Cones
- Mini Burgers
- Smoked Salmon Oscars
- Lobster and Shrimp Dumplings
- Chicken Pot Pie
And For Desert
- Chocolate Dipped Strawberry Cheesecake Pops
- Vegan desserts:Chocolate Cupcake, Almond Cream (which is gluten-free, too) and Carrot Cake, Raisins, Cinnamon Gel
- Licorice and Chocolate Parfait, Caramelized Tobacco Leaves
- Caramel Garden, Coffee Soil, Chocolate Malted Tree, Fleur de Sel
- Citrus Panna Cotta, Funky Chunky Chocolate Pop Corn
On The Tables:
- Platters with: Homemade Pretzels with Pimento Cheese, 5 Year Aged Gouda; Cauliflowers with Smoked Paprika (Vegan); Parmesan Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates; Smoked Almonds; Breadsticks and Seeded Lavosh!
This year’s Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, March 2 at 5:30 ET on ABC. Check your local listing for times.
Share your Oscar plans with Fellini’s Kitchen.
Just in time for Valentine’s Day,
A recent study by the University of Rodchester reported that watching Romantic Comedies can actually help couples by serving as relationship building activities. It turns out that RomComs help to create stronger and longer commtitted relationships. See the whole study here. You can also participate!
Great news movie foodies! Quite a few of our favorite Foodie Movies just happen to be RomComs and have made the official list. See list here. I am so proud of this.
Something’s Gotta Give
Autumn In New York
Fellini’s Kitchen to the rescue
For really great ways to use Movie Foodie Recipes as relationship building activities and to increase your romantic connection, pick up a copy of Fellini’s Kitchen presents Reel to Real Recipes on amazon.com. You will find lots of movie food recipes and serving suggestions. Also available for Kindle.
I’ve been talking for a year now about Foodie Films and food in films on this blog but I have never posted a list of the Best Foodie Films according to me.
So here are my top 25 pics:
- Babette’s Feast
- No Reservations
- Under the Tuscan Sun
- Simply Irresistable
- Like Water For Chocolate
- Tortilla Soup
- Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
- Eat, Pray, Love
- Last Holiday
- Soul Food
- Julie and Julia
- It’s Complicated
- Something’s Gotta Give
- Ramen Girl
- Big Night
- How To Lose A Guy In Ten Days
- The Help
- My Best Freind’s Wedding
- Django Unchained
- Sleepless in Seatle
- Sex and the City I and II
Here is list from Amazon.com’s FoodieFilm List to help you create your own Foodie film library. Some of the films on my list are on moretoreum so if you can find them, Grab em, they are acturally collectors items.
Can you say MacGuffins?
On my quest to define the role food plays in movies, I came across this movie specific phrase. The phrase coined in the Hitchcock era by Hitchcock himself describes a plot device (usually an object) that moves the storyline forward with little or no explanation of why. We see this at work in the Top Ten Movie MacGuffins.
What about food though? How about the Caramel Eclairs in Simply Irresistable or the Chocolate on Chocolat. Is the use of the word MacGuffins to describe the use of food in movies a stretch?
Join the conversation: Can you think of an example when food is the MacGuffins in a Foodie Film? Post you comments below.
American Hustle delivers a signature dish; Jersey Style Chicken Piccata as well as a delicious web of hip, seventies drama and intrigue.
Chicken Piccata is Italian lemon chicken with capers and all.
The dish introduced in the film was shared by like cultured strangers looking for common ground upon which to build a new, needed friendship.
The Piccata, serves as a common thread binding two sets of strangers to one another through culture and through food.
For the record, Amy , Jennifer, Christian and Bradley (who is quickly rising to the top of my short list of favorite actors) each gave standout, gritty performances that will not be soon forgotten.
Do you have a recipe for Chicken Piccata? If you do post it here. We may add it to the next addition of Reel to Real Recipes giving you full credit for your “Movie-foodie” contribution.
With that said, are you getting your American hustle on? Tell us all about it.
Check out this American Hustler Trailer.
This was just the beginning of many more ‘Movie Foodie” events to come. We will be announcing the 2014 calendar of events as well as new venues where you can come out and talk movie food as well as taste some.
Here is some of what was served.
Rose Petal Quail Bites with Chorizo Stuffing and Sherry Sauce – Like Water For Chocolate
Cajun Shrimp Cocktail Shooters – Last Holiday
Ratatouillle Tasters – Ratatouille
For more information contact The Dock Book Shop
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Hi friends, This movie is soooo good. I have to tell you the truth. I cried… a lot! I went to see the movie opening night with my mom, sister and a close friend. As always, I took with me (hidden in my bag) a mini Skinny Girl margarita which I shared with my sister and friend. My mom who does not drink, thinks my sister and I are wimps because the movie made us cry. She thought for sure it was the margaritas and dubbed us all crying drunks. She got her giggles making fun of us for the rest of the night. Friend, I tell you all of this just to give you a heads up. Don’t take your mom or anyone with you to see this movie unless, she/they are your emotional equal. The unemotional will ruin it for you. Lol I won’t tell you anything more and spoil it for you but, I will say, “The Best Man Holiday is a must see for folks like us who love , love, love a banquet of romance, life drama and comedy.” By the way movie foodies, the food is pretty good too.
The Best Man Holiday was brilliantly directed and lovingly written by Malcolm D. Lee and stars four of Hollywood’s hottest and most delicious assortment of chocolate actors served up on a silver tray: Taye Diggs, Terrence Howard, Harold Perrineau, Morris Chestnut Yum! The movie is further leveraged by a beautiful bouquet of Hollywood sirens: Monica Calhoun, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long,Melissa De Sousa and Regina Hall. Put all of these folks together and what you have is sheer chemistry.
The Foodie scenes included a bountiful holiday dinner scene where Turkey is the bell of the ball all decked out in beautiful, bustling greens and Autumn fruits. It was the inspiration for this Fellini’s Kitchen Apple Cider and Buttermilk Brined, Smoked Thanksgiving Turkey. Look for it in Fellini’s Kitchen presents Act 4 – Hollywood Holiday Spreads coming soon.
Friend, you will laugh, you will cry but most of all you will enjoy this movie. See Best Man Holiday trailer
This year give the gift of Movie Foodie Fun! Give all of the foodies in your life Fellini’s Kitchen presents Reel to Real Recipes Cookbook on amazon.com.
FK’s – First Bites Cookbook
FK’s Entrees and Side Dishes Cookbook
FK’s Sampler Cookbook
In the fly away romantic comedy hit Baggage Claim the lovely yet unattached Montana (Paula Patton, wife of singer Robbin Thick) has more than great food on her plate. She is wooed and pursued by a cornicopia of gorgeous men: Taye Diggs, Djimon Hounsou, Derick Luke and Boris Kodjoe just to name a few. What can I say, I love all things yummy, food, men what ev. Lol
Okay, I am done licking my lips. Lets talk about the food. There was a little bit here and there and while the build up for the biggest food scene was nice, the director spent almost no time spotlighting the food. WTF! I could tell it was good stuff but I will have to wait for a DVD to see what was there.
I will update this post in a few months.
Christina Milian (a gal pal of my son J. Ryans) has a food related part in the movie. She makes Italian Doughnuts. I don’t know what that is but don’t worry I will find them. I will make them, I will share the recipe. By the way Jill Scott looks really good, right?
See a YouTube Trailer here: Baggage Claim
This year for the holidays give your favorite Foodie something they can sink their teeth into; Fellini’s Kitchen presents Reel to Real Recipes Cookbooks on amazon.com.
FK’s Entrees and Side Dishes Cookbook
FK’s – First Bites Cookbook
FK’s Sampler Cookbook