When it comes to the menu, use the best picture nominees for inspiration and enjoy an international feast of small bites and finger food. Set up a beautiful buffet tables and let everyone, relax, mix and mingle.
For Argo and Zero Dark Forty, try my favorite Middle East-inspired dips, Baba Ganoush and Roasted Red Pepper Dip with fresh vegetables and pita. If you want something heartier, enjoy mugs of Harira (a Middle Eastern Soup with Chicken, Chick-Peas and Lentils). Don’t forget the Roasted Almonds for nibbling.
For Life of Pi, travel to India with Curried Eggplant Soup Shots. Soup shots are a great addition to party of small bites and this one is delicious. Add a dish of Curried Green Bean Pickles to nibble.
For Silver Linings Playbook, try Philly-inspired football food or maybe a distant (very distant) cousin of the Philly Cheese Steak. How about Crostini with Beef Tenderloin, Stilton & Caramelized Onions & Mushrooms?
For Django Unchained, let the deep south inspired you with Barbecue Chicken. Keeping with the finger food theme, stick with chicken wings. They’ll be a bit messy but finger-licking good!
Lincoln is a bit of a tough one. Our 16th president was not particularly interested in food. However, he did have a fondness for cornbread so bake up a batch of your favorite cornbread.
To end the evening on a sweet note …
Mini Cups of Chocolate Mousse, Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt and Bananas Foster. For munching, add my Triple Threat Brownies and Root ‘n’ Tooty Good ‘n’ Fruity Oatmeal Cookies. Don’t forget to add a platter of beautiful fresh fruit.
Enjoy the party! Bon appétit!
What are your plans for Oscar Night? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.
© Susan W. Nye, 2013