Ultimate Awards Party Menu Recipes

Golden Globes, American Music Awards, Grammy Night and the Oscars are among the biggest event nights not just for the stars going to glamorous but millions more people take the time to gather for celebration.  As we root for a our favorite singer, rapper, actor or movie we munch and sip the night away.  A great way to plan your menu especially when it comes to film award shows is by genre.  One year MCCN took a suggestion from a commenter about the concept of an Avatini.  We searched for Blue Martini recipe and named it the Avatini of course of one of the most celebrated films of the year.  In 2011 True Grit presents an opportunity to pull out a gourmet shrimp and grits recipe.  In the social Network Justin Timberlake orders a round of appletini’s.   Each year the nominations may follow a particular culture prominently featured in the film.  It presents easy idea.  Champagne and Sparkling Cider are always the celebration night old standby.  Here are some options.  Send us your suggestions.

Music Awards

  • Cupcakes are very trendy right now with so many expressions just like music they are great finger food.  Some of the best cupcake spots include Big Man Bakes, Brooklyn Cupcakes, Cupcake and Cookie…READ MORE.   (Photo Cupcake Wars Winner Cupcake and Cookie)
  • Try your hand at Chicken and Waffle or pick up some.  Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles made them famous but many restaurants have incorporated this pairing in their menu. Fried or Jerk Chicken wings are great with this.
  • Music awards are often the crossroads of casual meets glamor so we suggest grilled cheese and wine.  See Grilled Cheese and Wine Pairings.

Film Awards

Films Set in England

  • Wassail Recipe– It’s a great way to warm up your guests coming in from the Cold

Films Set in France: 

  • Escargo in Garlic and Butter
  • Crepes
  • Champagne

Films Set in Manhattan, NY

Asian Themed Films:

Western Movies or Country Music Awards

Films Set in Mexico

Michelada (Oaxacan Beer Cocktail)

Sweet Tamales

Sports Films

  • Cracker Jacks
  • Chicago Hot Dog

Films taking places in Latin Countries (Central America, Cuba, Puerto Rico)

Puerto Rico:

  • Pina Colada
  • Empanadas

Cuba or (City of Miami) : Mojito

Films Set in Italy/Italian American Films

Films set in West Africa(Sierra Leone, Gambia, Nigeria,…)

Films Set in the Middle East

Hummus Recipe

Films Set in India

Films Set in the Caribbean

Golden Globe 2010 Menu: Feeding the Stars

2009 Golden Globe Award Winner Kate Winslet

As one of Hollywood’s most celebrated events of the year, the Golden Globes are viewed by millions of people in over 150 countries worldwide. And we generally know what to expect by the time the 67th annual ceremony rolls around on Jan. 17— the bright lights, gilded statuettes and round tables filled with celebrities. The only thing you probably aren’t used to seeing is what the stars are eating for dinner.

The thought of some celebrities actually eating a real meal might surprise the fans who watch them on screen showcasing their well-trained physiques, but part of the time-honored traditions of this event—held every year at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills—is the food.

This year is no different, albeit a little less flashy than you might expect. According to a recent Associated Press article, the menu includes herb-crusted mozzarella and grilled eggplant salad over vine ripe tomatoes, braised beef short ribs and artichoke sweet pepper ragout, as well as sautéed sea bass with truffle endive fritto.

Moet, still the official champagne brand of the Globes for the past 16 years, will be adding some social lubricant to the party with personal-sized bottles topped with mini-champagne flutes.

For dessert, a chocolate concoction, called “The Envelope Please,” includes a dark chocolate truffle filled with chocolate mousse and mandarin orange jelly sitting next to a chocolate envelope with a thin letter-sized piece of chocolate poking out of it.

With approximately 1300 guests in attendance, the challenge of serving and satisfying the diverse pallets of everyone from Zoe Saldana to Mickey Rourke has to be a challenge, And can you imagine having to plan a menu six months in advance just to make sure everything is perfect? Soon a team of over 100 chefs will be working from 6 a.m. to midnight the day of the awards all the way to the last minute before service ends.

But maybe it helps that the culinary staff will be using some familiar products. With an eye towards fresh, California cooking and the use of native products, the menu for the Globes this year is steeped in predictably tasty local flavors. Organized by Beverly Hilton executive chef Suki Sugiura (a four-time veteran of the Golden Globes) the menu is one that seems to symbolize Hollywood’s health-conscious culture, minus the dessert. And even though Hollywood surpassed $10 billion dollars in box office profit, it’s nice to see that the menu keeps things modest and light.

Article by Nate Jackson

Dinner & The Golden Globes Best Picture Nominee Review

With the Golden Globes on Sunday here is a quick breakdown of the best picture category of the diverse films nominated:

 Avatar
Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox

The Movie: Avatar is perhaps one of the greatest technical films in cinematic history and has racked up the box office numbers to become the second highest grossing film in history. James Cameron proves that he is a true visionary by turning in a breathtaking film. Avatar is a contender, but due to script issues it could end up on the outside looking in.

The Dinner: Zoe Saldana, Avatar’s star, hails from Puerto Rico. Serve someCrunchy cod fritters) or empanadillas (turnovers with lobster, crab or beef) to sample some of the great cuisine.

Bacalaitos

Up In The Air
Paramount Pictures; Paramount Pictures

Its strange to say that Up in the Air is a dark horse, but with a unfamiliarly brilliant mix of comedy and drama Up in the Air could either be hailed as a film of the moment and steal the Golden Globe, or it could be slammed as opportunistic and be passed over. Either way it has solid performances and a script that will make you laugh and think at the same time.

The Dinner: Have a cheese tasting session with a good pairing wine to experience a bit of Wisconsin, George Clooney’s character’s home.

The Hurt Locker
Voltage Pictures; Summit Entertainment

The Movie: Directed by Katheryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker is an in depth look at one of the most intense jobs in the War on Terror: Bomb defusing. The Film features Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie in a very intense ride through a tour in Iraq. Look for The Hurt Locker to win if the Hollywood Foreign Press can get around the public perception of current war films.

The Dinner: While C-Rations would be fitting, try serving a skewer with either beef or lamb along with some hummus and flatbread.

Inglorious Bastards/Brad Pitt

Inglourious Basterds
The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg GmbH Production; The Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures

The Movie: Quentin Tarantino delivers a film that was in the making allegedly as long as Avatar, however with Basterds Tarantino capitalizes on his skills as a writer and creates a taut film that utilizes every character and actor fully. Its hard to say if the Hollywood Foreign Press will vote for this film over Hurt Locker, but its hard to count Tarantino out of anything when he’s crafted such a great film.

The Dinner: Try Knockwurst and saurkrat paired with a great German Beer like a Krombacher or Beck’s.

Precious: Based On The Novel Push By Sapphire
A Lee Daniels Entertainment / Smokewood Entertainment Group Production; Lionsgate

The Movie: Precious burst onto the scene at Sundance and between its presenters (Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry) and its strong box office run it isn’t hard to say Precious is a strong contender. With recent festival wins and strong performances from Mariah Carey, Moniqiue, and Paula Patton you can’t count out this indie film that could.

The Dinner: After a well crafted but tough film to watch, cut and serve a slice of New York Cheesecake to cheer your party up a bit.

Review by Michael Fusco, MCCN Movie Critic