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: 

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:

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

Best Pumpkin Recipes of World Wide Web

Carved by MCCN Chef Jay Bonilla

From pumpkin soups to pumpkin pie MCCN has you covered with recipes regarding the North America native food, pumpkin. Click on a Recipe:

Pumpkin Beignets

Double Layer Pumpkin Cheese Cake



Thai-spiced Pumpkin Soup

Pumpkin Egg Nog Bread Pudding

Pumpkin Whoopie Pies


Award Winning Black Bean and Pumpkin Chili

Pumpkin and Shrimp Soup Recipe by Chef Jay Jones

History of the Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Bread

France: Bastille Day

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Bastille Day is the French national holiday celebrated every year on July 14th. When in France, you may call the holiday La Fête Nationale (National Celebration), or Le Quatorze Juillet (the fourteenth of July).

The holiday memorializes the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, a festive commemoration held on the first anniversary of the July 14th, 1789 storming of the Bastille fortress-prison.

The storming of the Bastille was an episode in French history where protesters demonstrated against the tyrannical royal authority and raided the Bastille for arms and ammunition. To the citizens, the prison was the ultimate symbol of royal oppression and autocracy. Prisoners included   people jailed on flimsy, arbitrary royal indictments and political prisoners imprisoned for publishing material found offensive to the royal court.

Serving as the flashpoint for the French Revolution, the storming of the Bastille gave way to the abolishment of feudalism and the proclamation of the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen.

Festivities include a national parade, picnic, ball and garden party, all attended by President of the Republic.

Celebrate France’s steps towards democracy with these recipes for Bastille Day.

Check out Wikipedia for more Bastille Day history.

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Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus With Wine Herb Sauce


  • -1 cup heavy cream
    -One bunch asparagus
    -One package Phyllo dough
    -2 tbsp thyme
    -2 tbsp savory
    -2 cups white wine
    -4 tbsp butter
    -Quick release spray
    -Olive oil


Salt and Pepper
-One large sheet pan
-One medium saucepan
-One balloon whisk
-Serving bowl

Preheating 375°

Brush asparagus with olive oil
Heat medium saucepan
Add wine, savory, thyme, and butter
Add asparagus and poach for 5 minutes
Remove asparagus and set aside
Reduce wine by half
Season asparagus with salt and pepper
Wrap three stalks of asparagus with Phyllo
Spray in large sheet pan with release spray
Lay wrapped asparagus on sheet pan
Bake until Phyllo is golden brown

For service
Arrange wrapped asparagus on plate
And sauce to a bowl

For More Recipes visit Chef Jay Jones at : http://www.facebook.com/#/chefjaync?ref=ts

Indian Food Spotlight: Alu Ki Tikki (Potato Patties)

Aloo ki Tikki, Indian food, potato fritters,

Indian Appetizer usually served with chutney sauce


1 lb potatoes (approx. 2 large)

2 tsp salt

1 bay leaf

1 cup fresh or frozen peas

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 red onion

1 inch piece ginger

1 to 2 green chilies (or serrano)

tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground turmeric

2 tbsp chickepea flour (also called – besan, chana, or gram flour)

1/2 fresh lemon (1 tbsp lemon juice)

1/2 tsp garam masala

(chickpea flour)

3 tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil*

tbsp chickepea flour (also called – besan, chana, or gram flour)

1/2 fresh lemon (1 tbsp lemon juice)

It’s a very simple mix of potatoes, peas, onion, ginger, chilies, spices and a touch of fresh lemon juice. To bind it all together you add a bit of besan (chickpea flour). Then you form it into patties and then fry.


Peel and cut the potatoes into about 1″-inch dice.

Then cover with cold water, add the salt and bay leaf and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat down to a simmer and let cook until soft enough to mash, about 15 minutes or so.

Meanwhile go ahead and cook the peas.

Once the potatoes are just cooked through (soft enough to mash, but not mushy), drain and add back to the hot pot and set aside. This will dry out the potatoes a bit while you go ahead and prepare the rest of your mise en place.

To prepare the mirepoix, finely dice the onions, ginger and green chilies. If you like things spicy, add both chilies with or without the seeds. Now, set this all aside while you mash the potatoes.

To fry the mirepoix heat a fry pan over medium high heat. Once hot add the oil, followed by the the onions, ginger and chilies. et cook for about a minute until the onions just start to soften. Then add all of the spices and let cook for a few seconds until aromatic.

To mix the patties, gently fold together the potatoes, peas, onion-spice mixture, chickpea flour and lemon juice.

If adding the cilantro, finely chop and add to the mix.

To form the patties, take about an 1/8 of a cup and form into golf ball-like rounds. Then gently press them flat to form patties.

Up to this step can be done several hours ahead of time, covered and stored in the refrigerator until ready to cook.

To fry the patties use a good non-stick fry pan, if you have one.

Serve the patties either warm or room temperature with tamarind, tomato, or mint chutney.

If desired, sprinkle the tops of the patties with a bit of chat masala.

Heat the pan, over medium heat, once hot add the oil, followed by the patties. Once golden brown on the one side, flip and continue to cook on the other side.

Once golden brown and heated through place onto a plate lined with paper towels.

* Note: The amount of oil you use is up to you, basically it is just used for color. The more oil you use the more evenly golden they will be.

Serve the patties either warm or room temperature with tamarind, tomato, or mint chutney. If desired, sprinkle the tops of the patties with a bit of chat masala.

Recipe from Rouxbe Cooking School