Dinner & a Movie: Singin' in the Rain

June 10, 2011

Our videographer Elena Parker -- a serious food and film buff -- is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner parties. She and her friends cook together, serve up, and eat while they watch.

We've asked her to start sharing the menus for her favorite films with us -- here's the fifth installment: the classic musical Singin' in the Rain.

Singin' in the Rain

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- Elena

The heat does several things to me: it makes me tired, it makes me sweat and, because of both of those previous things, it makes me pretty angry. Naturally, I turn to movies for all the things that ail me and, for those heat-related bothers, there is not a single better cure than Singin' in the Rain.

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I don't believe that the story of the silent film star, Don Lockwood (Gene Kelly) needs much of an introduction. After sound enters the film industry, Don and his insufferably high-pitched screen partner Lina Lamont (Jean Hagen, in the most highly underrated film villain role of all time) must adjust to the technology. Enter Kathy Seldon (Debbie Reynolds), with a voice to match Lina's looks. Of course, the most glorious parts of the film have little to do with the 'plot'. Regardless of the fact that the story is quite flawless, my favorite scenes mostly consist of the dancing. "Make 'em Laugh," with the incomparable Donald O'Connor, the incredibly catchy "Good Mornin'...," scene and, of course, the unforgettable images of Gene Kelly dancing through the storm.

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Singin' in the Rain will not only erase every single negative, heat-induced thought from your head, I also believe that this flick servers as a spiritual plea to the Film Gods. If we all think about that single image of Gene Kelly grabbing a streetlamp and embracing the downpour, I think the powers that be will hear us and the rain will appear, cutting the insufferable heat down to size. And then we shall all have a smile on our collective faces.

Singin' in the Rain

But, in case it doesn't work (those Film Gods can be fickle) ... we can always enjoy the following meal, which derives itself mostly from the spirit of "Good Mornin'..." and, of course, the cake out of which Kathy emerges the first time we see her dance.

Eating, not necessarily in the Rain

Magical Coffee by ErinH

Magical Coffee


Asparagus with Pancetta by amanda

Asparagus with Pancetta


Soft Scrambled Eggs by merrill

Scrambled Eggs

Pistachio Meringue Stack with Rose Cream and Strawberries by Heena

Pistachio Meringue Stack with Rose Cream and Strawberries


See what Elena's serving with The Age of Innocence, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, City Lights, and Jaws.


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    Kristen Miglore
Currently a Creative Technologist working over at Campfire. Recent grad of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where I played around with interactive video and mobile storytelling. Former video and editing accomplice here @ Food52. In other lives: worked on the HBO Documentary Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain & The New York Public Library’s Biblion: The Boundless Library. At the moment, I'm really into feta.


KenonThompson June 13, 2011
At least I am not alone when it comes to the heat bringing anger. If we could happily skip to fall without compromising the sunlight (for my herbs growing) that would be awesome!

I am definitely going to try the magical coffee recipe tomorrow, it looks and sounds pretty great.
Sadassa_Ulna June 12, 2011
This is one of our family favorites, I love the idea of this movie providing refreshment from hot weather. My kids still want to watch this if they're home sick from school. I love that you are highlighting this!
kr2160 June 11, 2011
you are right- Jean Hagan is one of the most underrated villains of all time.
vvvanessa June 10, 2011
(fyi: the links to the magical coffee and pistachio meringue stack recipes lead back to this page.)
Kristen M. June 10, 2011
Thanks for the heads up -- fixed!
vvvanessa June 10, 2011
yay! my all-time favorite film!