Oscar Drinks, Desserts & (Most Importantly) Dresses

February 22, 2013

We were so smitten with this mashup of drinks, desserts, and classic Oscar dresses from last year, we felt it was fitting to revisit. Happy Oscar viewing!

liz taylor  roman punch
Liz Taylor, 1961 + Nineteenth Century Roman Punch by amanda

Let's face it: the Oscars aren't really about the movies. The night itself is a spectacle -- a place where our favorite movie stars come out to play, in all of their weird, fabulous, bedazzled glory. Lucky for us, in the last 84 years, these characters have really done it up, providing both the epitome of endearing class and some of the worst outfit choices we've ever seen.

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So this year, we're offering you a different way to celebrate Oscar night -- by paying homage to the best and worst of red carpet style. From Audrey to Gwyneth, Barbra to Bjork, here are 12 desserts and drinks to commemorate the reason we all really watch the show: cheering and jeering the evening's fashion choices. 

Despite some of the stars' missteps below, we think that the food pairings are all solid 10s.

Gwyneth Paltrow, 1999
Yuzu I zu by Teri 

gwyneth paltrow 


Barbra Striesand, 1969
Chocolate Fantasy Brownie Bites by drbabs

barbra streisand  brownie bites


Celine Dion, 1999
My Favorite Pina Colada by merrill

celine dion  pina colada


Lizzy Gardiner, 1995
Pine Nut Brittle with Rosemary by Ms. T

lizzy gardiner  pine nut brittle with rosemary


Audrey Hepburn, 1954
Meyer Lemon Macarons by DolcettoConfections

audrey hepburn  meyer lemon macaron


Julia Roberts, 2001
Chocolate Bundt Cake by KelseytheNaptimeChef 

julia roberts  chocolate bundt cake


Kate Winslet, 2002
Kentucky Hot Toddy by Table9 

kate winslet  kentucky hot toddy


Halle Berry, 2002
Lemon Pepper Shortbread with Cherry Jam by DolcettoConfections

halle berry  lemon pepper shortbread with cherry jam


Trey Parker & Matt Stone, 2000
Retro Raspberry Lime Rickey by cheese1227

trey parker & matt stone  raspberry lime rickeys


Cher, 1988
Applesauce Cake with Caramel Glaze by merrill

cher  applesauce cake


Bjork, 2001
Nancy Silverton's Whipped Cream from Genius Recipes

bjork  whipped cream


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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.


Laura D. February 24, 2013
Fun combos!
Bevi February 22, 2013
I missed this the first time! Great fun!
Kitchen B. February 28, 2012
Don't tire of hearing me say, 'You rock, food52. You rock'. Gorgeous pairings!
Cookie16 February 27, 2012
Really fun spread of celeb combinations, but I wished this article has posted a week or before the Oscars, instead of a few days before, when I had already purchased all my Oscar eats and alcohol. I know posting wise, the Oscars may not be on people's mind just yet, but if we're going to be practical about it, it would have helped to be posted a little sooner.

Nevertheless, a really fun article!
LORI J. February 27, 2012
fabulous great choices on memorable moments and the culinary match! thank you
mariaraynal February 27, 2012
So fun and smart! New rule for dinner parties: match your ensemble with the menu.
thirschfeld February 27, 2012
I can't believe Fugly Lentils and Drunken Pig wasn't paired.
AntoniaJames February 22, 2013
Too funny, Mr H!! ;o)
cheese1227 February 26, 2012
This is really visually funny! Kind of like when they say people start to look like their dogs....
Robin O. February 26, 2012
So glad that one of my favorite new cakes is associated with Cher!
lorigoldsby February 26, 2012
Brillant and cheeky!
BronaCos February 26, 2012
Wonderful pairings!
LeBec F. February 26, 2012
I am SUCH a visual person, and I just had the BEST time delighting in these pairings! I was particularly thrilled by the playful eye that caught that Cher analogy. Brilliant!!
SqueakyChu February 26, 2012
MissBliss February 26, 2012
Such fun! Thanks for sharing! I can't wait to whip some of these up!
jenniebgood February 25, 2012
These are wonderful - such perfect pairings!
Sagegreen February 25, 2012
This is just too fun. Dress pairings: Brilliant!
blacksbread /. February 25, 2012
I truly enjoy being wowed by all of you with the intelligence and creativity of your site - this collection is especially brilliant and so much fun ~
Midge February 25, 2012
Love this!
Waverly February 25, 2012
Elenakathryn - fantastic article - so much fun - pairing food with Oscar dresses is a delight. Thanks Food52 for inspiring what is going to be a great night for food AND movies!
Carafe February 25, 2012
How is this site free? Everything about it is so precious and wonderful.