I am into the idea of doing a theme-y "dinner and a movie." Anyone have favorite food scenes in movies that could inspire a menu?

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Shannon July 26, 2017
"Woman on Top" Brazilian fish stew.
 
dinner A. July 25, 2017
The entire plot of the madcap early Pedro Almodovar movie "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" hinges on (sleeping pill doped) gazpacho that one character makes -- she even recites her recipe at one point. It's a really fun movie and it's just about tomato season!
 
Oscar C. July 25, 2017
Spirited Away, or any movie from Studio Ghibli really, has some really great food scenes, and would benefit from a small plates/snacking kind of evening.
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MMH July 24, 2017
You could binge the Sopranos using The Sopranos Cookbook.. The recipes correspond to episodes and are "written" by the characters.
 
MMH July 24, 2017
And, your guests could assume their identities. Each character "writes" notes about the circumstances around serving the dishes.
 
PHIL July 24, 2017
Lambchop , you are thinking of Burn.
 
Exbruxelles July 24, 2017
Ratatouille.
 
PHIL July 24, 2017
Jon Favreau's Chef , basically the whole movie.
 
sexyLAMBCHOPx July 24, 2017
I agree and Bradley Copper is super hot!
 
dinner A. July 24, 2017
Tampopo! So many possibilities from this movie, beginning with but not limited to the perfect bowl of ramen...
 
gochuGoose July 24, 2017
What a fantastic movie! I'd especially recommend one of the first scenes where they re-enact a story Ken Watanabe's character is reading - https://youtu.be/6WrkdTrrwew.

Or, the French restaurant scene - https://youtu.be/PcMaZLiqVpI

Also, the spaghetti scene - https://youtu.be/sNAZmLmyCJk
 
Lindsay-Jean H. July 24, 2017
We used to have a series on this topic by the late Elena Parker, here are a few of them: https://food52.com/blog/2015-dinner-and-a-movie-vicky-cristina-barcelona, https://food52.com/blog/1914-dinner-and-a-movie-the-age-of-innocence, https://food52.com/blog/2583-dinner-a-movie-to-kill-a-mockingbird
 
Nancy July 24, 2017
Also, after I wrote, found the series here including Alton Brown Food in Film running with Metrograph "Food on Film" series
Garlic is as good as
https://food52.com/blog/18397-how-this-1980-film-is-the-forerunner-to-the-modern-day-food-documentary
Cook, Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
https://food52.com/blog/18381-when-revenge-becomes-justice-in-this-cult-classic-food-film
Also 3 on Big Night, Babette's Feast and Eat Drink Man Woman, which have already been suggested.
 

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BerryBaby July 23, 2017
"Big Night"! All traditional Italian food and LOTS of it! My all time favorite food movie.
 
dinner A. July 24, 2017
I especially love the last scene in this movie in which Secondo cooks eggs, in silence and with grace.
 
PieceOfLayerCake July 23, 2017
This movie kinda sucks, but in Sofia Coppola's "Marie Antoinette", there's a part where they absolutely go bananas on the most sumptuous pastries and French confectionary. Inspirational. Its laced with scenes of overflowing champagne coupes, bizarre 18th century fashion, compulsive gambling and really couldn't serve as the inspiration for an entire menu, but its wildly fun.

As for something more useful, pretty much the entirety of "Julie & Julia" is fabulous food porn. You wouldn't necessarily even need to do Julia Child recipes, but provincial French cuisine is full of incredible, simple dishes.
 
Nancy July 23, 2017
Depends on how elaborate or simple, costly or economical, vegetarian or omnivore, you want to make your evening.
First one that jumps to mind for me is the chef father cooking for his family in "Eat Drink Man Woman."
But/and here are search results with lists of top movie meals and some with recipes. From "Lady and the Tramp" spaghetti to "Babette's Feast" caille en sarcophage.
https://www.google.ca/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=famous+movie+meals
Good hunting, cooking, eating.
You ARE planning to rent the chosen movie to run that evening, yes?
 
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