Hindenburg party menu

This Friday is the anniversary of the Hindenburg disaster (1937) and a friend and I decided awhile ago to throw a themed cocktail party for it. (We're not being morbid--it's just such a good excuse to make people dress up!) I've spent weeks fine-tuning my time-appropriate cocktail recipes, but now I'm looking for savory hors d'oeuvres suggestions. They need to be fairly simple and fast. I'm already thinking to do macaroons and chips with dip. What are your ideas for a star 1937 finger food? (And no offense to the incredible Fig and Blue Cheese savouries, but I've made that recipe at least 6 times in the last 4 months and I want to do something different.) Thanks for the help!



beyondcelery May 7, 2011
Sorry; I'm guessing no one can read that menu, so here are my own three cocktails.
Tokyo Geisha: 1.5oz gin, .5oz midori, chilled ginger tea, dash lime juice
Tesla's Coil: 1oz spiced rum, 1oz blueberry rum, .5oz ginger simple syrup, splash lemon juice, ginger ale, twist lemon peel
Peeler's Pike: 1.5oz whiskey, .5oz lemon juice, dash ginger simple syrup, soda water
beyondcelery May 7, 2011
I decided on: Chevre Devils, Spice-Brined Pecans (and almonds), vegan gluten-free macaroons, and fresh pineapple and strawberries. They all disappeared into the mouths of happy guests! Of course, the real stars of the night were the cocktails. I'm proud to say that my own three creations on the menu were the most requested! (Tokyo Geisha, Tesla's Coil, and Peeler's Pike) You can see the menu in the image. Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone!
beyondcelery May 4, 2011
Thanks for all the suggestions, everyone! When I decide, I'll post the menu.
Sadassa_Ulna May 3, 2011
when I googled menu 1937 this was the first search item: http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/award_ceremonies/banquet/menus/menu-1937.html
ichibanbrianne May 3, 2011
Just that this is the best cocktail party theme ever. I think pate or liver dishes, smoked fish, pickles would be fabulous. There's a Bavarian cheese dip Obatzda which looks interesting. If you have access to a German bakery, pretzel rolls are to die for spread with fancy butter.
Sam1148 May 3, 2011
Cheese plate. Pâté (both liver and Veggie). Bread and Crackers, Fruits.
Shrimp Cocktails (in martini glasses on bed of shredded lettuce topped with cocktail sauce and lemon wedges on the glass rim).

Smoked salmon with capers and horseradish cream sauce, Deviled eggs, Cavier. Escargot (maybe..).
Cucumber Sandwiches. Watercress Sandwiches. Scones,

Brown Derby Grapefruit Cake...Cobb Salad. http://www.disneyfoodblog.com/2010/03/03/grapefruit-cake-recipe-from-the-hollywood-brown-derby/

Or a Ceaser salad.

Martinis. Scotch on the rocks,. Wiskey, Brandy, Club soda and lemon/lime.
melissav May 3, 2011
How about potted crab or potted salmon? There recipes for both from the new york times that are included in Amanda's NYT Essential cookbook.
beyondcelery May 3, 2011
Lol, prettyPeas, that's hilarious! I may do something with pineapple, but there will be too many vegetarians and vegans at the party to do something with Spam and not incur some sort of wrathful tossing off of the airship.
prettyPeas May 3, 2011
Sounds fun!! Although you are probably looking for good food, my first googling of 1937 food brings up that Spam was invented in 1937. And I believe pineapple was quite the status symbol back in those days, so grilled spam and pineapple skewers stuck into an additional pineapple might even show you were wealthy enough to take a ride on an airship yourself.
beyondcelery May 3, 2011
Oh yum! Thanks, hardlikearmour. Stuffed dates seem to be ageless--to me, anyway. And how on earth did I miss those spice-brined nuts?
hardlikearmour May 3, 2011
Have you tried gingerroot's chevre devils? They are ridiculously delicious (though I don't know if they fit a 1937 theme.) http://www.food52.com/recipes/5277_chevre_devils
Also some of AntoniaJames' spice-brined nuts would be a good addition. http://www.food52.com/recipes/7334_crispy_spicebrined_pecans
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