Dump a busload of American nerds, jocks, and cheerleaders in the middle of nowhere in Europe. What could possibly go wrong? Eh, they might get chased down by murderous butchers who want to use their flesh for burgers.
'Movies' on Serious Eats
With the Oscars coming up on Sunday, we felt like looking back at our favorite food movies over the years. Some of these picks aren't food movies per se but they still have some amazing scenes involving food. Take, for example, the notorious "I'll have what she's having" scene in When Harry Met Sally. We've also included the classics, like Babette's Feast and Tampopo. What are your favorites?
Who's watching the Oscars this Sunday? Does anyone else view the awards ceremony as a prime opportunity to think up geeky puns for the nominees? On the menu for this meal: Beets of the Southern Wild, Djambalaya Unchained with a side of Leek Misérables, and Life of Pecan Pie for dessert.
Ah, Hollywood. Land of broken dreams... Pshhh. Right. Maybe if you're a loser. But obviously, pizza is not a loser. Fact: Pizza is most decidedly a winner. Proof: Pizza is a big movie star. So, without further ado, here's a brilliant montage of pizza's greatest celebrity appearances.
Denny's is rolling out a Hobbit menu on November 6. Fanboys will appreciate Gandalf's Gobble Melt and especially the Shire Sausage.
Oscars and hot dogs might not seem like the most likely combination. That is, of course, until you think of one of America's most beloved hot dogs, the Oscar Mayer Wiener, and then you wonder why the two haven't been paired together earlier. Here are nine Oscar-themed hot dogs inspired by each of the films nominated for Best Picture. Everything from "The Parisian Dog" for Midnight in Paris with pâté and Dijon vinaigrette to the pineapple and Sriracha "Hawaii Dog" for The Descendants.
In Gereon Wetzel's new documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress, we follow Adrià and his staff as they enter El Bulli's six-month hiatus between seasons. They devote this uninterrupted chunk to developing new recipes for the upcoming year, a luxury unbeknownst to just about everyone else.
You might have already seen the Di Fara short documentary The Best Thing I Ever Done here on Slice (indeed, I just embedded it above again), but if you live in NYC, you can see it again, on the big screen, followed by a Q&A session with proprietor Dom DeMarco's daughter Margaret — and possibly Dom himself, if he's feeling up to it, says M. Emily MacKenzie, the film's director.
Need last minute menu ideas for tonight's Academy Awards viewing? Here are some punny dishes we came up with inspired by tonight's nominees and some of our favorite recipes. True Cheese Grits, Winter's Bone Marrow, Mark Ruffalo Wings, and more. Yeah, we're pretty big nerds.
In this Oscars-themed menu, each course represents one of the nominated films for Best Picture. Appletinis to start since Mark Zuckerberg enjoys them in The Social Network, pork pies in honor of The King's Speech (since the Brits love their meat pies), and for dessert, cowboy cookies for True Grit.
[Photograph: Sony Pictures] Famed Naples pizzeria L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele gets a star turn in the book-cum-movie Eat, Pray, Love, when Julia Roberts eats pizza there. Pizzeria Da Michele: Via Cesare Sersale 1, 80139, Naples, Italy (map); 081 5539204; damichele.net. [Photograph courtesy of Robert Sietsema] The scene is inspired from the following passage (after the jump) in Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling feel-good memoir....
Like the majority of other females between the ages of 20 and 60, I read Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. And I'm not ashamed to say, I enjoyed it, in a braincandy-beach-read kind of way. Today the film adaptation starring Julia Roberts comes out, and after an early screening, I must warn moviegoers: you will leave craving pasta. And gelato. Eaten with a teeny plastic spoon on a park bench next to nuns.
Documentary Ready, Set, Bag! follows eight state champion baggers from across the country working to win the National Grocers Association's Best Bagger competition. One of those baggers, Roger Chen from Alabama, is the subject of this uplifting auto-tuned anthem about bagging and practicing until you can't get it wrong.
The Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (M.O.F.) competition is the ne plus ultra of pastry-making. Chronicled in the documentary "Kings of Pastry" by D A Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus, it makes Top Chef seems like child's play.
This past week saw the first events of the Fourth Annual New York City Food Film Festival. On Thursday, I checked out the world-wide premiere of Florent: Queen of the Meat Market, a new documentary from director David Sigal. The film profiles famed NYC restauranteur Florent Morellet, whose eponymous restaurant in the meatpacking district transformed the neighborhood during its nearly 25 years of operation.
While the book came out in 2002 and the film in 2006, Fast Food Nation is still as relevant as ever. I checked out a film screening and Q&A with the film's director, Richard Linklater, and the book's author, Eric Schlosser. Many of the food policy issues are still unresolved.
Our friend Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, has just sold the film rights to her next book, Black Heels, to Columbia Pictures, reports Deadline. The film will be about "trading big city living for a wholesome simpler life." Who's going to play Ree? The movie is being developed for Reese Witherspoon. And who's going to play her husband, the Marlboro Man himself? Give your casting ideas here.
With Oscars on the mind, we started thinking about the great food films. This isn't a new topic here. From Babette's Feast to Tampopo to Julie & Julia (and maybe some love for Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle?), these are the films that make your stomach growl. Which is your favorite? Take the poll! »
Tonight marks the 82nd Annual Academy Awards—and any event that brings people together for extended television sessions demands a snack plan. We've rounded up some of our favorite Oscar-worthy recipes for your eating pleasure. All a big step up from plain old popcorn.
The smell. The taste. The texture. In how many ways does popcorn disgust you?