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Tiger Tails by The Donut Man
Tiger Tails by The Donut Man

You’re hosting an Oscar party, but what to serve?  Can’t go with the lame chips and dip, right? You have to play up some, if not all, of the Best Picture nods if you’re going to throw down with the best of them.

First of all, the obvious film for food is “Life of Pi,” because it’s sort of in the title, right?  One must serve pie on this night, even if there was no actual pie, apple or otherwise to be found in the film.

Another tasty idea is to serve these delicious donuts called Tiger Tails from The Donut Man in Glendora, California. The donut shop was featured on Food Network’s “America’s Bests: Top Ten Sweets” show a couple years ago, and their film crews were back out in early February to film again for a segment on “The Next Food Network Star.”

Want to see how Tiger Tails are made? Check it out:

For “Lincoln,” I see going with Lincoln’s favorite foods – chicken fricassee and biscuits. I love that word “fricassee.” It conjures up Foghorn Leghorn “I say, I say, boy.” Try this recipe from Mr. Food on for size and proudly wear your chef’s cap like Lincoln did with his stovepipe hat.

Since “Argo” took place in Iran in a Canadian embassy with American operatives, you could go many different ways with this. I say start off with some Canadian maple-glazed American peanuts followed by a traditional Iranian shirazi salad served with lavash bread.

The salad is simple and refreshing. Just chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions and toss with lemon juice (or lime juice), olive oil, mint, and salt and pepper. My mouth waters as I type this.

football foods“Silver Linings Playbook” had an underlying football theme, so go with traditional Sunday football fare like pizza, buffalo wings, and beer. What guy would say no to that?

As “Amour” is the only foreign language film nominated for Best Picture, I’d go with croissants and slices of fruit and cheese. A nice beaujolais would pair well with this. With this food option, you could kill two birds with one stone and say it’s for “Les Miserables,” too!

“Beasts of the Southern Wild” just begs for crawfish, po boys and shrimp grits, doesn’t it?

For “Django Unchained” fans, I say Southern fried chicken, fried green tomatoes, cornbread and sweetened ice tea is a must.

As “Zero Dark Thirty” takes place in the Middle East, you could go with a similar menu as the latter half of “Argo” listed above and add some hummus and tabbouleh to the mix. Make your own hummus by blending a couple cans of chickpeas, garlic, olive oil, salt, and tahini.  Better than store bought, and you can make it as garlicky as you want.

These are just a few ideas, but you get the picture … BEST PICTURE, that is.

Leave your own Oscar-themed recipes and ideas in the comments below. 

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