Chow Down Brown: An Oscar-inspired menu

The event of the year is finally upon us: the Academy Awards are airing tomorrow night, and after so many months of anticipation, we really couldn’t be more excited. Whether you’ve prepared by spending your winter break camped out in the movie theater, making predictions of your own, or fantasizing about your dream Oscar wardrobe, tomorrow evening’s show is sure not to disappoint.

In celebration of my favorite event of the awards season, I have decided to host a screening party of my own, complete with a few homemade movie-inspired dishes. made the selection process quite easy, creatively compiling nine multi-course menus inspired by this year’s Best Picture nominees. Though Hush Puppies (Beasts of the Southern Wild) and Philly Cheese Steaks (Silver Linings Playbook) were incredibly tempting, I also had to consider that a college student’s time and financial budget are pretty limited. It was for this reason I settled on two more simple, yet still delicious, dishes to satisfy my roommates’ insatiable appetites ring in this cinematic celebration. Sure, my meal is lacking a main course, but who isn’t willing to skip straight to dessert anyway?

Tabbouleh (inspired by Zero Dark Thirty)

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You may be familiar with this Middle Eastern side dish, especially since it is a mainstay in the Blue Room sandwich line. This refreshing salad is surprisingly easy to make, with ingredients that are readily available at every super market. Don’t be intimidated by its foreign spelling, let alone pronunciation (ta-boo-lee?, ta-boo-lay? Who knows…) – this one is quick, easy, and can compliment any entrée.
Maple Sugar Pie
(inspired by Argo)


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In the spirit of the Best Picture frontrunner, this traditional Canadian dessert turned out ooey-er, gooey-er, and even more indulgent than I could have anticipated. Sure, I may have bought a graham cracker crust instead of making my own pie dough, and sure, I may have bought pecans instead of walnuts (sue me, I can’t tell the difference between nuts, they all taste the same anyway), but the final result did not disappoint. All the ingredients were found at East Side Mini-Mart, and the pie itself looked like it came straight out of my grandma’s kitchen in Vancouver instead of my toaster oven. What more could you ask for?

Whether you’re looking forward to the Oscars for Seth MacFarlane, the inevitable upsets, or more reasons to make fun of Anne Hathaway, any of these menu items will serve as a great accompaniment to Hollywood’s biggest night. Why let the celebrities have all the fun?

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