True Grits & Other Oscar Night Recipes

02/22/2011 12:29 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011


Oscar night is a big deal in my family, and last year, Cara joined me for an intimate Oscar night meal. Whether you're having over two people or twenty for the red carpet stargazing, these two menus--one for a 2011 themed Best Picture potluck, the other for a classic Oscar night dinner party--will make sure everyone enjoys the food as much as they will the eye candy. Make sure you have people submit their ballots before the viewing begins, and perhaps have a box of sweet treats on hand as a prize for the winner of the pool.

--Phoebe Lapine of Big Girls, Small Kitchen



Best Picture Potluck Party

Assign guests a Best Picture nominee and have them bring a dish based on the film. Here are some of my suggestions. Some are literal, some are puns, some simply play off the cuisine featured in the films, and some are just plain silly. We asked our fans on Facebook for their suggestions, and would love to hear your ideas below!

True Grits with Southwestern Shrimp

Black Swan Bottomed Blondies

Winter's T-Bone Tacos

Fighter Black (Bean) Eyes

Mark Ruffalo's Green Market Crudites

Inception "Peeling-Back-the-Onion-Layers" Tart

Buzz Lightyear's Spiked Lemonade

Coconut Cake Fit for the King's Speech

Mark Zuckerberg's Favorite Dorm Room Ramen

127 Hours Wingless Chickens


Classic Oscar Night Dinner Party Menu

Red Carpet Avocado and Radish Crostini

Sweet and Savory Starlette Chicken Stew

Hollywood Blonde Yellow Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting

"Golden Statues" i.e. Elderflower Fizz