09/22/2011 05:30 pm ET Updated Nov 22, 2011

Dinner and a Movie: The Hangover

Our videographer Elena Parker -- a serious food
and film buff -- is really good at throwing movie-themed dinner
parties. She and her friends cook together, serve up, and eat while
they watch.

We've asked her to share the menus for her favorite
films with us -- here's the latest installment: the
bromance/buddy comedy The Hangover.

The Hangover


I recently started school again and it's been a revelation in my
existence. So, when I started thinking about which movie to pick
for this week, one that would reflect my current mood, I attempted
to focus on awesome "school" movies: Rushmore, The Breakfast Club ...

But, then I got realistic settled on The Hangover.

The Hangover

The plot is simple. Four friends get together for a Bachelor
party in Vegas, only to wake up the next morning without their
memories of the night before ... or the groom. The remaining three
buddies (Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis) embark on
a quest to retrace the events of the previous night and thus
retrieve their missing pal before the impending wedding.
Galifiniakas makes a star turn as the groom's soon-to-be, slightly
off, brother-in-law Alan, as does a lost baby he dubs Carlos and a
tiger with a well-timed entrance. As you can guess, this movie
takes both the characters and you lots of places you wouldn't
expect to go.

The Hangover  The Hangover

So, at this point, you must be looking for a really good
intellectual connection between The Hangover and my
studies--the kind of statement that would turn your original
assumptions about my motives completely on their head. I could
throw out something like, "The Hangover actually is an
interesting case study in the evolution of genre in which director
Todd Phillips took the structure of the screwball comedy and removed the
threatening headstrong female heroine." Sure ... I could get all
feminist film theory creepy on you ...

Or I could also be real and say that not only is this movie
hilarious and diverting, but I've also needed a touch of
hangover-recovery food lately. And because my mind makes movie
connections without any prompting ... when I think of hangover
brunch, I also think of the scene in which our heroes eat breakfast
and begin to discover "leads" as to what exactly they did the night

The Hangover  The Hangover

So, here you have it: Food52's best cures for a night out that
lasted a little too long. No puny eggs here! Ham, horseradish,
potatoes, waffles with a name that Alan would probably really
appreciate ... and, okay, do also eat the brussels sprouts. They've
got bacon in them.

Hangover Brunch

Horseradish Vodka Bloody Mary
by NWB

Horseradish Vodka Bloody Mary

Grilled Brussels Sprouts by

Grilled Brussels Sprouts

A Medley of Roasted Potatoes with Homemade
Za'atar & Aleppo Pepper
by onetribegourmet

A Medley of Roasted Potatoes with Homemade Za'atar & Aleppo Pepper

Smoked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses, Black
Pepper and Mustard Glaze
by TasteFood

Smoked Ham with Pomegranate Molasses, Black Pepper and Mustard Glaze

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane
by Genius Recipes

Aretha Frankenstein's Waffles of Insane Greatness

Want more movie menus? See what Elena's serving with
Some Like It Hot and Amélie.