We received a letter from a reader telling us how how much she loved the scene in Desk Set (a film that Amy Ephron's parents' wrote) where Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy make fried chicken and floating island! And since it's Oscar Season, it inspired us to ask some of our contributors what their favorite food scenes in movies are...
Favorite food scene! I won't say it was the Dead, which involved sitting in front of fish-fed goose for three weeks! I would have to say Tom Jones, the scene where Joyce Redman and Albert Finney eat Lobster....
The scene in Ron Howard's Splash where Daryl Hannah attacks the shellfish in the fancy restaurant mermaid-style and the scene in Big where Tom Hanks razor nibbles the baby ears of corn the way a kid would. In character, ingenious and hilarious in both instances.
I guess the most memorable food scene in movies for me is from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? when Jane serves her sister's lunch under a silver salver that once open, reveals a rat, it is kind of heart stopping. To this day when I see dinner being served under those shiny domes I hold my breath until the contents underneath are revealed by the liveried footman. Not an everyday occurrence for sure, unless you are as devoted as I am to Downton Abbey.
Jeannie Berlin eating an egg-salad sandwich in The Heartbreak Kid.
Nora Ephron's "I'll have what she's having" is right up there! What better tribute (however misguided) to the power of food is there? I also treasure the humor of the exotic (and then some!) banquet scene in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Some of Anthony Bourdain's travel-food adventures compare...
I'd have to say the "who gets the last brownie" scene in Notting Hill where the saddest story wins. Clever, funny, poignant and, as an actress, unfortunately true. I would have given Julia the brownie.
Matt Armendariz a.k.a. Matt Bites
For me, my favorite food scenes in a movie are the opening credits of Napoleon Dynamite. Spending most of my days coaxing out the beauty of food in romantic and ethereal contexts for photographs, seeing it displayed so crudely and devoid of romance was refreshing and full of humor the first time I saw it. To this day it still makes me chuckle, and I cannot think of Tater Tots or mustard the same way.
A film we quote almost once a month, whenever we eat pasta is The Odd Couple. Felix: "It's not spaghetti, it's linguini." Oscar throws the plate against the wall. "Now it's garbage." Finally his own F.U. to Felix.
Jo Stougaard a.k.a. My Last Bite
Being an obsessed food and movie lover, it's hard to narrow it down to just one scene. There's just too many and my favorite depends on my mood. If you're looking for the best movies about food my Top 5 are: Tampopo, Mostly Martha, Ratatouille, Big Night and Eat Drink Man Woman.
As a wine lover, I have to say the films that showcase an alcoholic beverage to the best comedic and clever effect are Arsenic and Old Lace and The Princess Bride. Who would believe what those two little old ladies were up to? It's inconceivable! Hands down the funniest wine tasting on film goes to the ladies from AbFab. Pure drunken hilarity. The food scene I wish I could re-enact one day in real life has to be Bill Murray eating the whole diner menu in Groundhog Day. No consequences as the day is just going to reset, so the calories don't count. A girl can dream.
The bean eating scene in Blazing Saddles because, well, I'm immature. Ok? At least I admit it.
La Grande Bouffe, an Italian/French film made in 1973. Four friends plan to consume so much food, they literally die. Genius!! Worth renting!!
We'd love to hear what your favorite food scene is in a movie and why!
Compiled by Amy Ephron & Lisa Dinsmore