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Curio: Sunday's Special Oscar Foods 

Alexa here. My annual Oscar tradition of theme food took a detour this year, primarily because the most anticipated part of the show for the members of my household under 5 was hearing Idina Menzel sing the song that launched a million YouYube viewings.  

So, instead of a meal made of clever puns I made a "Let It Go" cake, complete with swirly snow icing.


Appropriately enough, our meal beforehand was some rather uninspired pizza, which we enjoyed sharing with Brad and Meryl. [More from the menu after the jump...]

These pictures can't be posted enough.

Our nod to health was staying hydrated with some sparkling star cucumber water, but we kept the meal a diabetic's nightmare by accompanying the cake with star-dusted vanilla ice cream (cribbed from Not Martha).



Once we reached the point of hearing Idina's name mangled by Captain Hair our blood sugar crashed and we were mere puddles on our couch.  I vow to do a better job of keeping stamina in mind when menu planning next year!  Something akin to the lovely ideas posted on Epicurious for food inspired by the nominated films, or something like this punny menu I spied on Instagram, posted by user Andrew Brudz:



  • Grav(ity)lax
  • Dallas Buyers club sandwiches
  • 12 years a Slaw
  • Phyllomena pastries
  • Captain Philly cheese steaks
  • The Wolf of Wall Street meat
  • American Mussels
  • Herb a Garlic Dip
  • Baked Nebraska

What did you eat to keep your blood sugar balanced during the show? 

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Reader Comments (13)

I had Chili - I'll trade you for some Captain Philly cheese steaks.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEddie

Philobeana dip, Dallas buyers club sandwiches, Gravitea (non alcoholic), Guavatea (alcoholic), necrabska, and phyllomania. My friend also made an Oscar with olives.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJtagliere

ALEXA -- you made that cake? it's so great.

March 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Jtagliere, I really want to build an Oscar out of food one year. Although given my sweet tooth it won't be made of olives.

Yes Nathaniel, I did make the cake. Just lots of gum paste, chocolate molds and frosting. I think the number of times my daughter forced me to watch the "Let It Go" sequence permanently altered my synapses.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

This year I had company for the first time ever! I made carrot cupcakes with cream cheese frosting and tiny Oscars cut from carrot on top. The tiny Oscars might have taken more time than the rest of the party prep combined ;D

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMysjkin

Some of our favorites were American Brussel(s), Nebraskalamari (featuring June Squid), and Almond Bark-had Abdi with Sea Salt.

Our full menu is posted here:


March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterCineMunch

I wasn't able to host my usual Oscar party this year (it happened to be opening weekend for my most recent theatrical production so I just didn't have time), but I came up with a menu anyway, because I am obsessed.

Quaalude shots (in honor of the Wolf of Wall Street)
Philo-meat-a pies (mini meat pies baked in philo dough)
Micro-chips (tiny homemade potato chips inspired by Her - i would have attempted to dye them pink)
Captain Phillips's seafood chowdah (pronounced with a Boston accent)
Dallas Buyers Club Sandwiches (I haven't had a pun this easy since the year of Hushpuppy)
"Science Oven" leftovers (in honor of American Hustle - NO METAL INVOLVED)
Baked Nebraska (in black & white of course)
Chinese Ping Pong Paddle Cookies (in honor of Gravity and inspired by the most recent Film Experience podcast)
and my favorite...
"Roll Jordan Roll" (chocolate cake rolled with chocolate mousse filling in honor of 12 Years a Slave)

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdenny

My Wolf of Wall Street theme was a bowl of Good and Plenty's that were meant to look like pills you could pop.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterjtagliere

We had:

Calamari and Squibb appetizers
12 ears of savory corn
Osage Polenta with Gravy-ty
Grilled Chicken Streeps
Omaha (Nebraska) Steaks
and an assortment of Wolf of Wall Treats for dessert
Libation of the evening was a curacao based Blue Jasmine cocktail

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterdavide

At my Oscar party, which featured about 20 people aggressively crammed into a tiny apartment, served the following:

Waffles of Wall Street
HERbed Mushroom Bytes
American Ruffles
12 Years of Cheese (aged goudas and cheddars totaling 12 years)
Dallas Buyers Club Sandwiches (great minds must think alike)
Moon Pies for Gravity
Saltwater Taffy for Captain Philips
Black-and-white Popcorn for Nebraska
Blue Jasmine Rice Balls

And of course, the perennial "Award Wieners on Supporting Rolls"-- pigs in a blanket.

Cinemunch, I bow to the genius that is Nebraskalamari with June Squid.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMargaret

As one of the 20 people aggressively crammed into Margaret's tiny apartment, I can vouch that the foods (and the puns) were amazing.

March 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Marie

I NEED TO MAKE THIS CAKE. My six year old would die. Can you give us any general tips as to how you did it?

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLyn

Lyn, I just took gum paste, rolled it around some cups, and let it dry to form the snow swirls. When they were dry I placed them on the cake covered them in icing. The blue chocolate waves along the base were made using a small candy mold. Oh, and an extra that my daughter loved was that the cake inside is also light blue (pastel food coloring did the trick).

March 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlexa

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