A Meal and a Movie

Dinner and a Movie | Pardee Homes
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Today’s gorgeous kitchens are all about entertaining. With large islands, plenty of prep space and ample room for guests, now is the perfect time to invite friends or family over for a meal and a movie. Step outside the popcorn box, and design a dinner party inspired by your favorite onscreen culinary creations. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

“Julie and Julia”
In this film, blogger Julie Powell, portrayed by Amy Adams, attempts to cook all 524 recipes from Julia Child’s first book, “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”. Not everyone is as accomplished as the renowned master chef played by Meryl Streep in the movie, but we bet you can pull off one or two.

“Breakfast at Tiffany’s”
Audrey Hepburn’s character, Holly Golightly noshes on pastries and drinks coffee in front of the famed Tiffany’s jewelry store in New York. Pair this classic with a brunch menu.

“Forrest Gump”
For this movie, prepare any shrimp dish. Shrimp gumbo, fried shrimp, grilled shrimp, bacon-wrapped shrimp brochette, shrimp and grits… Dessert, of course, must be a box of chocolates. “Run, Forrest, run” to a sweets store, pick up an assortment and let everyone choose their own bonbon.

“The Godfather”
“Leave the gun, take the cannoli.”  Pay homage to this famous line with the classic Italian dessert. Better yet, create a Sicilian-inspired feast the Corleones would love – veal, pasta and Mama’s marinara.

“Downton Abbey”
Okay, the popular PBS series isn’t a movie, but the English setting and post-Edwardian era provide ample inspiration for a festive dinner party. Have your guests join you in the kitchen to help whip up traditional English dishes like shepherd’s pie and Yorkshire pudding.

“The Walking Dead”
Zombies and dead people are the stars in this popular series, but we bet they’d enjoy a feast of assorted flesh, er, roasted meats and vegetables.

“Steel Magnolias”
This weepy, Southern drama calls for red velvet cake (gray armadillo icing optional) and a big ole Louisiana seafood boil. Do it right with corn, potatoes, shrimp and sausage.

This film about a road trip to California’s wine country for two 40-somethings won major acclaim and even an Academy Award. Cheese, fruit and of course, wine, are perfect for a watch party.

“Lilo and Stitch”
This Disney favorite is about a young Hawaiian girl and her quirky alien pet, so why not combine flavors for a fun twist? A Hawaiian pizza or Hawaiian chicken kebabs followed with lava cake for dessert will surely delight your taste buds.

Entertain guests in your own dream kitchen. Contact a New Home Specialist today to get started.

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