09:14 PM EDT 05/24/2013
Originally posted 02/22/2013 02:40PM
Excitement is at an all time high for what promises to be a star-studded Oscar night, but for East Coast Academy members and celebrities that don't make the trek to L.A., Daniel is the place to be for the ceremony. Chef Daniel Boulud's namesake restaurant on the Upper East Side will be "the supporting actor" to the evening, Boulud says, revealing that the dishes he has planned are "a celebration of the movies" and "fun – not too cerebral."
Boulud also admitted he could not choose all the nominees to pay homage too. "[I] loved Argo, but except for giving you a big pile of caviar or a soup with saffron, I am not versed on Iranian dishes," he said at a preview of the meal earlier this week, adding he does "love the rice with butter" common to the country's cuisine.
As for the movies he did pick – No, Life of Pi, Kon-Tiki, Amour, Royal Affair and Les Misérables – he created six hors d'oeuvres inspired by the story and its setting. For Les Mis that means a bread basket of finger sandwiches because Boloud says "there will always be bread." And for Royal Affair he pairs smoked fish and potatoes for a "very Danish dish."
Originally posted 02/22/2013 11:15AM
It's almost Oscar time! And Brooke Parkhurst and James Briscione of Just Married & Cooking have created a Silver Linings Playbook-inspired pork tenderloin slider recipe that will be a tasty start to the big night.
"Think of this appetizer as the best of both worlds. Juicy slices of grilled pork tenderloin are topped with an avocado, fennel and radish mash. Everyone's two favorite game day eats – sliders and guacamole – come together," Parkhurst says.
Originally posted 02/22/2013 05:00AM
And you thought February was all about Valentine's Day.
Nope, there's another holiday dedicated to a different (but equally profound) kind of love: Happy National Margarita Day!
To mark Friday's lesser-known (but equally important) occasion, break out the tequila. But you don't necessarily have to take a break from your diet: We're bringing you a healthful spin on the classic margarita – plus a more indulgent version if you're feeling festive.
Originally posted 02/21/2013 12:15PM
Throwing an Oscars party this weekend? Popcorn and party favors are nice, but if you want to be an award-worthy host, you'll need something a little bit, um, stronger.
Portland, Ore., bartender Brandon Lockman is stirring up drinks inspired by this year's best picture nominees at Hotel Monaco's Red Star Tavern. "Finding inspiration for a new cocktail can sometimes be the hardest part. Translating movies into cocktails is a fun way to switch it up," he tells PEOPLE of his cinematic muses. "There are different aspects of each movie to draw from."
Lockman adds: "Plus, the research part is really fun."
Time to roll out your own red carpet – and whip up these beverages inspired by Django Unchained and Life of Pi.
Originally posted 02/19/2013 12:05PM
Come Thursday, there will be plenty of familiar faces heating up Miami Beach. And we mean in the kitchen.
As celeb chefs such as Bobby Flay, Paula Deen and Rachael Ray flock to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE, you, too, can get a taste of the festivities, which run through the weekend. And you don't even have to leave your kitchen – just follow these recipes.
Originally posted 02/17/2013 12:00PM
Here's to Downton!
Season 3 of Downton Abbey is coming to a close on Sunday – and in case you need something to soothe your soul while you watch the final episode alone in the dark next to a box of tissues, we've got the perfect drink.
Then again, this fruity and bubbly concoction packs a punch, making it a delicious refreshment to serve at a festive viewing party. Just designate a guest your head butler, hand him the recipe and call out, "Carson, bring me another Crawley Classic!"
Originally posted 02/16/2013 06:30PM
Oscar night is just around the corner so start prepping your viewing party menu now! Take inspiration from any of the films nominated or replicate what Sheila G. Main, the creator of the Original Brownie Brittle snack, will serve at studio head Harvey Weinstein's Oscar party!
Originally posted 02/16/2013 10:45AM
With Feb. 24's 2013 Academy Awards drawing closer, there's no better time to whet your appetite for all things movies – literally.
Embrace your inner film buff one bite at a time starting with one of this year's Best Picture nominees: Beasts of the Southern Wild. You'll take a trip to the bayous of Louisiana courtesy of Brooklyn's Nitehawk Cinema, which is serving up Oscar contender-inspired dishes to moviegoers in celebration of the film industry's biggest night.
Pair your po' boy and hush puppies with an adults-only beverage. (Yup, that means the movie's 9-year-old star (and youngest Best Actress nominee ever), Quvenzhané Wallis, couldn't quite indulge in this gin-based treat.)
Originally posted 02/16/2013 08:15AM
The "Countdown" has begun!
Beyoncé's HBO documentary, Life Is But a Dream, airs Saturday night (9 p.m. ET) – and we can't think of a better time or occasion to throw a "Party."
If you're hosting friends, you're going to need the following: dance moves, Kleenex and something to munch on (doing the "Uh-Oh," after all, works up an appetite).
Though we can't really help you with the first one and tissue is easy to come by, we do have suggestions on what to serve your guests on Beyoncé Night:
Originally posted 02/14/2013 03:10PM
Next time you make a toast, think of Brad and Angelina.
The engaged couple, who have owned an 1,000-acre estate with vineyards in southwestern France since 2008, will be releasing wine in the United States beginning March 15 bearing the estate's name, Miraval.
The first wine will be a 2012 vintage pink rosé, and it will feature the label "Bottled by Jolie-Pitt and Perrin."
Perrin refers to Marc Perrin, a French winegrower who was introduced to the famous couple by mutual friends. His family is well-respected in winemaking circles, and Perrin and the Jolie-Pitts are expected to release a line of organic white and red wines later this year.
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