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What could possibly be better than a delicious, gourmet meal shared with friends? The answer is a Dinner and a Movie served up at home – gourmet style.  We did this for a year with friends and it was a huge hit.

Each couple or person would host a dinner at their home and select a movie with ‘food’ as an integral part of the plot and then ask the other couples or singles to prepare an appetizer or dessert based on the foods in the movie.  The host or hostess would supply the wine, beer or specialty drink along with a beautifully decorated table inspired by the movie’s theme.

I guess you could call it a ‘plot luck’ dinner.

Here are some great movie choices that center on our favorite topic – food!

Big Night – Two brothers struggle to get a failing Italian restaurant on the New Jersey shore in the 1950s back on its feet.

Haute Cuisine – Based on a true story, Hortense Laborie is appointed to run the kitchen for the President of France.

Tortilla Soup – A heartwarming movie about restaurants, food, family, and love.

Bottle Shock – Based on a true story this movie features the rise of California’s wine scene in the 1970s.
Today’s Special – An haute cuisine sous chef returns to his family’s restaurant and learns how to cook Indian food with tasty results.

The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover – The wife of a coarse restaurant owner becomes bored with her oafish husband and considers an affair with a regular patron.

Romantics Anonymous – What happens when a man and a woman share a common passion? They fall in love of course.

The Baker’s Wife – In a small Provencal town, a new baker, Aimable, settles down.

My Dinner with Andre – Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory share their lives over the course of an evening meal at a restaurant.

No Reservations – The life of a top chef is turned upside down when she becomes the guardian of her niece.

The Recipe – A TV producer searches for the recipe for an enchanting spicy bean-curd stew and brother and sister compete for title.

The Mistress of Spices – In India, Tilo has the ability to foreseeing the future. Will she risk it all for love?

The Trip – Steve Coogan is ready to tour the country’s finest restaurants, but his girlfriend backs out last minute leaving him with his aggravating best friend as his cohort.

Eat Pray Love – A woman at a crossroad in her life goes on a journey across 3 countries to see if she can reconnect with herself and find happiness.

Chef – An unemployed chef starts up a food truck while piecing back his life with his estranged family.

Entre nos – Mariana and her two children leave Colombia to reunite with her husband in Queens only to be abandoned in a strange land. She needs to rely on her cooking skills to survive.

Others to Consider:

  • Julie and Julia
  • Mostly Martha
  • Big Night
  • Toast
  • Ramen Girl
  • Woman on Top
  • Scent of Green Papaya
  • Babette’s Feast
  • Ratatouille
  • Like Water for Chocolate
  • Chocolat
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Tampopo
  • I Am Love
  • Sideways