Oscar night menus: Five movie-inspired dinners

From Paris of the 1800s to the American Antebellum South and from India to Northern Canada, we found recipe inspiration in the settings of these nominated films.

For this Sunday night’s Oscar party, we say skip the popcorn and cook up a feast really worthy of an Academy Award. Inspired by the list of best picture nominees, we created five menus based on some of our favourite films from the past year.

Les Miserables

Take a culinary trip through Paris of the 1800s with a classic French menu complete with a stew, baguette, red wine and – of course –  macarons for dessert.


Mulled wine with clementines

No-knead bread

Beef bourguignon

Pistachio-cream macarons


This feel-good film makes us proud to be Canadian, so we’re serving up some of our favourite northern-comfort dishes.


Maple rye and ginger

Smoked-trout chowder

Roast pork loin with bacon-cider gravy

Bushberry pudding cake recipe


Django Unchained

Set in the American Antebellum South, this menu is inspired by hearty and flavourful southern foods.


Mint julep

Fried-green-tomato salad

Spicy lemon shrimp with smoky cheese grits

Boozy holiday rum balls



We’re celebrating one of the most influential U.S. presidents with classic American fare.


Rum and coke sour

Healthier fried chicken

Gourmet cheeseburger

Baked onion rings


Life of Pi 

Our hero set sail from India for a new life, so we’re commemorating his origins with this exotic and spicy menu.


Warm chai toddy

Crispy madras chickpeas

Sweet and sour vegetable stew

Creamy saffron yogurt