In an effort to become more social, Devon and I decided to host a “Dinner and a Movie night”. We rented “The Godfather” and I made a created an Italian themed menu. Then we invited 10 of our friends and made them an offer they couldn’t refuse.
We have a bunch of friends, and they all seem to have different eating restrictions. Everything from vegetarians to hard-core Atkins. So it was kind of a mission to come up with something that would make everyone happy. I ended up starting with an antipasto platter of various cured meats, provolone, roasted red peppers, olives and homemade tomato brushetta. For the main courses I made a Chicken Cacciatore (which was decent) and Baked Ziti (which i thought was amazing, and I’ll share the recipe for in a later post). We also had the obligatory garlic bread and red wine. I also made a tomato and mozzarella salad and a big garden salad, but I totally spaced out on putting them out when everyone sat down. And then for dessert I finally used a trifle dish that we received from our landlord as a wedding gift. I filled it up with layers of Devil’s Food cake (from a box), store-bought chocolate pudding, light cool-whip (shh… don’t tell anyone that I used light) and sliced strawberries…It was very yummy and insanely easy to make.
I had never seen “the Godfather” before, but it definitely lived up to the hype. It was made in the 70′s, and was supposed to take place in the 1940′s. There were a few costumes that seemed totally 1970′s inspired, but other than that I think that the movie translated extremely well to current day. It also made me realize that “The Sopranos” is a total rip-off of it. Like how in “the Godfather” one of the characters says “Bada-boom, bada-bam”, and in “The Sopranos” the main character’s strip club is named “Bada-bing”.
I really enjoyed the movie and thought that it was pretty enjoyable for everyone. (Especially on our 13 foot projector screen. Not to brag or anything. j/k) It had the romance and weddings stories for the ladies (even though one of the new brides ended up getting blown up.), explosions, guns and street-fights for the guys, and some really humorous moments for everyone. But yeah. I totally recommend checking it out for anyone who hasn’t yet….
And having “Dinner and movie nights”. Ours was a blast. I can’t wait to do it again. And hopefully some day we’ll be back in New England and I can include some of my friends and family. Then we can watch stuff like “Chocolat”. Now THAT would allow for a killer dinner part of “dinner and a movie”.