I am hosting our Movies and Munchies group this month and asked the others to join me in watching Big Night written by and starring Stanley Tucci.
I wanted to watch this movie after reading Tucci's "Taste: My Life Through Food" for our Cook the Books selection. You can read my review here.
Before I read this memoir, Tucci was not even on my radar. But as I read his book, I fell a little bit in love with him and wanted more. So I started watching his series, Searching for Italy, and fell a little bit more in love.
I wanted to watch the 1996 film that he wrote about in his memoir that he helped write, direct and co-starred in, Big Night, about two brothers trying to make a success of their restaurant in New Jersey.
There was TONS of food inspiration. Here is a list of what I caught and I'm sure there is a lot that I missed.....
*bread *garlic *shot *risotto *pasta *shrimp and scallop risotto *meatballs *sausages hanging *hot dogs instead of risotto......? *grappa *scotch and soda *Cherries jubilee *steak *fish *basil *red peppers *timpano *eggplant *cocktails *crostini *lasagna bolognese *Soup-La Zuppa-Chicken broth? *I Primi-Il risotto-green, white red (seafood) *I Primi-timpano *I Secondi-artichokes, fish, roasted chicken, suckling pig *I Dolci- fruit, nuts, *eggs
Besides these food items that I jotted down while watching the film, I also wrote down to quotes that espcially spoke to me. The first was "Bite your teeth into the ass of life and drag it to you...." I thought that this was a perfect reminder that perseverence is important. You have to work for those things that you want.
The second quote that spoke to me was "To eat good food is to be close to God". Spending time in the kitchen, creating food for those I love is my language. When I prepare, cook and serve food.....that is my love language. I believe that God is love. The ultimate, unconditional, unending, unadulterated love that has no compare. My food is my way of showing my love and, through me, God's love as He makes all things possible.
Risotto was a commonly served dish in the movie. The movie started with a woman complaining about the seafood risotto which did not contain any visible seafood and a request for a side of pasta with it. This caused Chef Primo (Tony Shalhoub) to lose his mind and Secondo (Stanley Tucci) trying to explain that if they want the restaurant to work they have to keep the customers happy.
The movie ended with a tricolore risotto that was served on the Big Night, a huge feast that was to be served to famous bandleader, Louis Prima, and selected guests in hopes of bringing recognition and salvation to the restaurant.
I had planned on making the tricolore risotto starting with this risotto made with sparkling wine. However, when I went to divide it and add the color, I discovered I was out of tomato paste. Dinner was ready and I didn't have time to adapt the recipe so I just served it up one color. It was delicious and Chef Primo would have approved.
It is very early in the month and if you love cooking and movies, you are welcome to join in the fun this month. Simply watch the film, create a dish inspired by the film and post it on your blog or instagram page tagging #MoviesandMunchies. Stop by our Facebook Event Page or drop a comment below to let me know so I can include you in our roundup that will be posted on the last day of this month.
I'm heading home from Vegas this morning. We had a great time and a lot of laughs. We enjoyed a show and I didn't lose too much money. I always love going on vacation and I love coming home. I'm looking forward to getting back into the routine, starting with my Weekly Menu......
Mexican Street Corn and Sausage Salad
Instant Pot Stuffed Pepper Soup
Tortellini Shrimp Salad