The Celluloid Pantry: The Final Wrap-Up

The Celluloid Pantry: The Final Wrap-Up

Nora Maynard
Jan 8, 2008

It's been a fun food-and-film-filled run for us here at The Celluloid Pantry. During our two years at The Kitchn, we've covered dozens of dinners, drinks, desserts, and culinary triumphs--and disasters--in nearly 100 movies "not typically known as food movies." We've reported on gangsters and garlic, socialites and lobster, astronauts and drink-boxes, French dumpster-divers and cheese, and secret agents and bouillabaisse, to name just a few.

Today we're wrapping things up with a roundup of our own personal Top 10 favorite (and, of course, totally subjective) food-in-film moments:

1.Lobster Wrangling and Annie Hall (1977) (above, right)
Alvy Singer (Woody Allen) and Annie Hall (Diane Keaton) have a wild time getting live lobsters out of a paper bag and into a pot.

2. Bronx Cocktails and The Thin Man (1934)
Suave detective Nick Charles (William Powell) knows a thing or two about mixing cocktails: "Always have rhythm in your shaking. Now a Manhattan you always shake to fox-trot time, a Bronx to two-step time, a dry martini you always shake to waltz time."

3. Garlic and Goodfellas (1990)
While in stir, Paulie Cicero (Paul Sorvino) makes a nice red sauce, memorably precision-cutting his garlic with a razor blade so it "liquefies in the pan."

4. Whiskey and Ginger and Anna Christie (1930) (above, left)
Here silent film star Greta Garbo makes history with her first words ever on screen: "Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side, and don't be stingy, baby!"

5. Mad-as-Hell Toast and Five Easy Pieces (1970)
All Bobby Dupea (Jack Nicholson) wants is plain toast, but it's just not on the menu. So he orders a chicken salad sandwich instead, telling the waitress in classic Nicholson style just where she can hold the chicken.

6. Kitchen Ambition and Mildred Pierce (1945)
Joan Crawford does a memorable turn as an entrepreneurial housewife who cooks up cakes and pies with a side of melodrama--and murder.

7. Chocolate "Mouse" and Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Naive young bride Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) knows there's something fishy about the drugged chocolate "mouse" her busybody, Satan-worshiping neighbor (Ruth Gordon) wants her to try.

8. Spiked Gazpacho and Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Spain, 1988)
A barbiturate-laced pitcher of gazpacho sends a wild cast of bickering characters off to a soothing siesta.

9. Big Cold Cuts, Small Bread and This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Headbanger Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) comes close to meltdown trying to make a sandwich from regular meat and miniature bread.

10. Fresh Wine and The Jerk (1979)
(above, center)
Nouveau-riche rube Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin) bravely contends with shockingly old bottles of wine, snails on the dinner plates, a lack of bamboo cocktail umbrellas, and other culinary outrages at a fancy French restaurant.

What are yours?


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