Movies in the Park Menu: Touch of Evil Chicago

1008_8_12-touchofevil2.jpg 2008_8_12-texmex2.jpg The Chicago Outdoor Film Festival is back tonight with a screening of “Touch of Evil,” starring Charlton Heston, Orson Welles and Janet Leigh. Whether you’re packing a meal to eat under the stars or settling in with a DVD at home, this 1958 classic calls for a taste escape to the Mexican-U.S. border.

In “Touch of Evil,” characters from both sides of the border find themselves in the middle of a scandal that involves murder, kidnapping, a bombing and police corruption. For our meal, we’re looking to Tex-Mex cuisine for cross-border flavors that aren’t so dangerous, but are sure to please.

Thinking about Tex-Mex food, we immediately remembered an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s “No Reservations,” where he takes a culinary trip along the Mexican-U.S. border, sampling everything from tacos to chicken-fried steak. And lots of cheese. But for a warm August night, we’ve lightened it up just a bit:

Whatever you’re eating, be sure to have it ready by the time the movie starts. You don’t want to miss the three-and-a-half-minute opening tracking shot – It’s considered one of the greatest in film history.