Dinner and A Movie: 3 Themed Movie Nights with Recipes!

We've always loved watching movies at home a little better than going out, but now that we don't have a choice, we are missing the movie theater! Here are some fun ways to make movie night special with simple recipes!

During shelter-in-place we’ve watched a few movies and have done a lot of reminiscing about dinners with friends back in the day! I thought it would be fun to share a few of our favorite movies – ones we have actually watched over and over – and some fun recipes to go along with them. Share with a friend for your next virtual dinner together! 

Letters to Juliet ~ Italian Night Menu

Letters to Juliet is set in and around Verona, Italy with beautiful scenery and vineyards galore! Although I’ve never been there in person, I feel as though I have been there in my heart. 

Here are a few of my favorite Italian recipes to go with your movie. This will be quite a feast if you make the whole menu, but you can pare it down and just do two of the dishes! You can make the Caponata and Pesto recipes the day before if you’re planning to make the whole menu.

Italian Menu

 Caponata appetizer

 Pasta with Authentic Italian Pesto

 Crusted Halibut with Caper White Wine Sauce

Salad: Baby Arugula Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Miso Hungry ~ Sushi Night Menu

Miso Hungry is about an Australian film maker and comedian Craig Williams that goes to Japan to learn how to live a healthy lifestyle. It is heartwarming, funny, inspiring, and educational. We have watched it over and over and enjoy it so much.

Sushi night seems appropriate here! Start with a bowl of delicious miso soup, then let everyone put together their own sushi rolls. Arrange different fillings out on plates or a big platter and make hand rolls or traditional nori rolls. I’ve got recipes for making your own sushi rice (without sugar!) and different dipping sauces. My advice to you is to keep it simple. You can make sushi rolls with just 3 filling options and one sauce– doesn’t have to be the crazy circus that I usually have at my sushi classes with over a dozen fillings and 3 sauces.

Sushi Night

Healing Miso Vegetable Soup

Make Your Own Sushi Dinner Party

Julie and Julia ~ Taste of Southern France Menu

AJulie and Julia is one of my favorite food movies. It’s the true story of a young woman from Brooklyn, Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams) , who starts a blog (in the very early days of blogs) chronicling her way through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The story skips back and forth between modern day Brooklyn and 1950s Paris. Meryl Streep is amazing as Julia Child. And fun fact… Meryl Streep is 5’6″ and Julia Child was 6’2.” It is incredible how they made Meryl Streep look so tall throughout the movie!

My mother’s side of the family is from France so I grew up learning some of the classic dishes like Salade Niçoise. Just a few years ago I learned how to make Soupe Au Pistou when I saw it in Mastering the Art of French Cooking

Either one of these dishes can be a stand alone meal, or have a cup of soup to start and the salad for your main dish! Add some canned or fresh tuna or salmon or hard-boiled eggs to the salad for a heartier meal. 


Provençal Vegetable Soup (Soupe Au Pistou)

Niçoise Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette (Salade Niçoise)

Comment below if you have a favorite movie and dinner combination. We’d like to try your suggestions!

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