Oscar Party 2013 – Da Winnahs!

The winners!
As usual, my friends never cease to amaze me with their Oscar-party foodie creations. This year, we were threatened with a snow storm that had me convinced that Ben and I would be sitting around all night eating our own entries — FrankenWeenies and Corn on the Cobbit — with visions of indigestion dancing in our heads.
But nay — the meteorologists were wrong and the foodies were out en force. Below, please find a list of this year’s entrants, including winners. Keep an eye out in the coming days for a new addition to the Oscar Party festivities – we are going to share our recipes!
Best Tasting 2013
Feast of the Southern Wild, by Jenn

A little bit country, a little bit rock n’ roll …just like its creator. This two-parter included savory jalepeno cornbread and a meaty okra gumbo.


Fresh Guacamole, by Chris

Inspired by the nominated short animated film of the same name, made to order with entirely fresh ingredients, and served with a twist with water crackers instead of tortilla chips.

Fresh Guacamole

Best Name

Corn on the Cobbit (in 3D), by Ben

This entry included corn cobbettes skewered, steamed and seasoned three different ways: garlic, salt, pepper, and parsley; chili powder and salt; and cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper and cilantro. I saw the prep; it was formidable.

Best Art Direction

Thirty Dark Zeroes, by Joe

So, yeah — I go, ‘are there 30 of them?’ when Joe shows up. I get merely a look. i know. I know there are 30 truffles – plus a few Army men.

Redemption, by Shawn and Rachel

Inspired by the short-form documentary of the same name, this entry was cool and artsy – a basket full of coins (i.e. ‘nickels’) surrounding a (redeemable) growler of Berkshire Brewing Company Steel Rail Ale.


Frankenweenies, by me


Pretty self explanatory. I found the Franken-heads here – they’re actually printable Halloween masks that I printed out at a reduced size. Fun tip: people still love pigs in a blanket. These were gone in 30 minutes flat and cost me $4.29 to make for a party of 15.

Best Supporting Act   
Zero Dark Chocolate Cake with a Silver Lining, by Chris

Also co-winner of the Longest-Traveled Award this year, Chris is an accomplished pastry chef who graced the party with a chocolate cake and ganache creation for the stars, garnished with spiced orange zest and silver sprinkles.

Zero Dark Chocolate Cake with a Silver Lining

Aphrodisiac D’Amour, by Leslie

A Lady-finger encircled torte with whipped cream, cocoa, cinnamon, and as it seems, fairy dust. A light, creamy, dream of a dessert.

Key Argo Lime Pie, by Justine and Tim

If you’re thinking, ‘I don’t really like Key Lime Pie,’ you’re wrong. You just haven’t had Teeny’s yet. The sign for this entry isn’t too shabby, either.

Key Argo Lime Pie

Best in Show
Lincoln’s Log, by Justine
Lincoln's Log

 The Pre-Oscar Food Smackdown’s reigning champion took top honors again with a homemade swiss roll, covered in from-scratch frosting and a graham cracker roof. The whole entry was rounded out with a frosting lawn, kale trees, swiss roll logs, and a pretzel-rod split-rail fence.

This year’s awards: In the front, small picture frames with vintage illustrations that I cut from a sample book I got in the mail from a graphic design company. (I get a lot of those – they are awesome for scrapping and other craftiness). Winners also received cocktail-flavored petit fours – bagged in cellophane behind the frames. I just thought the candies were the cutest treats, festooned with Jelly Belly jelly beans in four flavors: Strawberry Daquiri, Peach Bellini, Margarita and Piña Colada with pineapple.

Oscar Party 2013

See? YOU TOO Could be part of this awesomeness. Come to our party, or ask us about our free Guide to Foodie Parties!

2 thoughts on “Oscar Party 2013 – Da Winnahs!

  1. Joe says:

    Sounds like it was a wonderful party! I still fondly remember my two parties that I went to-even if I lacked something befitting. (Raspberry Swirl Cheesecake in honor of the Razzies pales woefully compared to what this party generated.) Frankenweenies are a favorite. 🙂
    Glad it was a success!


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