Sure, dressing up and going out on the town with your SO can be fun. But for some of us, Netflix, sweatpants, and dinner in sounds like a far better way to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Rather than sharing entrée and fine wine pairings, we’ve put together menu ideas to go along with a few films featuring noteworthy food moments:

  1. Julie & Julia – For those who enjoy cooking, this comedy-drama (with a pinch of romance) beautifully captures the art of creating and enjoying good food. Try your hand at a few of the recipes Julie attempts in the movie, like Julia Child’s Boeuf Bourguignon and a Chocolate Cream Pie.
  2. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Prepare some of the dishes served at Harry’s first feast at Hogwarts–steak and roast potatoes, perhaps–and whip up some Pumpkin Pasties for dessert. For movie snacks, stock up on peppermint humbugs, licorice wands, lemon drops, and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.
  3. Lady and the Tramp – In the mood for a cartoon? Recreate an iconic moment from this Disney classic with homemade spaghetti and meatballs.
  4. Willie Wonka & The Chocolate Factory – Does your sweetheart have a sweet tooth? Grab all your favorite candies and venture into Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Ideas inspired by the film include a chocolate fountain, chocolate bars, and  Everlasting Gobstoppers. If you find the original version just a tad too creepy (as I do), opt for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), starring the far-less-creepy Johnny Depp.
  5. My Big Fat Greek Wedding – As an unfolding romance brings two very different families together in this rom-com, each family has a lot to learn about the other’s culture–including their food. Prepare some of the Portakolos family’s favorites, like lamb and spanakopita, and a bundt cake for dessert, of course.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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