Just for Fun: Memorable Food Moments from Film

Category: Just for Fun

Kim S.

Memorable Food Moments
from Film

By Kim S.

We here at Growl Headquarters – okay, so there is no official headquarters just yet, but I’m told that blueprints are forthcoming – love a good film as much as we love a delicious meal or a well-poured cocktail. And what better and more glittering celebration of film is there than the annual Academy Awards ceremony, all set for its 85th go-around this Sunday, February 24th?

movieWe foodies have movies on the mind, and so I was inspired to devote some space to inviting discussion by talking a little about the food-related film scenes that make my most memorable list. (Be forewarned, however: memorable doesn’t necessarily mean appetizing!)

Thus, without further ado, action! and, um, bon appetit?

{ 1 }Sabrina, (1954). Sabrina, a young woman who has taken up the study of cooking in France in order to distract herself from a distressing and misguided crush, forgets to turn on her oven during a lesson on soufflés, prompting a fellow student, the Baron St. Fontanel, to speculate about the state of her heart.

“A woman happily in love, she burns the soufflé. A woman unhappily in love, she forgets to turn on the oven.”

As funny as it is sweet, this scene marks the turning point for the character of Sabrina, and I can’t help but think that it rings true for more than a few of us.

{ 2 }Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, (1984). The infamous dinner scene finds Indy and his reluctant female companion, Willie, at the table of the Maharaja, where a wide variety of exotic dishes are being served. Among these are monkey brains, slithering snakes, and eyeball soup!

“Ah, dessert! Chilled monkey brains.”

I suspect that this scene verges on politically incorrect for the modern era, but at the time it was a bit of hyperbole played for laughs and a gross-out factor. It also served as a poke at our hero’s one phobia – snakes.

How culinarily adventurous are the Growl girls? The jury is still out on that one!

{ 3 }Help!, (1965). John discovers some rather unexpected – and quite inedible – items in his soup.

John: [finding a season ticket in his soup] What’s this?
Ringo: A season ticket. What do you think it is?
John: Oh. I like a lot of seasoning in me soup.

Flavourful food and cleanliness – both are prerequisites for a pleasant dining experience, don’t you think?

{ 4 }The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, (2012). Bilbo Baggins finds himself host of a ruckus of an impromptu dinner party.

Hobbits love their food but hate to be thought of as inhospitable. This is another funny little scene. It’s merry and chaotic, but somehow no plates get broken. A dinner party success, indeed.

Movie PopcornNow that I’ve revealed my top memorable moments, what scenes would make your list? Do you know where to find a good soufflé in Windsor (or how to make one)? What has been your wildest eating experiment to date? We invite you to share your responses to any and all of these in the comments section below!

{ 7 comments… add one }
  • Micky G February 20, 2013, 12:59 pm

    My all time favorite has to be the poor turkey in “Christmas Vacation”… Every hostess’ nightmare…

  • Sylvia V February 20, 2013, 1:11 pm

    Favourite food/movie quote:

    “Any time of day is a good time for pie.”
    Fabienne, Pulp Fiction

    Alabama also says this in True Romance, also written by Quentin Tarantino.


  • Kimberley
    February 20, 2013, 1:33 pm

    I was trying to think of other scenes from movies I’ve seen in this year’s list of Oscar nominees, and I keep coming back to the diner scene in Silver Linings Playbook, which is in my opinion, one of the best scenes in the film.

    “Why did you order raisin bran?”
    “Why did you order tea?”
    “Because you ordered raisin bran.”
    “I ordered raisin bran because I didn’t want there to be any mistaking it for a date.”
    “It can still be a date if you order raisin bran.”
    “It’s not a date.”

    Food and social expectations, now there’s a topic for discussion. 😉

  • Lisa L February 20, 2013, 10:24 pm

    Ahh, the Chinese Turkey-this is my favorite food/movie scene!

  • Laurel R.
    February 21, 2013, 1:29 pm

    I have totally 12-year-old boy urge to post a link to a video of Monty Python’s Mr. Creosote (“…and how are we today?” “Better.” “Better?” “Better get a bucket.”) – but I will resist. 😉 But feel free to look for the disgusting thing yourself if you feel you can stomach it… after all, “it’s only wafer thin!”

  • Julie B. February 22, 2013, 5:39 pm

    One of my favourites is the cooking scene from Ratatouille . Adorable Remy making soup in the kitchen. I love the music in the background and the expressions on his face while he’s making it.


  • Peter R February 23, 2013, 7:13 am

    My favourite food movie is “The Big Night,” with Tony Shalhoub and Stanley Tucci. With a cast including Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver and even a cameo of Marc Antony the singer. It is about two brothers from Italy who’ve opened an authentic Italian bistro. They are both perfectionists and love all food Italian.
    Even if you’ve just eaten supper you will find yourself starving after this gem that was in fact directed by Mr. Tucci.
    The clip is of their masterpiece dish called a Timpano. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNojvofa8jo

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