Star Wars Menus: #TheForceAwakens with 8 Star Wars Dishes + Drinks

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There’s a disturbance in the Force. In case you haven’t been close to a screen, browsed the Internet, walked the aisles of your grocery store, or talked to anyone, there’s a new Star Wars film coming out today. The Force Awakens picks up more than three decades after The Return of the Jedi left off. There’s a lot of speculation as to what will happen in the seventh installment in the saga, but one thing is for certain: it’s going to be a massive box office smash. Its release has spurred a number of culinary Jedi to find inspiration from the iconic trilogy. (Let’s just pretend the prequels never happened.) and create Star Wars menus for fans of the force.

Faith & Flower, Los Angeles, California
Like a tractor beam pulling you in, you won’t be able to resist this Star Wars themed off-menu mignardise board by pastry chef Josh Graves. Feel the Force awaken in you while savoring a chocolate Millennium Falcon, white chocolate Stormtrooper, a caramel-filled dark chocolate Darth Vader, an absinthe candy lightsaber, a Death Star bonbon, and a Han Solo frozen in carbonite, erm, dark chocolate. Thankfully, he decided not to include a Jabba the Hutt gummy.

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The Lot, San Diego, California
The Lord of the Sith inspired pastry chef Alejandra Pitashny to create this Dark Side Chocolate Cake layered with raspberries and blackberries. Only at the end of eating it do you realize the power of the Dark Side. Which means you might have to order another slice. Consider it part of your training to become a Sith lord.

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Restaurant Eve, Alexandria, Virginia
Think you geek out about Star Wars? You’ve got nothing on chef Cathal Armstrong, who binge watches the saga with his son over Christmas break every year. To celebrate the release of The Force Awakens, he is serving Aunt Beru’s Fennel Soup as an amuse bouche through December. When A New Hope was being filmed in 1976 in Tunisia, the prop masters were tasked with coming up with a soup that Luke’s aunt would make on Tatooine. Fennel was relatively unknown in the States at that time, so it was chosen as a vegetable that could conceivably be utilized in a galaxy far, far away.

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Little Goat Bakery, Chicago, Illinois
Stephanie Izard offers Wookie Pies, which take their name from Han Solo’s bowcaster-toting compadre Chewbacca. Or, as Princess Leia calls him, a “big walking carpet.” The pies are formed by sandwiching a pair of chocolate cakes sandwich around a generous slather of chocolate cream. Since Chewie is known for getting in trouble for always thinking with his stomach, we’re certain he’d love them.

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Charlie Trotter to Take a Bow; Chefs Wanted for Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off; St. Louis as Gourmet Gateway; How to Speak to a Sommelier; Michael Symon Expands

Thinking of Alaskan seafood makes me think of the amazing King Crab legs I ate at Marx Brothers in Anchorage.

Dining and restaurant news…

* How do you talk to a sommelier? It’s actually nothing like talking to an angel. [Serious Eats]

* Déjà vu all over again. Buzzwords for the year ahead sound a lot like the buzzwords for the year past. [NPR]

* I can’t wait for Charlie Trotter’s return. Only so I can write the headline ‘Welcome Back, Trotter.’ Until then, join us as we mourn the impending shuttering of his restaurant and celebrate his influence on the dining world. [Chicago Sun-Times]

* Michael Symon says. He’s opening another restaurant. []

* Meet me in St. Louis. Meet me for the fare. The Washington Post’s Tom Sietsema says this town is a must-eat for foodies. It’s also the Gateway to the West, which is a pretty cool moniker, if you ask me. [Columbia Daily Tribune]

* Mush! The 2012 Great Alaska Seafood Cook Off is seeking chef-competitors. Apply through April 1, 2012. [Alaska Dispatch]

* Your moment of zen. Who couldn’t go for a Star Wars fun meal right about now? [Retroist]


Restaurateur Bans Kids Under Six; Bad Dining Companions; Restaurants and the Norm Factor; Star Wars Veggies; In-N-Out on the Menu at The French Laundry

"Wait, what?!"

News about food, restaurants, and more…

* A restaurateur in Monroeville, Pennsylvania, has banned children under the age of six from his establishment. If this restaurant were in Park Slope, Brooklyn, there’d be a bounty on his head by now. [WTAE]

* Hanna Raskin writes that Mark Bittman is wrong about restaurants, citing, among other things, the Norm factor. [Seattle Weekly]

* How do Thomas Keller and his staff celebrate 17 years of business at The French Laundry? With In-N-Out burgers, of course. [Eater]

* Do you want your kids to eat more veggies? Take them to this sushi restaurant, where vegetables are served shaped like Star Wars characters. [That’s Nerdalicious!]

* Save our environment by eating invasive fish. [NPR]

* Dine like a local when you’re in Europe. [JustLuxe]

* Restaurants are good, but movies made about them usually are not. [Financial Times]

* Forget bad service. Bad dining companions can ruin any meal. Here’s five to avoid. [Houston Press]

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