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DiningIn's "Best Picture" Inspired Foods for Your Oscar Party


As we draw towards the end of movie marathons and long-winded debates on the contenders, we’re also just days away from the anticipated 86th Academy Awards, along with a weekend full of Oscar viewing parties in honor of the most glamorous night on television.

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Whether you’re hosting a party or watching solo, celebrate Hollywood’s annual ceremony with Oscars-inspired food suggestions for the 2014 ‘Best Picture’ nominees. All available for delivery via DiningIn.

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The Wolf of Wall Street

This Martin Scorsese film is based on the real-life happenings of former wealthy, New York stockbrocker Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) and his fraud crimes at Wall Street with the help of his corrupt brokerage firm. Indulge in a night of luxury with sushi and sashimi delivery from your favorite local restaurants. 

Chicago: Sunda New Asian’s Seared Crab Crusted Ahi Tuna Sashimi

Boston: Basho Japanese Brasserie’s Sushi Sashimi Platter

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Credit: Basho Japanese Brasserie in Boston


After becoming pregnant at a young age, Philomena Lee (Judi Dench) is sent to live in a convent in Ireland, where the nuns give up her son Anthony for adoption without any warning.  Fifty years later, she embarks on a journey to America with a British journalist in hope of reuniting with her long lost son.  Cheer on this comedic-plot-turns-into-drama film with fresh pancakes in reminiscence of Philomena’s fondness of hotel breakfast buffets.

Chicago: Stax Café’s White Chocolate Chip Raspberry Pancakes

Dallas: Garden Cafe’s Buttermilk Pancakes

Philadelphia: Sabrina’s Café’s Whole Wheat Pancakes

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Image: Sabrina's Cafe


The road trip film centers on Woody Grant (Bruce Dern), and his mission to redeem what he believes is his winning $1 million dollar magazine sweepstakes ticket.  Celebrate the “Cornhusker State” with your favorite corn dishes from your favorite restaurants.

Dallas: East Hampton Sandwich Co.’s Roasted Corn Chowder Soup

Philadelphia: El Vez’s Crab and Corn Omelet

Minneapolis: Famous Dave’s Corn Bread Muffins

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Image: Famous Dave's, Corn Bread Muffins


Living in the year 2025, Joaquin Phoenix plays soon to be divorcee Theodore Twombly, whose loneliness is alleviated by his female voice-activated operating system named Samantha. Commemorate this sci-fi meets romance film with a slice of pizza, which Theodore eats while on a make believe stroll around the city with Samantha. 

Minneapolis: American Pie Pizza’s Veggie Special Pizza

Boston: California Pizza Kitchen's Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pizza

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Image: California Pizza Kitchen, Spicy Chipotle Chicken Pizza


Astronauts Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) push to stay alive on the way back to Earth after falling satellite debris cause them to abort a space shuttle mission. Commemorate the outerspace sci-fi film with a gravity-defying dish available for delivery in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia: Pod’s Yuzy-Miso Chocolate Cake with Sake Foam and Vanilla Ice Cream.

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Image: Pod, Yuzy-Miso Chocolate Cake with Sake Foam and Vanilla Ice Cream.

American Hustle

Two scam artists and an FBI agent collaborate to setup Camden, New Jersey’s mayor Carmine Polito and corrupt politicians with a fake investment scheme. During dinner, Polito’s wife enjoys what she calls “the piccata of the gods.”  To prevent any microwave-related blowups, order your favorite Italian piccata dish in honor of this year’s comedy-drama.

Boston: Not Your Average Joe’s Chicken Piccata with Fettuccine

Chicago: Vivo’s Piccata di Pollo alla Pizzaiola

Minneapolis: Parma 8200’s Pan Seared Sea Bass Piccata

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Image: Parma 8200, Pan Seared Sea Bass Piccata

12 Years a Slave

This film retells the true story of the 1841 kidnapping and enslavement of free man Solomon Northup, resilience helps him stay alive, including using blackberry juice as ink to to communicate in attempts to regain his freedom.  In honor of Solomon's courage and determination, order you favorite blackberry dishes from DiningIn.

Dallas: Dixie House Lakewood's Blackberry Spinach Grilled Chicken Salad

Chicago: Linz and Vail's Blackberry Gelato Pan

Philadelphia: Buddakan's Dip Sum Doughnuts with Blackberry Jam and Chocolate Sauce

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Image Buddakan, Dip Sum Doughnuts with Blackberry Jam and Chocolate Sauce

Dallas Buyers Club

A Texas rodeo rider Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) takes his illness into his own hands, and begins selling it’s unapproved drugs to other sufferers.  Applaud McConaughey’s performance with Texas-style favorites available for delivery through DiningIn.

Dallas: Dickey's BBQ's all off the Bone Pork Ribs

Boston: Patron’s Mexican Kitchen’s Rodeo Cowboy Tacos

Chicago: Chicago q's Baby Back Ribs

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Captain Phillips

Based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips, Somali pirates hijack an American commercial cargo ship in Indian Ocean waters, where Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks) and his team attemps to survive in this 2013 gripping thriller. Root for this contender with the fusion of East African, Italian, Arab, and Indian influences that inspired Somali cuisine.

Recipe for Swahili Fish Curry in Coconut Milk

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