5 Unforgettable Food Scenes From This Year’s Best Picture Nominees

This Sunday, Hollywood’s most famous actors and filmmakers will don their finest attire, pose for the paparazzi, and collect gift bags with worth tens of thousands of dollars at the 90th annual Academy Awards ceremony. The list of best picture nominees includes some films where food is prominently featured in key scenes. Here are Eater’s picks for the best culinary moments from the Oscars frontrunners.

Get Out isn’t a food movie, but the scene where Allison Williams, as love interest Rose Armitage,eats Froot Loops sure is terrifying.

When people talk about Luca Guadagnino’s gorgeous coming-of-age story Call Me By Your Name, the first point of conversation is almost certainly the peach scene. Without getting into some lovingly erotic detail, the scene features Timothée Chalamet as Elio pushing the pit from a full, ripe peach (carefully cultivated by the family gardener) and using it to pleasure himself. Shortly after, houseguest/lover Oliver (played by Armie Hammer) finds him out, and jokes about eating the peach. It’s a little odd and a little sexy.

The Shape of Water, this Oscars season’s most-nominated film (with 13 nominations total, including for best picture, best director, and best actress) is a visually stunning fairy tale with a familiar-by-now plot: A mute woman named Elisa (Sally Hawkins) falls in love with a man-fish creature (Doug Jones) in Cold War-era Baltimore. In director Guillermo del Toro’s hands, the result is a complete and complex world, lush in green tones that sometimes echo the sterility associated with the era, and at other times add a shade of romance.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread has been hailed, by many publications, including this one, as one of the best food movies in ages — and it is, particularly thanks to the scenes in the kitchen. Not only does this space serve as a place of pleasure but it’s also a place of war. From the moment the viewer meets renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (played by the great Daniel Day-Lewis), it becomes clear that he is in control, but it’s in the kitchen where his lover Alma (Vicky Krieps) gains the upper hand.

An early scene in Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age drama involves the main character Christine (AKA Ladybird, played by Saoirse Ronan) and her BFF Julie (Beanie Feldstein) munching on communion wafers as they lie on their backs and talk about pleasuring themselves. The scene ends when a classmate discovers them in the room and complains about their snack choice, to which Lady Bird responds, “They’re not consecrated.”

Read more at Eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2018/3/2/17071754/food-scenes-oscar-movies-2018

Hello Kitty…a Food Superstar?

From food trucks to wine, the brand’s most famous character is everywhere.

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For anyone who’s ever found themselves getting drunk and doing karaoke to let off some steam after a long week, Aggretsuko understands. She may be a cartoon red panda created by Sanrio (the Japanese company that brought us Hello Kitty), but she too has an office job and a boss she hates — so she unwinds by singing along to heavy metal and drinking a lot of beer, as chronicled in her YouTube videos.

So it’s appropriate that tired and tipsy patrons at Energy Bistro & Karaoke in Hacienda Heights, California, will find that Aggretsuko is there for them, in the form of a branded room and snack: For $19, visitors can order an Aggretsuko Mini Rage Burger, which comes on a brioche bun and is topped with shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, melted American cheese, thousand island, and ketchup.

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Sanrio is a massive, international business, worth an estimated $2.4 billion in 2015, according toForbes. But a surprising number of those dollars come from collaborations with smaller, sometimes-food-focused businesses, like Energy Bistro and the family-run Tanaka Farms in nearby Irvine.

Tanaka Farms, founded in 1940 when Teruo Tanaka emigrated to the U.S. from Japan, began its partnership with Sanrio last fall: Its pumpkin patches featured plywood stands with Hello Kitty and other characters. In the winter, that switched over to a Santa tour and a Sanrio village; this spring, visitors can pick strawberries in Tanaka’s fields and then pose for a selfie with a statue of the lady Kitty herself.

Read more at Eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2018/2/28/17046006/sanrio-hello-kitty-food-cafe-licensing-gudetama-aggretsuko

Netflix’s ‘Nailed It’ Takes a Humorous Approach to Baking Competitions

In addition to a brand-new pastry-themed Chef’s Table series, Netflix has another big dessert-centric show coming down the pipeline. Nailed It, a new culinary competition, will feature amateur bakers attempting to recreate elaborate treats for a chance to win $10,000. The show will take a more lighthearted approach to the craft of pastry-making than something like, say, The Great British Bake-Offand judging by the trailer, it looks like the epic fails will be celebrated along with the major wins.

The show is hosted by comedian Nicole Byer, a UCB veteran who created the web series *Loosely Exactly Nicole, and Jacques Torres, the legendary New York City chocolatier who first made a name for himself in the kitchen of Le Cirque many years ago. A different guest star will help asses each round of baking. The roster of guest judges includes culinary mad scientist Dave Arnold, LA-based confectioner Valerie Gordon, wedding cake impresario Sylvia Weinstock, Food Network fixture Zac Young, and Super Troopers star Jay Chandrasekhar.

Here’s a peek at one of the fancy pastries, and a less-than-perfect recreation:

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All six episodes of this original series will land on Netflix on Friday, March 9. Stay tuned for more details on the show as they become available.

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from Eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2018/2/21/17036588/netflix-nailed-it

Why Every Pizza Commercial Features Literally the Exact Same Toppings

It’s a common question in focus groups, one I’ve been asked numerous times about everything from yogurt to pizza. As a teenager, I participated in a focus group about pizza advertising, and responded to that question without any concept of how many people were watching through a double-sided mirror — or how carefully our innocent, honest responses were being tracked for advertising and marketing purposes.

The line of questioning indicated that the feelings evoked by the photos I was shown — smiling teens surrounding pizza boxes, cardboard lids open to reveal the cheesy contents within — were considered just as important as whether or not I liked the product being showcased. According to entrepreneur and New York Times bestselling author Gary Vaynerchuk, “To get customers, you need to go from the heart to the brain to the wallet.” Pizza toppings, it seems, are a subject close to many people’s hearts — and therefore one that big brands take very seriously.

Pizza ads and commercials tend to highlight three specific kinds of pizzas: pepperoni; pepperoni and mushroom; and pepperoni, mushroom, green pepper, onion, and black olive. A DiGiorno pizza ad pops up into my Twitter feed every hour: It’s pepperoni. Banner ads for Little Caesars, Domino’s, and Pizza Hut? Mainly pepperoni. Google pizza commercials from the 1980s, and discover an endless supply of pepperoni, pepperoni-mushroom, and the PMGPOBO. I watched seven different commercials from 2017 and they rarely deviated from this pattern.

With consumer tastes and marketing tactics constantly in flux, why has the most salable pizza topping remained the same for so many years? Is it based on focus group results or maybe what photographs best? And why does every single pizza depicted in ads seem to always include pepperoni?

from Eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2018/2/19/17009292/pizza-advertising-toppings-pepperoni-marketing

There’s a McDonald’s That Looks Just Like a Combo Meal at the Olympics

Olympic athletes already have bodies in peak condition and talents that allow them to compete on the world’s grandest sporting stage. As if that weren’t enough to make the rest of us jealous, this year’s winter Olympians get to indulge in complimentary Big Macs, too. McDonald’s has set up two temporary outposts that are catering to competitors and fans in South Korea for the Pyeongchang games.

Mickey D’s is serving free food to athletes at its pop-up outpost inside Gangneung Olympic Village, where Olympians reside during their stay. The same offer was available at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and it proved to be so popular the chain had to limit customers to 20 items per order. That’s right, Olympians were cleaning out their local Golden Arches so fast, the restaurant couldn’t keep up.

McDonald’s second location catering these winter games is at Gangneung Olympic Park, which is open to fans from around the world. There’s no free food, but the restaurant was built to resemble a combo meal.

There is a bit of a dark cloud hanging over Pyeongchang in these early days. The dread norovirus has shown up, leaving at least 128 people sick. So far, the foodborne illness hasn’t been reported by any athletes, and it has mostly affected security guards. Should that change — especially if someone at either Gangneung McDonald’s is infected — it could be a nightmare. Norovirus spreads rapidly, and it leaves victims with symptoms such as stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Severe cases can result in hospitalization. Denver-based burrito chain Chipotle has fallen from grace in part because of its issues with norovirus outbreaks. No one associated with the PyeongChang Olympics or McDonald’s wants that story.

from Eater.com: https://www.eater.com/2018/2/9/16992076/olympic-village-mcdonalds-pyeongchang-restaurants