Have you ever watched a film whose depiction of food left you starving? Maybe it was the food itself, the way the actors ate or prepared the food, or even the story leading up to a final climactic meal. Listen as we discuss some of the best food scenes in movies, and how they left us wanting more!

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Some of the most famous scenes in film relate to food.

Whether it’s the maharaja’s banquet in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, or the prison scene in Goodfellas, food played a key role in setting the tone for the scene, and for the entire movie.

In this episode, we discuss some of the most iconic food scenes in movies, and a few may even surprise you.

While Jon Favreau’s Chef seems to be our winner when it comes to famous food in film, there are a number of other food scenes in movies we discuss, including Dinner Rush, Pulp Fiction, Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle, and Christmas Vacation. This list and episode are obviously not exhaustive so we might revisit the topic in the future. We wanted to go over movies that we’ve actually watched.

Food news

This week’s discussion on food news includes the outrageous new pizza by DiGiorno that’s sure to infuriate many! Their latest pizza which is available via online orders only will be released on September 5th and is topped with pineapples and pizza.

We also discuss the Bonne Maman 2023 limited edition Advent calendar and some of their intriguing new flavors.

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Movies discussed

  • Pulp Fiction
  • Goodfellas
  • Dinner Rush
  • Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • Eat Drink Man Woman
  • Chef
  • Big Night
  • The Menu
  • Indiana Jones
  • Christmas Vacation
  • Pig
  • Megan

Recipes discussed

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  1. “Goodfellas”: the dish that was cooked and served by Tommy’s mother (Catharine Scorsese) was pasta fazool. In that scene Joe Pesci kept eating bowl after bowl he was that enamored of Catharine’s cooking.

  2. Some other great food-centric movies and food scenes:
    Soul Food – (scene) A Sunday dinner featuring the titular repast.
    The Godfather – (scene) Clemenza shows Michael his Sunday sauce recipe.
    Moonstruck – (scene) Loretta makes a steak with a side of spaghetti aglio e olio for Ronny. (scene) The Castorini family gathers for a dinner featuring what looks like roast chicken, pasta, and salad. (scene) Rose makes eggs-in-a-hole for breakfast.
    Home For The Holidays – (scene) A Thanksgiving dinner with the Larson family goes comically wrong.
    Fatso – An entire movie about a man trying to lose weight but who is constantly surrounded and tempted by delicious food. (scene) Dominick can’t resist sampling the breakfast pastries he lays out for customers in his greeting card shop. (scene) Dominick can’t resist dunking pieces of bread in a big pot of simmering marinara sauce every time he passes the stove in his kitchen. (scene) Dominick takes issue with how his cousin “runs his plate” of bacon and eggs at breakfast. (scene) Dominick and the rest of his weight-watchers group fall off the wagon and revel in a gluttonous orgy.
    Julie and Julia – A movie about Julia Child and an admirer who attempts to prepare every recipe in Child’s Mastering the Art… cookbook.
    Saturday Night Fever – (scene) Tony scarfing down double slices of pizza. (scene) The Monero family eating a dinner of pork chops and spaghetti.
    The Sopranos – Not a movie, but cinematic in scope with numerous scenes of Italian-American food being discussed, debated, prepared, and eaten.