Snuggling on the couch on a cold winter day is one of my favorite things. Another one of my favorite things is food. To combine the two, I have created the ultimate list of foodie films, and I have suggested what to eat while you watch. This should keep everyone busy during these frigid winter weekends.
1. Waitress. This movie about a waitress that loves baking pies just oozes charm. Keri Russell stars, and the cast is rounded out by Nathan Fillion, Cheryl Hines, Jeremy Sisto and Andy Griffith. It is definitely a bit of a chick flick, and it is the perfect movie pick for a wine filled girls night.
What to eat while you watch it: Pie
2. The Hundred Foot Journey. This recent release starring Helen Mirren is such a treat. It tells the story of an Indian family who opens a restaurant across the street from a Michelin starred restaurant in France. I don’t want to give anything away if you haven’t seen it, but it’s a must watch film.
What to eat while you watch it: Both Indian and French food are made throughout the film so you can either pick Chicken Tikka Masala or snack on fresh French bread and cheese.
3. It’s Complicated. While food isn’t the focus of this film, it is certainly a supporting character since Meryl Streep’s character has a bakery and is shown cooking in several scenes. The cast is amazing, featuring Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. It’s a movie with a little of everything, it’s about love, life, and family and it has some genuinely funny scenes.
What to eat while you watch it: Chocolate Croissants or Croque Madame
4. Chef. There are lots of famous faces in this little flick about a man who leaves his job at a restaurant and starts a food truck. Chef was written and directed by Jon Favreau who also plays the title character. Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Bobby Cannavale all have supporting roles. It’s a fun movie that both men and women love.
What to eat while you watch it: A Cuban Sandwich
5. Bottle Shock. This is an indie film about the early days of the California wineries. It’s based on a true story and it stars Chris Pine, Alan Rickman, and Bill Pullman.
What to eat while you watch it: Drink wine from Napa or Sonoma, and maybe snack on some cheese and bread.
6. Ratatouille. This animated film has so much heart. It’s lighthearted, fun, and kid friendly.
What to eat while you watch it: Ratatouille
7. Eat Pray Love. Watching this movie also doubles as a virtual vacation, which is just what everyone needs in the dead of winter. Julia Roberts stars in this chick flick about a woman who travels to India, Italy, and Indonesia to find herself after a divorce.
What to eat while you watch it: Neapolitan Style Pizza
8. Sideways. Two men take a road trip through California’s wine country, and drink a lot of wine and get into trouble along the way.
eat drink while you watch it: Wine, and lots of it. But not Merlot. Merlot was bashed so much in this film that sales of the wine plummeted.
9. Spinning Plates. A documentary that follows the story of three restaurants, one of which is Alinea. I could see how this movie might only be enjoyed by people who are really interested in food culture and restaurants, but I loved it. The restaurants featured in Spinning Plates are completely different, one is a family owned place that has been open for 150 years, another is a Mexican restaurant that is just opening, and the third is Chicago’s famed Alinea.
What to eat while you watch it: Mexican food since one of the restaurants in the documentary is a small family owned Mexican place.
10. Chocolat. A story about a woman who moves to France with her young daughter and opens a chocolate shop. Johnny Dep plays the love interest to Juilette Binoche’s main character.
What to eat while you watch it: Chocolate, and lots of it.
11. Julie & Julia. You might expect that a film about a food blogger would rank higher on this list, but I kinda wish the film focused only on Julia Child because Meryl Streep is just so darn good, and I adore Stanley Tucci as her husband.
What to eat while you watch it: Eggs because the food scene that I remember the most is when Julie tries an egg for the first time. Either serve the eggs sunny side up or poached. Wouldn’t this be a fun brunch-time activity? Or, chocolate pie.