Dinner and a movie—it’s a classic date-night combination. But when Valentine’s Day rolls around, the occasion calls for something a little more intentional. Why not pair a carefully selected movie with a dish inspired by it—a dish that makes an appearance in the movie?
This list of 6 dinner and movie pairings covers the gamut of dining options from decadent to casual, and includes a wide variety of movies too. Which combo would you pick this February 14th?
Channel your inner soul man with this comedy classic. Break open a bottle of your finest champagne and pair it with shrimp cocktail (and a pair of shades).
Pair with: Shrimp Cocktail
Prepare with: Wild-Caught Shrimp
Julie & Julia
Bring the French Chef into your home, albeit a bit vicariously, through this foodie-favorite flick. Pair it with the comfort food classic that Julie starts with—a hearty, home-style beef burgundy stew.
Pair with: Boeuf Bourguignon
Prepare with: USDA Prime Beef for Stew
When Harry Met Sally
It’s Valentine’s Day after all—why not have what she’s having? In the risque iconic diner scene, Sally is (thoroughly) enjoying a deli sandwich. But earlier in the movie, she makes an impression on Harry with her very particular ordering style.
Pair with: Chef Salad & Apple Pie a la Mode (warmed) with Strawberry Ice Cream or (fresh) Whipped Cream
Prepare with: Smoked Bone-In Ham
Cuban-style sandwiches might not be the most romantic meal, but if you or your sweetie is a foodie or a chef, you’ll appreciate this film and the perfect pairing.
Pair with: Cubanos
Prepare with: or Berkshire Pork Bone-In Boston Butt and Smoked Bone-In Ham
Lobster is a decadent, romantic meal to indulge in on Valentine’s Day, for sure. Pair it with this funny flick to lighten the mood.
Pair with: Lobster
Prepare with: Wild-Caught Maine Lobster Tails
This comedy features a couple who’s gotten into a date-night rut. So much so that the waitress even knows their usual date-night order (potato skins and salmon). But hilarity ensues when they try to pose as a hip couple to get a reservation at an exclusive new seafood restaurant. We hope your Valentine’s evening doesn’t end up quite as crazy, but you can still indulge in their upscale dinner selections: crab and truffle risotto. (Celebrity sightings optional.)
For the Fosters’ old standby date night, pair with: Potato Skins & Salmon
Prepare with: Double Hickory Smoked Slab Bacon and Smoked Salmon
For the Fosters’ hip and exciting date night, pair with: Crab and Truffle Risotto
Prepare with: Wild-Caught King Crab Merus Sections and Epicurean Black Truffle Butter or Ranieri White Truffle-Infused Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Lady & the Tramp
Ok, so it’s an animated movie, but it’s a classic. And that spaghetti and meatballs scene is unforgettably romantic. It’s a sweet scene-setter for your Valentine’s dinner.
Pair with: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Prepare with: USDA Prime Filet Mignon Burger Ground Beef
What are your Valentine’s Day date night plans? What is your favorite food that’s featured in a movie? Which movie and dinner pairing would you want to try?