Pandemic “Dinner and a Movie” Nights

by | Mar 30, 2021 | Daily life, Food & Drink

Since we are still mostly housebound and missing travel we came up with the idea of pairing meals (and wine!) to the location of a movie. We’ve been wanting to watch the Before trilogy for a while, and it was a great starting point since they take place in foodie places like Vienna (Before Sunrise), Paris (Before Sunset), and Greece (Before Midnight).

You can see all the photos from our pandemic date nights on Flickr.

Movie: Before Sunrise
Setting: Vienna


Chicken schnitzel (homemade)
Cucumber Salad (homemade)
Spatzle (homemade)
Sachertorte (purchased @ Guglhupf)
Wine: Gruner Veltliner (purchased @ Wine Authorities)


Vienna dinner - chicken schnitzel, spatztle and cucumber salad

Vienna: Gruner Veltliner (purchased @ Wine Authorities)  Vienna: Sachertorte (interior)


Movie: Before Sunset
Setting: Paris


Steak frites (grilled flank steak and Oreda french fries)
Chocolate dipped eclairs (homemade)
Wine: Champagne (purchased @ Wine Authorities)



Paris dinner - steak frites and side salad

Paris: champagne! (purchased @ Wine Authorities)  Paris: Chocolate-dipped eclairs


Movie: Before Midnight
Setting: Greece


Greek Chicken Kebabs (grilled chicken marinated in rosemary, olive oil, lemon)
Tiropita (feta cheese pie) (homemade)
Stuffed grape leaves (Neomonde)
Baklava – pistachio and walnut (Neomonde)
Wines: 2019 Greek Wine Cellars (D. Kourtakis) Assyrtiko (white), 2018 Greek Wine Cellars (D. Kourtakis) Agiorgitiko (red), Hermes Muscat Patras (sweet white) (purchased @ Total Wine)

Greece: chicken-stuffed pitas w/ cheese pies

Greece: Greek wine (red and white)  Greece: pistachio baklava from Neomonde and Greek dessert wine

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