Have a “Great Gatsby” Dinner

Anyone else excited for the release of the “Great Gatsby” this weekend?  Well, we sure are. Much has changed in restaurant menuing since the 20′s. Just look at an example:

New York Central Lines Menu, 1927 Via http://menus.nypl.org/

New York Central Lines Menu, 1927 Via http://menus.nypl.org/

So, in the spirit of the roaring 20′s we wanted to share some dinner ideas sure to make anyone feel like a regular Jay Gatsby.
Food Genius’ Top Menu Ideas:
For Hors d’oeuvres: 
  • Oysters, Mussels or Clams
  • Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage or Crab
  • Shrimp
  • Fig with Blue Cheese
Side Ideas:
  • Waldorf Salad
  • Pan fried Sweet Breads
  • Sautéed Garden Chard
  • Root Vegetable Puree
  • Potato Salad
Entree Ideas:
  • Roast Ham
  • Pork Chop
  • New York Strip Steak or Filet Mignon W/ Bordelaise

You can also find more inspiration from the New York Public Library’s Historic Menu Database – With menus from the 1920′s.

We also gathered some data around some of these Great Gatsby Menu Ideas:*
  • On Fine Dining menus Oysters appear on 30% of these menus and are described as “grilled” 3% of the time & “broiled” 2%.
  • On Fine Dining menus, Figs are menued on 11% and the most popular cheese pairings are goat, gorgonzola, blue, and brie cheese.
  • When sausage stuffed mushrooms appear on a Fine Dining menu, Independents make up the lion share with 88% versus Chains at 12% distribution.  On the other hand, the distribution of crab stuffed mushrooms is roughly split, with Independents at 59% versus Chains 41%.
  • Rosemary is the most commonly menued herb with a steak.

*This data all comes from Food Genius Reports, our menu tracking platform.


Read more about these different Gatsby menu ideas: 


Let us know if we missed anything and have a Great Gatsby weekend!
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