A passion for food + fashion

Friday Follies: Beauty’s Feast Chez Beast

In Film, Food on February 6, 2009 at 8:00 am

Friday Follies [n., pl.] postings on Fridays about fashion and food in film from guest bloggers with impeccable taste.


“If you’re stressed, it’s fine dining we suggest!”

Even without any actual “live-action food,” one of the greatest odes to fine dining on film is from Disney’s animated Beauty and the Beast.

After young Belle has been taken prisoner in The Beast’s castle, the various servants-turned-objet comfort her with an elaborate meal because “after all, Miss, this is France!”

Living candlestick Lumière (voiced by the late great Jerry Orbach) insists that a true fine dining experience consists of all the important elements: music, proper table setting, atmosphere, course after course of perfectly prepared food, as well as wine, beer and pink Champagne!  I love that this is one of the few nods to the French setting of the story, and I certainly know that fine dining is indeed, as Lumière suggests, a sure-fire way to reduce stress.  There’s nothing like a beautiful dinner enjoyed with friends – and, hey, if you threw in some dancing flatware, it sure wouldn’t hurt!

For those of you thinking of recreating Belle’s feast (sans personified household items), I imagine the menu would look something like this:



Hot hors d’œuvre

Soupe du Jour served with crouton “loop de loop”


Beef Ragoût

Cheese Soufflé


Singing Pork

Dancing Veal



Pudding “en flambé”


Vin * Champagne Rosé * Bière

—Kathleen Moore, thewb.com

For the previous Friday Follies, click here.

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