Film programs can be a lot of fun, although sometimes not stimulating. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to immerse seniors into a full sensory activity while appreciating a great film? A few years ago I decided to take my love of good food and love of movies and combine it into a hands-on activity. I called it “ Lights, Camera, Appetite
For example, Wizard of Oz. You can make rainbow cupcakes and as seniors are watching the film they can also enjoy a tasty treat! Let’s try to stray away from just showing a movie and let’s make it an experience they will be raving about ! Here are just a few fun films you can pair with these recipes to make a full sensory experience:
Serendipity- This film sets in NYC and is about two people ( Kate Beckinsale and John Cusack) meeting in a very serendipitous manner. One star of this film was the Frozen Hot Chocolate sold at a store named, you guessed it, Serendipity. Amazon does sell the packets of their frozen hot cocoa mix online but you can also brew your own hot cocoa, let it cool then blend it up with some chocolate ice cream and equal parts of milk and heavy cream. Then, set up a fun toppings bar for your participants to add whipped cream, chocolate morsels and more on top!
The Help- This riveting film that focuses on what life was like for 1960’s housemaids is not only educational and sad, it also has some humor. One scene has a pie is served to one of the characters with an ingredient that wasn’t supposed to be in it. A Chocolate Chess Pie. This recipe is one of the best I’ve come across : https://www.browneyedbaker.com/chocolate-chess-pie/
My Big Fat Greek Wedding- Such a great film for a ton of laughs about a Greek woman who is marrying a guy who isn’t and the culture change for both families. It has some hysterical moments. This could be a great film to have participants put together fun Greek Yogurt creations. If you gather chocolate syrup, honey, berries, chocolate morsels, caramel syrup, granola, and have them choose what to add to their parfait.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s - I couldn’t make a list without adding one movie from my favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn. This classic never gets old and is also a fabulous film to have a “ Lights, Camera, Appetite” class with. Try making a fun and elegant breakfast. Instead of regular French toast, that normal uses sliced bread, consider cutting slices of Angel Food Cake. It adds a bit of sophistication Audrey’s character Holly Golightly would certainly approve of.
These were just a few ideas to get you started, but if you find this program to be a success there are so many films you can find inspiration from. There is even a great show called Binging with Babish in which a chef makes foods inspired by tv shows and movies that I highly recommend. 😄