Hello there, it's the BF [bracket-happy Editor], hijacking this entry. Thought we'd kick back into gear with something a little different, a cocktail to lead us into one of Chef Jacquie's favorite nights of the year: Oscar night.
For those unaware, Jacquie and I complement each other beautifully in the creative spaces. I worked for musician/music-industry-oriented magazines for roughly a quarter century, am the product of two San Francisco-based jazz pianists, and like to think I opened up her ears a little bit. She, in turn, helped me appreciate movies on an entirely different level. Still remember walking up the aisle after Pulp Fiction, feeling like I'd ridden a roller coaster with her all day. Since we met, I've been a more discerning movie fan.
And Oscar night? It's her Super Bowl.
For over a decade Chef Jacquie had weekend clients who unfortunately kept her busy on those Sunday nights, but now we settle in with appropriate libations and make our picks (ours are below), while trying to prepare ourselves beforehand by seeing as many of the nominees as we can. This year we were both excited to have so many good pictures to review.
For this Oscar ceremony, we're going a couple decades back to a date we had at Spago in Palo Alto, CA, where she ordered the restaurant's eponymous martini, and after started making her own version of it whenever she could.
It's Jolly Rancher good.
So we hope you enjoy this year's Oscars, and here are our picks for some of the major categories. Let us know yours in the comments!
Chef Jacquie: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
The BF: Quentin Tarantino, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
CJ: Jacqueline Durran, Little Women
BF: Mayes C. Rubeo, Jojo Rabbit
CJ: Roger Deakins, 1917
BF: Roger Deakins, 1917
Actress In A Supporting Role
CJ: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
BF: Kathy Bates, Richard Jewell
Actor In A Supporting Role
CJ: Brad Pitt, Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood
BF: Joe Pesci, The Irishman
Actress In A Leading Role
CJ: Renée Zellweger, Judy
BF: Renée Zellweger, Judy
Actor In A Leading Role
CJ: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
BF: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
CJ: Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood [but pretty sure 1917 will win]
Stolen from: Spago's Restaurant [Ed. note: Not literally.]
Number of servings: 2-3 martinis
Cinnamon Sugar Rim
Good to the last drop.
I'm Jacquie, personal chef & recipe developer in the bay area. Living life with my wildly funny boyfriend and dog Marlowe. Lover of books, bourbon, chocolate and movies.