We Like to Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyoncé

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Why?

Because, Beyoncé.

I saw the On The Run Tour back in August and I was obsessed. This menu is the culmination of late night texts between my punniest foodie friends. I wanted to incorporate culinary elements from the south as a nod to Beyonce’s southern roots. It eventually evolved into liquored-up, southern comfort food with a little twist, which is generally my style anyway. I’ve provided links to all the recipes from the menu below, so you can host your own Beyoncé-themed dinner party for the On The Run Tour premier on HBO, September 20th!

Four courses. Two cocktails. Ten of my favorite people and all of our favorite Bey songs playing in the background. A super perfect night.

The Menu

Photo by Chantal Pasag

In case Beyoncé song food puns aren’t your forté, here’s a cheat sheet.
Drunk in Rub = Drunk In Love
If I Were a Po’Boy = If I Were a Boy
Braise-y In Love = Crazy in Love
PEARtition = Partition
Me, Myself and Rye = Me, Myself and I
Pretty Burps = Pretty Hurts
Photo by Chantal Pasag

First Course: Drunk in Rub

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

Chicken wings (all flats, because I’m a wing connoisseur), brined in whiskey then smoked over apple wood chips. After they rest overnight, they’re deep fried then sprinkled with a dehydrated honey and spice rub. Recipe here.
Photo by Chantal Pasag

Second Course: If I Were a Po’Boy

if i were a poboy: chicken fried mushroom mini poboy on fmitk.com

Chicken-fried portobello mushroom with lemon aioli and smoked tomatoes. Recipe here.
Photo by Mikee Catacutan

if i were a poboy: chicken fried mushroom mini poboy on fmitk.com

I was super excited to watch people eat these. Can you tell?
Photo by Chantal Pasag

Third Course: Braise-y In Love

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Topping the braised beef with gremolata.
Photo by Mikee Catacutan

Fourth Course: PEARtition

peartition: red wine poached pears with brown butter crumble on fmitk.com

Red wine-poached pears with chai spices, orange flower creme anglaise and brown butter crumble. Recipe here.
Photo by Chantal Pasag

The Cocktails: Me, Myself and Rye + Pretty Burps

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Me, Myself and Rye: I switched up the vodka in a classic Moscow Mule for some Bulleit Rye. Top with ginger beer, a squeeze of lime and some fresh blueberries.
Photo by Chantal Pasag

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Pretty Burps: Watermelon puree, strained of solids and infused with chopped kaffir lime leaves for a few hours. Pour equal portions (adjust as desired) of watermelon puree and cava into a glass and enjoy.
Photo by Brandon Matzek

The People

None of this would have been possible without the encouragement, help, inspiration and humor of my friends. And they all happen to be gorgeous. How lucky am I?

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Mikee – host, photographer, and sous chef extraordinaire.

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Jason and Chantal, wing and mule in hand.

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Brianne and Jervae – two of my most talented friends. I think I met both of them on Twitter.  Yay, the internets!

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

Jorge and Brandon  – my fellow foodies in crime! Another friendship forged via social media! Thanks, Instagrams!

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

And a very happy dinner it was!

We Like To Party: A Culinary Ode to Beyonce on FMITK.com

And a well deserved drink for the chef. Fin!

The Credits:

The creative people who helped come up with these fabulous puns: Brandon, Tyrone, Imani, Jervae

The man who made everything gorgeous, photographer and host: Mikee Catacutan

My tribeswoman, who took pictures while I was busy cookin’: Chantal Pasag

Extra special shoutout to Tanya, who drove all the way down from Irvine to eat with us!

Finally, a super huge big thank you to everyone that ate all my foods then helped me do dishes after lol  – Mikee, Don, Brianne, Jervae, Brandon, Jorge, Chantal, Jason, Natalie and Tanya! Mama was tired and y’all really hooked it up!

I love you like xo.

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