Former film critic and editor of the now-defunct Flipside Movie Emporium. Writer of sorts. Houston native. Also: dancer, poet, fiddler.
feed the beast
Dinner and a Movie: Dr. Phibes Feast at Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park
You might know the late, great Vincent Price for his brilliant, hammy performances in classic horror films like House of Wax (1953), The Pit and the Pendulum (1961), and The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971). If you’re not a classic-horror junkie, then surely you know him for his rap verse on Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” or his final screen performance as The Inventor in Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
Right. But did you know Vincent Price was a foodie?
Yep. Back in 1965, he and his wife, Mary Price, published a cookbook called A Treasury of Great Recipes, filled with an array of delectable dishes curated by Vincent and Mary from restaurants all around the world. Foodies seemed to like it. Saveur Magazine even called it “one of the most important culinary events of the 20th century.” The book has been long out of print, a holy grail of foodiedom.
In a few weeks, though, a new 50th anniversary edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes hits the streets. But before you 1-Click preorder from Amazon, consider instead going to Alamo Drafthouse’s “The Abominable Dr. Phibes Feast” on Sunday, September 27, at Alamo Drafthouse Vintage Park. Starting a 6 p.m., the evening will feature a screening of the classic Vincent Price comedy of the macabre along with a mouth-watering five-course meal taken directly from the pages of A Treasury of Great Recipes.
To top it all off, Vincent and Mary’s daughter, Victoria Price, will be in attendance for the event, sharing memories of her father with the multimedia presentation “Explore, Savor, Celebrate: Life with Vincent Price.” After the feast and movie, she’ll stick around to sign copies of her parents’ cookbook and her own book, Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography.
The price for dinner and a movie is $55. You can add a copy of the new edition of A Treasury of Great Recipes for a total ticket price of $105.
Here’s what’s in store for the feast:
1. Soupe à L’oignon. Savory onion soup served with a Parmesan crostini and garnished with fresh herbs.
2. Chicken Salad & Dutch Style Asparagus. Chicken salad with crisp celery and Granny Smith apples. Served with steamed asparagus with thinly sliced ham and mashed hard-boiled egg.
3. Croque-Monsieur. Fancy grilled ham and cheese. Made with a Maytag Blue and Gruyère cheeses.
4. Frankfurter with Boston Baked Beans. Stuffed Tender Belly hot dog wrapped in bacon on a bakery fresh bun. Served with Boston Baked Beans.
5. Pot de Crème Chocolat. Airy chocolate mousse served with sweet hand-whipped cream.
Is your mouth watering yet?
Then get your tickets for the feast and movie here. And watch The Abominable Dr. Phibes trailer below.