Imagine entering the drawing room in which “New York’s most chosen company is somewhat awfully assembled.” Sounds stuffy, no? But — if you were doing so, if you happened to be wearing a gorgeous red gown, and if you also happened to be Michelle Pfeiffer, then you would, of course, be in the midst of Martin Scorsese’s lush and highly addictive adaptation of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence (and one of my all time favorite films). Set among the high society of late 19th century New York, the food in The Age of Innocence is more than mere set dressing. The plot, emotions of the characters and satirical voice of Wharton herself shine through the meals — both in the plates and assemblies. As the film plays out the forbidden romance between Newland Archer (Daniel Day Lewis) and the passionate and unconventional Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer), their meetings over teas and seated around dinners vary from the utterly romantic to hopelessly crushing and all of the veiled emotions are crystallized in the meals.
Click here for the Age of Innocence Movie Themed Dinner Party by Elena Parker via Food52