Dinner and a Movie: Louisiana Style

Create a Louisiana date night at home! Just pair a Louisiana-made film with a Louisiana-inspired dish.

Pimms Cup cocktail from Napoleon House in New Orleans

Whip up a Pimm's Cocktail and cozy up for Louisiana-inspired movie night!

Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant

Natchitoches meat pies pair perfectly with the classic Steel Magnolias film.

Steel Magnolias

The Steel Magnolias Bed and Breakfast was one of the filming locations for the eponymous movie.

Louisiana recipes Oak Alley Shrimp Creole

Make this iconic Shrimp Creole dish to pair with the King of Creole film.

Bring the colors, sounds and flavors of Louisiana into your own home with these perfect pairings!

Steel Magnolias & Natchitoches Meat Pies

Natchitoches’ two biggest claims to fame might just be its delectable meat pies, best eaten while watching the 1989 drama Steel Magnolias. The Oscar-nominated film is based on a screenplay written by local playwright Robert Harling and tells the touching story of a group of women (played by Julia Roberts, Sally Fields and Dolly Parton, among others) who form a bond in a small Southern town. Natchitoches (pronounced Nack-a-TISH) was the primary filming location, and the house where most of it was filmed is currently run as a bed-and-breakfast.

Three blocks away from the Steel Magnolias Bed & Breakfast is Lasyone’s, a downtown Natchitoches institution renowned for its meat pies. Made with beef, pork, peppers and herbs, the regional delicacy honors the area's Spanish and American Indian legacies. Make your own with this recipe, courtesy of Louisiana Cookin’.

King Creole & Shrimp Creole

King Creole is a classic Hollywood film starring Elvis Presley, made at the height of Elvis-mania in 1958. The movie, in which Danny (played by Presley) winds up as a singer at a nightclub and becomes involved with gangsters and an unsavory crime boss, was a critical and commercial hit, and many scenes prominently featured New Orleans’ French Quarter.

Keep the Creole vibe going with a bowl of shrimp Creole, one of the classics of south Louisiana cooking. The dish is a thick stew made with shrimp (preferably from the Louisiana Gulf coast), vegetables, herbs and a roux of oil and flour, all served over rice. Oak Alley Plantation Restaurant & Inn serves up some of the best dishes of shrimp Creole on River Road, and you can find a recipe for shrimp Creole here

JFK & Pimm’s Cup Cocktail

Oliver Stone’s 1991 blockbuster film JFK was a beautifully shot, if not controversial, cinematic masterpiece (controversial, because it told an alternate history of the Kennedy assassination, and a masterpiece, as indicated by the Best Cinematography Oscar it won). Napoleon House was one of many New Orleans locations where scenes were shot. And for good reason: The bar and restaurant is one of the most picturesque, historic locations in New Orleans’ French Quarter. Napoleon House’s history is movie-worthy itself — its former inhabitant, New Orleans mayor Nicholas Girod, offered Napoleon Bonaparte his home in 1821 as a refuge from his exile. Though Napoleon never took up Girod on his offer, the name is a nod to his legacy.

Napoleon House’s most famous cocktail is its Pimm’s Cup. The London-born drink is synonymous with the restaurant, so much in fact that restaurant owner Ralph Brennan claims that more Pimm’s Cups are served here than anywhere else in the world. You can recreate your own Napoleon House Pimm’s Cup with this recipe.

Learn more about the film scene and history in Louisiana and watch other binge-worthy Louisiana TV series.