Dragon eggs nestled in black forbidden rice. Dark & Stormy cocktails. A House Baratheon skewer station -- how apt! -- and of course, lemon cakes, Sansa's favorite dessert.
The chefs at Taste Catering pulled out all the stops last week for the red-carpet premiere of "Game of Thrones" at San Francisco's Palace of Fine Arts. Fans of the HBO series and George R.R. Martin's books cheered as the author, showrunnners, directors and stars -- including Kit Harington (Jon Snow), Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) and Michelle Fairley (Catelyn Stark) -- swept in to watch the Season 3 premiere episode with them in a red-draped theater.
We can't get Jaime Lannister to your "Thrones" viewing party when the new season kicks off Sunday, but we picked up plenty of menu ideas for you at the premiere afterparty.
The popular series may be known for its medieval blood, gore and intrigue, but there is no shortage of culinary inspiration in Westeros. Just ask Taste Catering executive chef Chris Borges, whose team passed platters of Bran Stark-inspired rustic hand pies stuffed with Marin Sun Farms beef picadillo, Night's Watch treacle-glazed chicken sandwiches and tiny ice cream cones filled with King's Landing Blood Melon Sorbet.
House Baratheon, which is better known for skewering people than ras el hanout-spiced lamb, was represented by platters of shish kebabs, served with chutneys, relishes and sauces for dipping. A Khaleesi-approved "Dragon's Repast" buffet included ravioli filled with Nantes carrots or beets, veal meatballs, and a kale salad with farro and pomegranate seeds.
A dessert buffet offered raised platters of those famous lemon cakes, Lannister's Sinful Chocolate Cremeux (chocolate mousse served in shot glasses), tiny pecan pies and blueberry-ricotta tarts (favored, we were told, by Samwell Tarly). Meanwhile, bartenders served Ommegang Iron Throne Blonde Ale in goblets and Dark & Stormy cocktails in copper mule mugs.
It was grandly, gloriously over-the-top. But those Dark & Stormy cocktails, skewers and lemon cakes are all perfect, doable fare for any home-viewing party this weekend. The Dothraki bouncers are up to you.
More 'Thrones'-inspired recipes
You'll find plenty of "Game of Thrones"-inspired recipes in Chelsea Monroe-Cassel and Sariann Lehrer's "A Feast of Ice & Fire: The Official Companion Cookbook" (Bantam, $35, 226 pages). George R.R. Martin wrote the introduction to the volume -- it doesn't get any more official than that.
Penned by the writers behind Inn at the Crossroads (www.innatthecrossroads.com), a "Thrones"-inspired food blog, the book covers everything from Winterfell aurochs with roasted leeks to Tyroshi honeyfingers, with medieval and modern-day recipes for each.