Virtual Mad Men Finale Party Recap: #PartyLikeAMadMan Highlights

TheUnofficialMadMenCookbook FinaleParty 600x196 V1 1024 1024x335 Virtual Mad Men Finale Party Recap: #PartyLikeAMadMan HighlightsBloggers give us so many reasons to adore them. They aren’t afraid to take risks, get messy in the kitchen, and think out of the box. That was certainly true of almost 50 bloggers who joined together at a virtual dinner party on April 5 to toast Mad Men’s final season with The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook and create a memorable Mad Men menu.

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Girlichef recalls the opening scene of Mad Men with Don’s Old Fashioned

A few bloggers brought us right back to favorite Mad Men food moments: Girlichef went back to the opening scene of the very first episode, replicating Don’s scribbled napkin notes as he sips an Old Fashioned. Cheap Ethnic Eatz pays a tribute to Roger’s “Milky Vodka” breakfast.

A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen captured Don’s first date with Bethany —at Jimmy LaGrange’s—by whipping up Chicken Kiev. Mama Challenge recalled Joan and Roger’s early hotel trysts with a Beef Wellington worthy of room service.

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Brooklyn Farm Girl wishes Don had chosen Betty’s Swedish Meatballs over chicken salad.

Brooklyn Farm Girl was back in the Draper family kitchen, when Betty offered Don Swedish meatballs or chicken salad for dinner: our blogger declared that Don missed out by choosing the latter: “Betty’s Swedish Meatballs are where the magic is at,” she wrote.

And they partied! We Heart This served up canapés and whiskey sours for their retro happy hour office party. Dinner is Served 1972 served up a dozen dishes at her Mad Men bash with some pals: her cake fountain was a hit with our
virtual partygoers.

 Virtual Mad Men Finale Party Recap: #PartyLikeAMadMan Highlights

Dinner is Served 1972’s  glowing cake fountain set the mood at her Mad Men bash.

Food Hunter’s Guide to Cuisine had a retro crowd pleasing menu for her cocktail hour. Ugly Food Tastes Better invited ”misfit” friends to sip one of Peggy’s favorites, Brandy Alexanders, and Culinary Adventures with Cam topped off a Mad Men birthday party with Henry and Betty’s Apple Pie. Silver Screen Suppers invited a gang to toast Trader Vic’s with Rumaki and Trader Vic’s steak.

Some of our chef bloggers had twists up their sleeves. Mission: Food brightened up her Stork Club Cocktails with Cara Cara oranges, while She’s Cookin’ added endive for a modern Waldorf

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Silver Screen Suppers Rumaki Spread

Salad. Vintage Sugar Cube swapped red wine for sangria in Barbetta’s Baked Pears and Sidewalk Shoes mixed both His & Hers Martinis. Copykat Recipes fired up Parmesan canapés with Sriracha, and Kitchen Witch embellished her Deviled Egg with truffle (oil, salt and pearls!)

 Virtual Mad Men Finale Party Recap: #PartyLikeAMadMan Highlights

Famished Fish Finicky Shark paired a wedge salad with a Bloody Mary

Everyone swooned a bit. Famished Fish, Finicky Shark waxed about the divine tang and crunch of her Wedge salad, while Cookistry warned of the hazards of making Pete’s California Dip: “DON’T MAKE THIS RECIPE. Just don’t. If you do make it, you will become obsessed.” From Gate to Plate called Cocktail nibblers “perfection”: “Something a little salty to with the something boozy is a perfect pair.” *That* Susan Wiliams just loves when a recipe has a story, like the Kennedy White House and the Avocado Crabmeat Mimosa.

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Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en went poolside with Pete Campbell at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en went poolside with Pete Cambpell, for a Beverly Hills Hotel Royal Hawaiian, got stoned with Peggy and Paul while they devised a Bacardi ad, and mixed a Trader Vic’s Mai Tai Lost in Paradise assembled Betty’s appetizers from Season 6. Thank you video bloggers!

A few partygoers arrived with a complete meal, including a Mad Men lunch from Making Miracles and Sally’s French Toast breakfast from Cheap Ethnic Eatz, while I Can Cook That
prepared a ribeye and potatoes dinner fit for Pete Campbell.

And others attending focused on creating one dish or drink. Feed Me Seymour went modern with Passion Fruit Mojitos, and Seitan Beats Your Meat captured “drowning” and illusion” in Don Drapers Journey through her image of Don’s Old Fashioned —and his journey. Merlot Mommy mixed the Roosevelt Hotel’s MadMenhattan.

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Karen’s Kitchen Stories served up the Stork Club Cocktail

Karen’s Kitchen Stories favored the Stork Club Cocktail, while The Red Head Baker was keen on Crab Rangoon.

Cocktail and appetizers were popular.  Sass and Gin paired Jackie Kennedy’s Avocado and Crabmeat Mimosa Salad, and with a Bridge Night Tom Collins. Heritage Recipe Box offered Don’s Old Fahsioned with stuffed celery while Food in Literature complemented canapés with Bloody Marys.

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That Skinny Chick Can Bake brought Sally Draper’s Fudge Cake

There were toasts to favorite Mad Men characters: Dying for Chocolate baked Cola-Cola cake for Betty Draper, who almost had a modeling job with Coke. Mother Would Know made Date Nut Bread for Peggy and Joan and Eliot’s Eats went tropical with Joan’s Blue Hawaiian.

 Virtual Mad Men Finale Party Recap: #PartyLikeAMadMan Highlights

Eliot’s Eats with a taste of the tropics, a Blue Hawaiian.

Amy’s Cooking Adventures, To the T, and That Skinny Chick Can Bake celebrated with Sally Draper’s Cocoa Fudge “Mommy and Daddy” cake.

Veggie options — Chile Rellenos and Waldorf Salad — were a hit with Dancing Veggies. Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt discovered the joy of adding pecans to Pineapple Upside Down Cake and Cheese Curd in Paradise learned this cake was an easy one.

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Cheap Ethnic Eats midcentury goblets for her breakfast gimlet

Of course, there was a lot of nostalgia. For Cooking Through the Clippings, there were childhood memories eating Swedish Meatballs. A Book of Cookrye remembered visiting Lindy’s in New York while making cheesecake. Jamie Godfrey used his midcentury modern gold glassware to serve his Tom Collins, while Cheap Ethnic Eatz served her vodka gimlets in goblets—a 1950s wedding anniversary gift for her grandparents.

We’re grateful to this wonderful group of bloggers who contributed to the feast by helping us share these Mad Men era recipes for others to enjoy. Cheers!

The Virtual Mad Men Finale Party menu
Virtual Mad Men
Finale Party Facebook Album

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Virtual Mad Men Finale Party Facebook Album

A tremendous thank you to all participating bloggers, judges, and sponsors, below.

Blogger Awards:

Don Draper Best in Show Award for best overall blog: writing, creativity and visual excellence

Winner: We Heart This
2nd Place: Food Hunters Guide to Cuisine

Peggy Olson Copywriting Award for Best Writing

Winner: A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
2nd place: Cookistry

Sal Romano Style Award for Excellence in Photography

Winner: Sidewalk Shoes
2nd place: Seitan Beats Your Meat

Sal Romano Style Award for Excellence in Styling

Winner: Sidewalk Shoes (His and Hers Martinis)
2nd place: Cookistry (California Dip)

Sal Romano Style Award for Excellence in Photographic Concept

Winner: Seitan Beats Your Meat
2nd place Girlichef

Roger Sterling Award for Humor and Party Atmosphere

Winner: Dinner is Served 1972
2nd place: Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

Joan Harris/Ted Chaough “Bold and Creative” Award

Winner: Dinner is Served 1972
2nd place: Velveteen Lounge Kitsch-en

Pete Campbell Award for Best Pitched Recipe:

Winner: *That* Susan Williams
2nd place: Cookistry

Thanks to our judges!

Evan Kleiman, WCRW’s “Good Food” Host
Faith Durand, Executive Editor, The Kitchn
Warren Bobrow, author Whiskey Cocktails & Apothecary Cocktails
Arthur Bovino, Senior Editor, The Daily Meal
Kathy Gunst, Chef, NPR’s “Here and Now”
Leah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of Smart Pop, BenBella Books
Joelle Delbourgo, Literary Agent
Nina Gallant, Food Photographer
Catrine Kelty, Food Stylist

And many thanks to our sponsors for Mad Men prizes:

WMFAmericas
New York’s Roosevelt Hotel
Barbetta

Grand Central Oyster Bar
William Greenberg Desserts
Utz Snacks
Bauer Pottery

Groovy Candies:
EatSmart
Sunkist
Bormioli Rocco
Quartous Books

And we appreciate generosity of BenBella Books for their support of this event.

Three Mad Men Inspired Cocktails from New York’s Roosevelt Hotel to Toast the Series Finale

 Three Mad Men Inspired Cocktails from New York’s Roosevelt Hotel to Toast the Series Finale

Madison Club Lounge at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel

For the Virtual Mad Men Finale Party on April 5 —when we’ll be creating the ultimate Mad Men menu with bloggers worldwide—we’re pleased to share three cocktail recipes from the Roosevelt Hotel. Bartenders at the Madison Club Lounge, a classic New York City hotel bar in the Roosevelt, will mix these classic Mad Men drinks — Sterling Cooper Cosmopolitans, MadMenhattans and Dapper Dons — for the show’s final season premiere on April 5. Manager Keith Riker says the “brown spirits”, and in particular the Manhattan, have grown in popularity since Mad Men premiered in 2007.TheUnofficialMadMenCookbook FinaleParty 200x2001 150x150 Three Mad Men Inspired Cocktails from New York’s Roosevelt Hotel to Toast the Series Finale

The landmark hotel, located on Madison Avenue at 45th Street in the heart of midtown, was built in 1924, and named for President Theodore Roosevelt. This “Grand Dame of Madison Avenue” is a favorite haunt for many Mad Men characters: Don took up residence there after his split from Betty, and it’s where Sal orders a Campari when he meets Elliot from Belle Jolie Lipstick.

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Bartenders at the Roosevelt Hotel

If you’re in Manhattan on April 5, head to The Roosevelt to take in the Mad Men premiere on a big screen, sip some classic cocktails, and enjoy food and giveaways in a setting that will take you right back to the Mad Men era. Sunday, April 5th, 7-11 p.m. You may even hear the echoes of Guy Lombardo and his orchestra.

 

Sterling Cooper Cosmopolitan

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Sterling Cooper Cosmopolitan from New York’s Roosevelt Hotel

From bartenders at Madison Club Lounge, Roosevelt Hotel for The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

A cosmo might be the next favorite drink for the Mad Men crew. We  imagine it will be sipped at Don’s retirement party.

1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
1 ounce cranberry juice
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1 1/3 ounce Absolut Vodka Citron
Prosecco, to top off
Lime wheel, for garnish

Pour all ingredients into cocktail shaker filled with ice.
Shake well and double strain into large cocktail glass.
Top with Prosecco. Garnish with lime wheel and lemon slice.

Makes 1 drink

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MadMenhattan from the Roosevelt Hotel

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From bartenders at Madison Club Lounge, Roosevelt Hotel for The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

One one of the most popular cocktails ever made, and one of the most difficult to make well: everything hinges on both the types of bourbon and vermouth used and how they work in combination.


1 3/4 ounce Maker’s Mark bourbon
2 ounces Martini Rossi sweet vermouth
Dash of bitters
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Stir ingredients in a shaker over ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass,  and garnish with cherry.

Makes 1 drink

Dapper Don
 Old Fashioned

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Dapper Don Old Fashioned
from the Roosevelt Hotel

From bartenders at Madison Club Lounge, Roosevelt Hotel for The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook

The very first cocktail to appear in  Mad
Men, and this popular drinkmakes many appearances in the series, as Don’s drink of choice. This version with his favorite whisky, Canadian Club. If you believe in client loyalty, when you make an orange twist, make it with Sunkist, a Sterling Cooper client.

1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 orange slices
2 dashes Angostura bitters
1 1/2 ounces Canadian Club whisky
Dash plain water
Maraschino cherry, for garnish

Place sugar in Old Fashioned glass with orange slice and saturate with bitters. Add a dash of plain water. Muddle until dissolved.

Fill the glass with ice cubes and add whiskey. Garnish with orange slice, and a cocktail cherry.

Makes 1 drink

#PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015

TheUnofficialMadMenCookbook FinaleParty 600x196 V1 1024 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015Aprons on! Shakers out! Bloggers are prepping mid-century style for our final toast to Mad Men. On Sunday, April 5, bloggers from around the United States and three foreign countries will create a memorable Mad Men menu for our series finale’s Mad Men Virtual Dinner Party.

Our partygoers (listed here) — food, cocktail and lifestyle bloggers  — will mix martinis and craft canapés from The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook or whip up another recipe that has appeared on Mad Men.

Thanks to our sponsors we have an amazing array of Mad Men prizes, including a dinner for four at Barbetta, the iconic New York Italian restaurant where Don and Bethany Van Nuys dined, and a two-night stay at Manhattan’s Roosevelt Hotel, frequented by Don and Sal. And many thanks to our publisher, BenBella, for providing books for all partygoers.

Blogger Prizes:

barbetta 150x150 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015Dinner for four at Barbetta, New York’s oldest Italian restaurant, where Don and Bethany Van Nuys dined. Founded in 1906 and operated to this day by the founder’s daughter Laura Maioglio, Barbetta specializes in northern Italian cuisine from the Piemonte region, Barbetta is the oldest Italian restaurant in New York still run by the founding family.

 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015A two night stay at New York’s Roosevelt Hotel, where Don relocated when he was having marital trouble, and where Sal orders a Campari when he meets Elliot from Belle Jolie Lipstick. A couple of nights at this landmark midtown hotel will place you right back in the Mad Men era.

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A gift certificate to  Grand Central Oyster Bar, where Don and Roger gorge on oysters and martinis for lunch. It’s an easy stroll from the mythical Madison Avenue offices of Sterling Cooper to this classic New York eatery.

 

Brownies from William Greenberg Desserts, Don and Meghan’s n06 brownies2B 150x150 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015gift when they visit Pete and Trudy’s Cos Cob home. For almost 70 years,  William Greenberg baked goods have been synonymous with good taste: “well bred and adventurous with a refined dazzle,” New York Magazine once said of Manhattan’s most famous brownies.

 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015A Year of Snacks from Utz Snacks, an early Sterling Cooper client. In 1962, Sterling Cooper hired Jimmy Barrett, a shock-comic, to do TV spots for Utz Potato Chips. Try Utz with our California Dip!

Russel Wright American Modern™ Pitcher and Tumblers and  #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015Fruit Bowls from Bauer Pottery. You’ll see Wright’s iconic designs on Mad Men.  Bauer Pottery of Los Angeles has the exclusive license to produce Russel Wright’s dinnerware – the most widely sold American ceramic dinnerware in history.

shaker1 150x150 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015WMFAmericas Bar Style Ice Scoops, Vino Basic Wine Sets and Loft Boston Shakers: Shake it Up Mad Men style with professional quality barware from WMF Americas. The Loft Boston Cocktail Shaker features modern European styling, their Wine Set includes a winged corkscrew, foil cutter and bottle stopper and the barstyle ice scoop features a durable stainless steel body with perforations that allow the excess water to drain away from the ice.Sunkist Sticker Logo OL 150x150 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015

A surprise gift from Sunkist, a client of Sterling Cooper and Partners.

scale 150x150 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015EatSmart Retro Kitchen Scale. A must for Betty Draper. Whether weighing for portion control, or measuring ingredients for your Pineapple Upside Down Cake, simply place food items directly into the Retro’s stainless steel mixing bowl for quick, accurate, easy-to-read measurements on the oversized dial.

Bormioli Rocco Selecta Decanter and Tumbler set. Whether you prefer bourbon or rye,  #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015imported or domestic, Bormioli Rocco, the Italian glassware company, has the perfect gift to complement your favorite whisky: a Selecta seven piece glassware set featuring a decanter and six tumblers.

basket1 150x150 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015Retro candy from Groovy Candies: Two groovy gift baskets featuring Mad Men client Hershey’s chocolates from Groovy Candies, an online candy retailer that carries Choward’s Violets  (seen on Mad Men) and an array of other nostalgic sweets,

 #PartyLikeAMadman: Virtual Mad Men Finale Party April 5, 2015Mastering the Art of French Cooking by Julia Child from Knopf: This is the classic cookbook, in its entirety—all 524 recipes, from America’s French Chef.

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to help you mix like Don and Roger.

Thank you to our Finale Blog Award Judges:

Evan Kleiman,  KCRW’s “Good Food” Host
Faith Durand, Executive Editor, The Kitchn
Warren Bobrow, author Whiskey Cocktails & Apothecary Cocktails
Arthur Bovino, Senior Editor, The Daily Meal
Kathy Gunst, Chef, NPR’s “Here and Now”
Leah Wilson, Editor-in-Chief, Benbella’s Smartpop! imprint
Joelle Delbourgo, Literary Agent
Nina Gallant, Food Photographer Catrine Kelty, Food Stylist