25 ways to celebrate films set in the West
Pay homage to our favorite movies set in the diverse landscapes of the West
Chinatown: Chinese Scallops
Roman Polanski’s multi-layered, neo-noir mystery explores corruption in early 20th-century California politics and dysfunctional family dynamics, with classic performances by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston.
Savor this tasty dish as you do your best imitation of the film’s famous last line: “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”
Recipe: Chinese Scallops
Our bourbon-laced milkshake provides sweet solace during those harrowing scenes.
Recipe: Pumpkin Bourbon Shakes
This hearty campfire stew is just the kind of dish they would’ve eaten after a long day of trying to rope cattle.
Recipe: Sausage and Bean Dutch-Oven Stew
Pay homage with this simple yet elegant appetizer using olio nuovo, the first and freshest pressing of extra virgin olive oil.
Say bottoms up with our updated (and unlaced) version of the classic whiskey sour, and know that you’ll always be a part of our wolf pack.
Recipe: Marmalade Sours
If Ralston had packed enough rations, he would have enjoyed classic campfire grub like this flavorful chili, whose rich color also pays homage to the film’s red-rock landscape.
Celebrate Alaska’s signature ingredient with this classic salmon preparation.
Recipe: Cedar-planked Salmon
Cook up this rustic grilled fish dish in honor of the characters’ rendezvouses masked as “fishing trips” and the local trout found in Wyoming and Montana streams.
Make this souped-up version of the ultimate movie snack, which resembles the gold and other “rich stuff” the kids find in One-Eyed Willie’s ship.
Recipe: Bite-size Honey Popcorn Balls
This crowd-pleasing, easy-to-make appetizer is a surefire way to win over your friends. Status update: 10-minute fondue—practically a miracle!
Recipe: Quick Cheese Fondue
Mix up this blood-red cocktail in honor of Edward Cullen and co.
Recipe: Bloody Scary
This tasty side dish puts a grown-up twist on the cafeteria tater tots Napoleon loved to stash in his pants pockets for class-time snacking.
Recipe: Yuca Sticks
The sinfully good sweet-and-salty appetizer is a nod to the odd-couple heroines, a naïve Geena Davis and world-weary Susan Sarandon.
Recipe: Dates with Bacon
Celebrate that moment with these spicy mashers.
Recipe: Chipotle-Corn Mashed Potatoes
Our menu of classy bites (from caviar to Asian-flavored scallops) paired with the perfect wines hits all the right notes.
Menu: Wine Soiree
May the Force be in S.F. Get an inside look at the movie-maker’s craft at the Walt Disney Family Museum (pictured). Its exhibit The Magic Behind Stop Motion Animation features a replica of a Star Wars AT-AT. $20; through Apr 28; waltdisney.org
“Hollywood North”. Vancouver, B.C., earned this moniker for all the movies shot here. On Location’s tours shuttle through Gastown and Yaletown for a peek at film sets, which could include the new Godzilla. $100 U.S.; onlocationtoursvancouver.com
Deadwood lives. In the oak-dotted hills of Santa Clarita, about 40 minutes northwest of Hollywood, movie ranches provide the backdrop for westerns old and new. At Melody Ranch Studio’s museum, you can see cool memorabilia from Wyatt Earp to the more recent Deadwood. melodyranchstudio.com
The anti-Sundance. At the Telluride Film Festival, aka the Show, you won’t see red carpets—though you’ll see plenty of stars. The nearby campsites fill up with die-hard movie purists, and organizers keep the lineup top secret to avoid pre-fest industry frenzy. Pass from $390; Aug 29–Sep 2; telluridefilmfestival.org
Classic Western. Experience the Tetons’ movie-worthy winter grandeur at Triangle X Ranch; the 87-year-old guest ranch lies within Grand Teton National Park and is the only park lodging open in winter. From $140; 2-night min.; trianglex.com
Portlandia on the big screen. In this year’s C.O.G., the first big-screen adaptation of David Sedaris’s essays, Sedaris’s character hawks Oregon-shaped clocks at a Portland craft fair. You won’t find those at the city’s Crafty Wonderland shop, but you will find Oregon-shaped pillows among the handmade goods. craftywonderland.com