Report from Moulin Rouge

24 Nov

I’m in Seattle this week, and last night my family had a Moulin Rouge-themed party. Before the party there was some debate about what exactly Moulin Rouge meant – did it refer to the actual Moulin Rouge in Paris? Or the Baz Luhrman film? Or just French stuff? Or red stuff? After the party, it’s still unclear. Everyone interpreted it differently, so it was a bit of a mish-mash. In a good way!

This was our menu:

  • Roasted Red Onions with Balsamic
  • Stuffed Red Peppers
  • Orange and Beet Salad
  • 19th Century Herbed Potatoes
  • Red Pepper Pesto Salmon
  • Cherry Clafouti
  • Red Velvet Cupcakes (more on this in a later entry)
  • Red Wine Sangria

Everything went together surprisingly well!

We listened to a combination of musicians who have performed at the Moulin Rouge in Paris and songs from the Moulin Rouge soundtrack.

For the evening’s activity we had decided to create tableaux vivants – living re-creations of famous paintings from turn of the century artists who worked in Paris, including Renoir, Lautrec, and Van Gogh. Since we are all very competitive, we turned it into a contest. Here are two of the  winners:

Dancer Adjusting Her Tights by Toulouse Lautrec

Dancer Adjusting Her Tights by Leah

The Seated Clowness by Kris

The Seated Clowness by Toulouse Lautrec


One Response to “Report from Moulin Rouge”


  1. I Made It Myself: Gluten Free Red Velvet Cupcakes « Everybody’s Invited! - December 2, 2009

    […] and tapioca starch are still hard to find), but in the end it was worth it. These were a big hit at Moulin Rouge and finally made me feel good about my gluten free baking skills. They were good. Not “good […]

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