One of the most acclaimed drama series of the past few years is AMC’s ‘Mad Men’. If you haven’t seen it, the show revolves around a Madison avenue ad agency circa the 1960’s. This is not your typical modern office environment. Chain-smoking and drinking copious amounts of liquor-all while in three piece suits-is the order of the day around here. My wife and I have been devoted fans of the series since the beginning. While we love the great acting and writing, we really enjoy all the styles that are showcased from the era. This past summer, to celebrate the premiere of Mad Men’s fourth season, we decided to host a themed cook-off based around Mad Men.
If you are not of a fan of the series, let me fill you in real quick. Basically, the show revolves around a man named Don Draper. Handsome, charming and a plethora of other adjectives, Don loves his liquor. His drink du jour is the Old Fashioned. Drinking is so core to the show that AMC actually has a cocktail guide listed on its’ website. Our cook off also took some of the other elements of the series and incorporated them. In one episode, Don is recommended a restaurant that is served the best Chicken Kiev in town. Another episode featured the characters Roger Sterling and Joan eating a piece of cheesecake at a rinky dink diner. So, our three elements in the cook off were Chicken Kiev, Cheesecake and any 60’s cocktail that you would find on the show. While we aren’t the best cooks, there were some especially tasty contenders.
The hardest part was that we decided to cook dressed to the nines. Everyone on Mad Men looks so sharp dressed in their suits and dresses that we decided we all must don our fedoras while cooking. Needless to say, anyone can have a Mad Men themed cook-cook off. Just take a dish from the 60’s, and a cocktail, and have fun. Smoking is elemental to an authentic Mad Men cook off but since we know how bad it is for us, we used fake smoke. But hey, if you really want to stay true to Mad Men while having your cook off, you know that you’ll have to find a pack of Lucky Strikes. After all, they are toasted cigarettes.