A postulant at an Austrian convent is sent to be a governess to the seven children of a widowed retired naval officer.
The Sound of Music is undoubtedly one of my favorite movie musicals (➞ my absolute favorite), and since it was released exactly 55 years ago today, it seemed like the perfect time for it to be featured here on food & a film.
The first food moment occurs about a half hour into the film when Maria (Julie Andrews) joins Captain von Trapp (Christopher Plummer) and his children for dinner on her first evening as governess. Although it is unclear as to what exactly the main dish consists of, there are croissants visible on the bread plates. Additionally, everyone has a glass of water, and Captain von Trapp also has a glass of white wine that he drinks throughout the meal.
The scene then picks up again during the dessert course where everyone is enjoying a piece of chocolate cake (presumably Sachertorte) with a side of either whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.
The next notable food moment in the film happens when Maria takes the von Trapp children to a market where they are surrounded by produce stands filled with colorful fruits and vegetables including bins of apples, oranges, bananas, and tomatoes prominently featured in the foreground of the shot. Maria begins to pick up apples and oranges one-by-one and pass them down the line of children for them to be loaded into the picnic basket. After several apples and oranges are loaded into the basket, Maria proceeds to juggle a couple of tomatoes before passing them down the line as well.
The next appearance of food onscreen occurs shortly after the market scene, with Maria and the children having a picnic on a hilltop. On a large blue picnic blanket lies an assortment of fruit, as well as what looks like some type of cake in addition to roughly six small glass bottles with straws containing some type of orange fruit drink.
Following the picnic scene, the next time we see food is when Max (Richard Haydn) is eating his third piece of strudel on the patio.
Moreover, there is an additional patio scene featuring pink lemonade, which also happens to be the final onscreen food or drink moment in the film.
In addition to the scenes featuring food and drink mentioned above, there are also a few other moments worth noting including when The Baroness (Eleanor Parker) and Max sip their drinks in the parlor during “Edelweiss.” The duo then drink together again—champagne this time—during the party scene.
Additionally, there is a post-dinner scene between The Baroness and Captain von Trapp when she says to him, “I really must speak to cook about the wiener schnitzel. It’s entirely too delicious for my figure…And it makes you much too quiet at the dinner table. Or was it the wine?” To which the Captain responds, “Oh, undoubtedly the wine.”
And finally, since this movie is after all a musical, there are a few notable song lyrics about food and drink including “crisp apple strudels” and “schnitzel with noodles” during “My Favorite Things”; “tea, a drink with jam and bread” during “Do-Re-Mi”; and “men drinking beer with the foam afloat” during “The Lonely Goatherd.”
For my vegan food pairing for The Sound of Music, I decided to prepare Wiener schnitzel with noodles, which is a classic Austrian dish that is mentioned in the film. To veganize the dish, for the Wiener schnitzel I used these, and then used gemelli for the noodles since they were the closest thing I could find to spaetzle. I also included a small green salad to add a bit of color and lightness to the menu.
For dessert I made a crisp apple strudel using this puff pastry with this recipe, and in lieu of egg wash, used 2 tablespoons of plant-based milk mixed with a tablespoon of maple syrup. Then for a beverage, I went with a refreshing glass of pink lemonade that was, as the Baroness says, “not too sweet, not too sour.”
Finally, for the table setting, I found a printed fabric inspired by the curtains that Maria repurposes to make play clothes for the von Trapp children to use for a tablecloth. In addition, I included a small arrangement of daffodils since Maria mentions them before she begins to sing “My Favorite Things.”
And that does it for this month’s installment of food & a film! Thank you so much for reading, and be sure to check back next month for a new entry. Until then!