‘I Am Pasta Fierce’: Restaurant Offers Beyoncé-Themed Valentine’s Dinner

02/04/2014 at 12:50 PM ET

Beyonce Valentine's Day Menu
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The eternal dilemma of Valentine’s Day as a couple: go out and face overpriced menus and gimmicky tricks like roving musicians, or stay in and risk totally messing up a homecooked fancy meal?

But now presenting option three: Beyoncé.

For this Valentine’s Day, Zahra Tangorra, chef and owner of Brooklyn restaurant Brucie, has created an entire a la carte menu devoted to the pop star.

She and her general manager were brainstorming in a taxi one night when inspiration struck. “I’m not even a person who cares about celebrities, but Beyoncé is just wonderfully radiant and someone that gets people excited—it’s so interesting when you find a public figure who is so much more than their last movie or CD,” she tells PEOPLE.

Sure, it’s also a gimmick—but a heck of a lot funnier than a roving guitar player. And the theme isn’t going to affect the quality of the food, Tangorra says. She worked with her chef de cuisine and sous chef to hash out dishes that would not only match their long list of puns and songs, but also be worthy of the restaurant’s standards.

“The menu is funny, but we take our food very seriously and realize that people are coming and spending money, and we want them to have a beautiful, interesting meal,” she says. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves and we change the menu daily, so this is pretty much how we roll anyway.”

While ordering from dishes like the 22 Days Vegan appetizer (a mix of vegetables raisins, and cocoa nibs) and the Breastiny’s Child (veal breast braciole with figs, sopressata, and goat’s milk yogurt), Valentine’s Day guests can expect to hear both Bey and Jay-Z playing in the background all night. Here’s the full menu:

Beyonce Valentine's Day Menu
Courtesy Brucie

Though the desserts aren’t listed on this menu, Tangorra spilled about her favorite: the I Don’t Think You’re Ready for This Jelly…Doughnut. “It’s going to be filled with apple and earl-gray jelly and almond-butter cream, with bacon brittle crumbled on top,” she says. Good thing Beyoncé’s vegan diet was only temporary.

If you can’t make it to Brooklyn, consider the above an inspiration to dream up your own pop diva menu. Queen Bey-con Cheeseburger? We’re on it.

—Lexi Dwyer

FILED UNDER: Beyoncé , Food , Jay Z , Valentine's Day

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

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Tina on

Cute, shrewd promotional gimmick. But give us a mthr-fkg break on the Beyone&Jay-Z-Rule-the-World bull$hit.

Sandra on

Since Bug-A Boo is my favorite Destiny Child song, I would really like to try the Bouillabaisse, minus the sausage- Not really a fan of blood sausages.

Anonymous on

Hah this is cute! I’m sure this will spawn a slew of other celebrity inspired menus : )

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