I’ll Have What She’s Having

Feb 12, 2018 by Nick Staff on The Nickelodeon Blog

This February 2018 Columbia’s contemporary dining destination Tallulah is celebrating Valentine’s Day and the  Nickelodeon’s screening of When Harry Met Sally with “Faking It,” a delicious chocolate mousse inspired by Sally’s idiosyncratic personality and restaurant orders. “Faking It” was developed by Charley Scruggs, the mastermind behind Tallulah’s bread and pastry program.

This special dessert will be available throughout the month of February, visit tallulahsc.com for reservations.

Considered by many to be the gold standard for romantic comedy films, Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s When Harry Met Sally addresses the age old question: “Can a man and a woman be friends without sex getting in the way?” The film stars Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan in the eponymous leading roles of friends trying to understand if their daily chemistry amounts to something more. At first glance, the sharp, witty film is the tale of the blossoming attraction between opposites. Harry (Billy Crystal) is a cynical braggart and provocateur, eager to goad Sally (Meg Ryan) into conversations about sex and death while Sally is far more structured, a perfectionist confident that there is an appropriate time and place for everything, be it food, romance, or emotion.

Revisiting this essential tale of love and friendship, pastry chef Charley Scruggs was particularly struck by how Sally’s orderly (and ordering) habits are actually evidence of her assertive, eccentric spirit, which is introduced via early scenes in which she refuses to snack between meals and requests apple pie with five alterations. Sally is unwilling to bend her desires — or her desserts — to meet society’s standards. She approaches the world with plainspoken candor, as we see in the film’s iconic deli scene in which she debunks Harry’s fantasy of sexual mastery by proving that women do indeed “fake it.”

To celebrate Valentine’s Day early, Nickelodeon Director Alison Kozberg and Design/ Interactive Specialist Savanah Taylor stopped by Tallulah to sample the dessert, a delicious, slightly messy, update of chocolate mousse. Scruggs was inspired by Sally’s romanticism, confidence, and preference for apple pie with strawberry ice cream. Drawing on her pie order, Scruggs’ mousse a la Sally includes apple butter and strawberry compote.  The resulting dish is sweetly familiar yet unpredictable, infusing the rich taste of chocolate with slightly bitter, sour, and smoky flavors. Sally might be neat, but this dessert is a little messy, a tribute to the unwieldy humor of the film itself — and for the extra crunch of a biting comedy there is a sprinkle of cocoa nibs on top.