Host a Weird Twin Peaks Dinner Party

More than 25 years later, it's time again for that damn fine cup of coffee and killer cherry pie.

Special Agent Dale Cooper can't get enough of either in the surreal cult favorite TV series co-created by filmmaker David Lynch, premiering in 1990 with a TV-14 rating. The 18-episode revival starts May 21 on Showtime, which you can watch through Amazon, Hulu, Apple, YouTube TV, among other options. Get more revival details and watch old episodes on TV Guide. Watch the Twin Peaks food scenes that we know and love.

Even after all these years, Twin Peaks fans can tell you about the show's food. Those who missed the old series in 1990-91 watched it other ways, such as Netflix for a limited time. In the show, FBI Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) arrives to the small Pacific Northwestern town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee). While he's sipping that coffee and savoring that cherry pie at the Double R Diner or wandering the Great Northern Hotel, we learn about the cast of offbeat characters, including Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson), Laura's best friend Donna Hayward (Lara Flynn Boyle) and the business magnate's daughter, Audrey Horne (Sherilyn Fenn), with her talent at knotting cherry stems with only her tongue.

The drama reveals the dark side of human nature through mysterious characters, murky plot twists, and downright bizarre dream sequences. And yes, there's sex and violence too, although not in the way we're used to seeing it.

Throughout all of it, food plays an integral role, sometimes highlighting small-town comfort food and other times revealing a character's unsettled mind or a strange plot twist. There's even an unauthorized Twin Peaks cookbook, Damn Fine Cherry Pie by Lindsey Bowden, published in 2016 with 75 British-style recipes based on scenes and lines from the food-obsessed show.

So we suggest hosting a weird Twin Peaks meal using dishes from the show as you catch up on old episodes or watch the new ones. The characters won't all be the same, and the ones we recognize will look older, that's for sure. Hey, it's been 25 years. Our Twin Peak-inspired ideas for a dinner or a brunch aren't exactly purist either. But sometimes a twist is good. This is that time.

DINNER PARTY

On the Show, Cherry-Garnished Manhattan: On Chowhound, Our Cherry Picker

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This Bourbon-based cocktail includes a spear with a bunch of cherries. Leave the stems on and have everyone practice their stem-knotting tongue techniques. This activity will work best after a few drinks, when your tongues have loosened. Get our Cherry Picker recipe.

Baguettes with Butter and Brie: Our Open-Faced Toasted Tomato Brie Sandwich

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Jerry's fromage-beurre sandwich takes a turn with tomatoes. Use a baguette, hearty whole wheat, or Pain au levain. And get good-quality, organic heirloom tomatoes if you can because you'll really taste them in this preparation. Get our Open-Faced Toasted Tomato Brie Sandwich recipe.

Meatloaf: Our Spinach Meatloaf

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Don't let anyone stick a cigarette in your meatloaf. It's too good. Spinach, eggs, and bread crumbs help lighten up the loaf of meat, and you can use a combination of veal, pork, and beef for a more complex flavor. Get our Spinach Meatloaf recipe.

Asparagus: Our Roasted Asparagus

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In Laura's last diary entry (or was it?) she said she had asparagus for dinner. You should too. It goes so well with meatloaf. This simple version takes only 15 minutes. Get our Roasted Asparagus recipe.

Chocolate Bon Bons: Our Charles Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Bon Bons

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Nadine drowns her sorrows in a giant box of bon bons, but you can celebrate the show's revival with a simpler version of bon bons, these truffles which are vanilla-cream-infused chocolate balls, essentially, coated in cocoa powder. Get our Charles Chocolates Bittersweet Chocolate Bon Bons recipe.

BRUNCH

Grapefruit Juice and a Damn Fine Cup of Coffee: Our Irish Coffee

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Instead of regular Double R Diner coffee, inject some Irish whiskey, cream, and a bit of sugar into yours for your brunch or after-dinner drink. It's a party, after all. Get our Irish Coffee recipe.

Two Eggs, Over Hard, with "Cremated" Bacon: Our Maple Toast and Eggs (with Bacon)

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You can play this two ways. First, it's the eggs and toasts waitress Shelly makes for Bobby. Or it combines Coop's love of maple syrup-drenched ham plus eggs and bacon (though whether you want to cook it super hard and crispy, almost burnt, is up to you). Either way, it's a brunch-friendly dish. Get our Maple Toast and Eggs recipe.

Doughnuts and Bear Claws: Our Glazed Donuts

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Like many police stations, there are tons of doughnuts. Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean) is no different at his investigation rooms, where the doughnuts line the table as they discuss the case. Make these doughnuts, and make enough so you don't run out. Get our Glazed Donuts recipe.

Damn Fine Cherry Pie: Our Lattice Cherry Pie

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Seriously, would we forget the famed cherry pie from Twin Peaks? Of course not. That would be a major party foul. We think this version is a damn fine pie. Get our Lattice Cherry Pie recipe.

If that's not enough, you can add these dishes from the show: ham with maple syrup, casseroles, creamed corn, stew, percolator goldfish, griddle cakes, diet lasagna, peanuts, huckleberry pie, and all-you-can-eat spaghetti.

And don't forget to play eerie music and decorate with that otherworld red and black-and-white chevron:

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Amy Sowder is the assistant editor at Chowhound in New York City. She loves cheesy things, especially toasties and puns. She's trying to like mushrooms. Her running habit is the excuse for her gelato passion. Or is it the other way around? Follow her on Instagram, Twitter, and her blog, What Do I Eat Now. Learn more at AmySowder.com.

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