Whether you’ve faithfully or skeptically watched "Lost” since it began, the finale to air Sunday offers two things: closure and a prime opportunity to throw a watch party. The great thing about a watch party is that previous viewership is not a prerequisite. Is the Super Bowl the only football game you annually watch? Perhaps you’ve been to an Oscar party without having seen all the Best Picture nominees. To host your own "Lost” party, all you need is a printer, television and kitchen. You’ll also need a little background. There are three kinds of foods to consider for your "Lost” watch party: Dharma foods, character favorites and island dishes.
Dharma foodsEarly in Season 2 of the show, viewers learned about the Dharma Initiative, involving a group of scientists, hippies and profiteers interested in meteorology, psychology, parapsychology, zoology, electromagnetism and utopianism, who left behind mysterious caves, camps, cages, laboratories and videos that offered clues to the island’s history. Besides local fruits, vegetables and fish, the Dharma folks subsisted on generic foods in cans, boxes or bottles. To turn your pantry into a Dharma pantry, you need look no further than the World Wide Web. From peanut butter to merlot and all forms of boxed, canned or bottled goods in between, items can be found on the Internet. Go to blog.newsok. com/fooddude for links. Simply open the files, print them out and attach the labels to the goods you’d like to convert. Top choices include peanut butter, ranch dressing, snack crisps, chocolate bars and Dharmalars.
Character favoritesCastaways on the mysterious Eden-like island also subsisted on fruits, fish and the occasional wild boar — and, of course, whatever they could salvage from the plane wreckage. Fruits included guava, plantains, bananas, mangoes and kiwi. But part of "Lost’s” appeal has been its multidirectional narrative format: flashbacks, flash-forwards and, in the final season, the flash-sideways. The possibilities for your buffet table, if you consider these bits of trivia from the lostpedia website: Hurley loves Mr. Cluck’s Chicken Shack; Jack loves vodka with his orange juice; Kate "doesn’t do ‘taco night’”; Sawyer likes fish-biscuits; Miles eats fish tacos from La Vida Tacos; Locke likes melon and fried eggs; Hot Pockets are weapons; Desmond and Charlie fancy haggis.
Island dishesThe simplest theme to follow is the most obvious: island food. While it might be the simplest, it could also be the most spectacular. Nothing says "island” like a luau: roasted pork, tropical fruit and plenty of mai tai mix. But if that’s too extravagant, some roasted pork with a variety of fresh fruit should suffice. Or the answer could be all of the above. That answer probably best suits the spirit of "Lost.”
Get "Lost”→The "Lost” finale airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, preceded by a special one-hour catch-up show, on KOCO Channel 5.
Online→Learn all about "Lost” at lostpedia.com. →It’s "Lost Week” at Planet46.com, with information about the characters and episodes. →More "Lost” food secrets are revealed on the Food Dude blog: blog.newsok.com/ fooddude