Elegant Finger Foods for the Oscars

Beet "Tartare"

Beet "Tartare"

Earthy roasted beets are brightened by fresh orange zest and tangy balsamic in this clever appetizer, which looks beautiful presented in individual endive spears.Yossy Arefi

One of the best parts of February is the Academy Awards: the glitz, the sparkle, the chance to put together an amazing spread for my Oscar-watching party. In years past I've done food to honor the nominated films (an Indian feast the year Slumdog Millionaire was the favorite was a particular success), but this year, I've decided to take my celebration back to the glamour and style of Hollywood's golden years—think elegant, retro sophistication, a la Audrey and Bogey.

And so those of us in the SAVEUR test kitchen came up with sophisticated takes on some of our favorite finger foods, from beet tartare served in endive leaves to truffle-dusted caramel popcorn. These elegant hors d'oeuvres are beautiful and impressive, while still remaining uncomplicated enough that you'll have plenty of time to keep your attention on the TV, not the oven. And the award goes to...