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Netflix & Grill: Relive 70s with night of crime and nostalgia

By Aaron Wetli
Watch, listen, eat, drink
Welcome to Netflix and Grill, where we make a simple meal and pair it with a drink, album, and streaming television show. Along the way, we plug local businesses that make Columbus shine. This entry celebrates all things 1977 – Netflix’s Mindhunter, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and 1970’s dinner party stalwart meatloaf. Okay, let’s throw our keys in a fishbowl and get started!

Entrée

The 1970s were an amazing and unhealthy experience. Meatloaf was CONSTANTLY served during dinner parties, grandma smoked at the dinner table, and there were only three television channels.

Today we honor those bygone days by making a nitrate laden meatloaf containing veal, pork and ground chuck topped with bacon. Behold, the MEATHUNTER meatloaf.

Ingredients
2 1lb containers of Meatloaf Mix (Veal, Pork, Ground Chuck) from Giant Eagle Marketplace
.5 lb Thurns double-smoked bacon
4 large eggs
1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
1 cup ketchup
¼ cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons Sriracha (optional)

Instructions
1. Mix ketchup, brown sugar and sriracha in a bowl
2. Thoroughly combine meatloaf mix, eggs and breadcrumbs in bowl
3. Spread mix into oiled 9 x 9 Pyrex
4. Top meat with ketchup combination
5. Top ketchup with bacon (tuck bacon underneath meatloaf)
6. Insert meatloaf into 350-degree oven for 45 minutes
7. Remove meatloaf and brush remaining ketchup mix on bacon
8. Bake for additional 15 minutes
Your product should be juicy, tender and full of flavor! Enjoy!

DRINK

Secure your alibi by pairing this dish with ANY of 19 Crimes big, dark and tannin heavy red varietals. Chose your bottle carefully because the mug on the label is that of a true criminal. Want to know what your convict did? Download the 19 Crimes app. Their crime may have been murder but who’s to judge? You’re about to commit murder too—murder of a second bottle.

VINYL

Released in 1977 (and purchased at Spoonful Records), Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours was an instant global phenomenon and has become western culture canon. Cocaine, infidelity and infighting fueled the band’s creative process and made Rumours the apex of 1970s cool. In an album full of standouts, the must listens are:
The Chain – Best. Bass. Line. Ever.
Go Your Own Way – Big chorus + self-righteousness = Lindsay Buckingham.
Dreams – Fleetwood Mac wasn’t a love triangle, they were a love pentagon.

STREAMING

Between the meatloaf, wine and Fleetwood Mac, you should be in a 70s mindset. Let’s get into that mind (and the minds of serial killers) by watching Netflix’s 2017 smash hit Mindhunter.
Based on a true crime story (explained here) and produced by director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network, Gone Girl), Mindhunter chronicles the tale of Holden Ford (Jonathan Groff), an FBI agent who interviews jailed serial killers in an effort to prevent similar crimes.

Holden is awkward, confrontational and prone to bending the rules. Eventually Holden’s boss partners him with gruff but likable FBI veteran Bill Tench (Holt McCallany) and tough-as-nails academic Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) in an attempt to squelch Holden’s renegade behavior while fine-tuning the interview process.

As Holden becomes more brazen, braggadocios and bizarre, he mimics the behavior of the killers he interviews. Is Holden committed to his mission or slowly realizing his deep-seated tendencies? Where do Holden’s loyalties lie?

There are many double entendres (particularly pertaining to jump suits) and smart plot devices, making Mindhunter a tense, creepy and smart trip. My wife and I binged it in about a week, and I bet you will too. If you find yourself in a similar situation, warm up your leftover MEATHUNTER (350 degrees for 20 minutes), open another 19 Crimes and settle in – after you make sure the front door is locked.

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