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Tickets Available for Charleston’s First Food Film Festival

Tickets Available for Charleston’s First Food Film Festival

The event is set to engage guests’ senses by pairing foods with film screenings

The Food Film Festival will debut in Charleston, S.C., next month.

Next month, the Food Film Festival will open its first event in Charleston, S.C. Being "the only film festival in the world where guests get to taste what they see on the screen," the event will feature more than 15 food films from around the world over two days.

Although this year will mark its first appearance in Charleston, the festival will also return to New York (for the seventh time) and Chicago (for the fourth) later this year. When asked why the festival chose to debut in Charleston this year, festival director and Travel Channel host George Motz said that beyond having many friends and family in the area, Charleston made sense culturally given the city’s rich history and vibrant culinary scene. There’s also a personal nostalgia factor: Motz’s mother’s family is from Charleston, so he’s excited to return to the site of many great childhood food experiences.

The Food Film Festival is known for engaging guests in a "multi-sensory experience" by serving the food that guests see on the screen. For example, the screening of the Ramen Dreams, a documentary about ramen expert Keizo Shimamoto (who will travel from Japan for one night), will feature a demo and serving of Shimamoto’s famous noodles after the film.

The second night of the festival will feature Southern foods and their associated experts as part of a "Hot Southern Shorts!" series. The closing night event will mark the debut of Motz’s new film about Low Country shrimping with an accompanying all-you-can-eat Low Country shrimp boil.

Tickets for the festival are on sale now and can be purchased via the festival’s website.


The Food Film Festival Serves Up Hedonism on the Screen and the Plate

‘Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the perfect snack to warm your soul on a blustery autumn day. It is also the perfect dish to make for a woman if you want to guarantee yourself a happy ending.’ –Larry Cauldwell

Your local cineplex may not offer Smell-O-Vision, but this October, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to experience Taste-O-Vision when the Food Film Fest comes to town. Attendees of this interactive film festival will get to eat exactly what they see on screen–while Dumpling Tales plays, servers will pass steaming trays of the Asian street food, and the instructional video How to Make Burmese Faluda will be accompanied by samples of the sweet, tapioca-laced South Asian milkshake.

In a landscape where local produce, artisanal cooking and food television are now widespread trends, the Food Film Festival strives to set itself apart from similar events around the country and around the world by positioning itself as a hedonistic celebration of the pure joy of eating, as opposed to a showcase for lecturing viewers on the dangers of eating unhealthy or ecologically wasteful food.

“Most people are afraid to get away from the finger-wagging film,” said George Motz, a Travel Channel host who co-founded the festival in 2007 with chef Harry Hawk.

Larry Cauldwell, who has claimed the title of world’s first food porn star, will host the festival’s Food Porn Party. Photo: Food Film Festival

“We figure we might as well celebrate how to truly enjoy your food,” Motz said.

Seth Unger, the festival’s executive producer, agreed.

“It’s more of a carnival than a classroom,” he said.

The competitive film festival, now in its seventh year, will land at the Union Square’s AMC Village 7 Theater on Oct. 23 and run through Oct. 29. The New York festival will screen 38 food films presented in more than six categories—including Best Feature, Best Food Porn and Audience Favorite—before moving on to Chicago in late November and Charleston, S.C. next year.

‘One thing we ask ourselves is, when’s the precise moment when the viewer thinks, ‘Hey, I wonder what that tastes like?’ –George Motz

“One thing we ask ourselves is, when’s the precise moment when the viewer thinks, ‘Hey, I wonder what that tastes like?’” said Motz. “That’s exactly when we want to serve the food.”

Unger admitted that the festival is a logistical challenge, to say the least.

“It’s kind of complicated to serve a hot dish that’s timed to a certain frame of a particular film,” he said. “A million things could go wrong.” Much of an event’s finely-tuned clockwork is dependent on the sheer number of servers󈞊 to 40 will be present at each screening.

One of the festival’s most popular events is the Food Porn Party, which will be hosted by Larry Cauldwell, the self-proclaimed “world’s first food porn star.”

“He’s this 1970s porn actor-looking guy,” Unger said, “but it’s all about the food. It’s hilarious.”

Cauldwell writes the blog Scrumptious Delicacies, which features recipes for treats likes grilled cheese and heirloom tomato soup, along with the super close-up photos that exemplify food pornography.

“Grilled cheese and tomato soup is the perfect snack to warm your soul on a blustery autumn day. It is also the perfect dish to make for a woman if you want to guarantee yourself a happy ending,” Cauldwell writes of the dish.

This year, Cauldwell will preside over a Fondue Lounge serving up the molten cheese dip, as well as a late-night “food burlesque” performance.

“There really are no rules,” Unger said of the event.

A still from Matt Checkowski’s film Beer Braised Ox Cheek, which will screen during the festival’s Food Porn Party. Photo: Food Film Festival

“It’s always kind of one step beyond reality, towards indulgence, towards the fantastic. It crosses that line,” he said.

Both of Checkowski’s films feature the Swedish chef Martin Berg of the restaurant Mathias Dahlgren in Stockholm. Checkowski said the pristine quality of the products Berg uses in his cooking makes his creations compelling subject matter.

“It’s just so from the earth,” Checkowski said of Berg’s cuisine. “He’s taking elements we’re all really used to and combining them in unexpected ways: a just so strawberry, a perfectly cooked piece of meat.”

Checkowski said that food and film make a natural match.

“From a documentary standpoint, there’s really something special about the folks involved in the food scene,” he said. “There’s a passion there that breaks through the lens in a very interesting way. It’s like they’re made for the camera.”


2015 Food Film Festival Tickets & Schedule

The 2015 Charleston Food Film Festival is just two weeks ago, so it’s time to grab some tickets before it is too late. The three-day event will feature 18 food films and plenty of tasty treats. The festival runs from November 11th through the 13th at The Cedar Room in the Cigar Factory.

As if that wasn’t exciting enough, fans of Holy City Sinner get a 15% discount on all tickets! Just use promo code: SINNER15 before purchasing !

Here’s a look at this year’s schedule:

Wednesday, November 11th at 7 pm

    The World Premiere of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Charleston, SC
    Presented by CNN

  • The Food Film Festival and CNN invite you to come taste what you see during this world premiere. From Rodney Scott’s whole hog to Sean Brock’s personal Waffle House tasting menu, this is an evening you won’t want to miss.
  • After-party includes food from Chefs Mike Lata (The Ordinary) and Jason Stanhope (FIG) and BJ Dennis
  • Tickets: $85

Thursday, November 12th at 7 pm (VIP Party at 6:15 pm)

  • Edible Adventure #014
    • The 14th installment of the Edible Adventure series includes films about the Charleston Craft Beer scene, free-range pig farming in Italy, Spanish Caviar, and everything in between
    • During films, attendees will
    • Tickets: $60/$85 for VIP
    • VIP Party includes food from EVO
    • After party includes plenty of local beer and food

    Friday, November 13th – 7 pm, (VIP Party at 6:15 pm)


    Watch Eat Drink: The Food Film Festival South Walton Apr 8-10

    SoWal food and beach lovers are thrilled to welcome The Food Film Festival to South Walton, Florida this weekend! The three-day festival is known for being the only film festival in the world where visitors can eat the food they see on the screen while sitting in their theater chairs. Get ready to watch, eat and drink your way through our first Food Film Festival South Walton FL April 8-10, 2016. Tickets are available at foodfilmsowal.com.

    For the festival’s entry to Florida, The Local Palate magazine is bringing favorite Southern personalities to South Walton for a weekend filled with award-winning films, fine food from celebrity chefs, and customized cocktails.

    The first night of the Food Film Festival in South Walton features a VIP and welcome party with A Taste of What’s to Come at Caliza in Alys Beach. Saturday’s events include A Southern Culinary + Spirits Experience at The Hub, plus By Land or By Sea exclusive screenings of a dozen short films accompanied by dishes and cocktails based on the films. The weekend wraps up with An American Institution: A Sunday Brunch at Bud and Alley's in Seaside.


    The Food Film Festival South Walton kicks off at Caliza

    Coming to Florida for the first time, the Food Film Festival is happening right here in some of your favorite beach towns and venues April 8-10. It's almost here so get ready to watch, eat and drink! Tickets available for VIP all access pass or tickets by the day/event. Here is the schedule of events.


    Friday, April 8
    A Taste of What's to Come
    Caliza Restaurant at Alys Beach | 6:30-10:30pm
    Kick off the weekend with artful films and food. Then rub elbows with the celebrity chefs and filmmakers who made it all possible. Commentary by festival director George Motz.

    Saturday, April 9
    Roadtrip, A Southern Culinary + Spirits Experience
    The Hub at WaterSound Beach | 11am til 2pm
    Experience the South in a matter of minutes from BBQ and biscuits to fried green tomatoes and banana pudding. Sip craft beers and local spirits as you embark on your culinary expedition. Family friendly event does not include films.

    Saturday, April 9
    By Land or By Sea | Feature Film Night
    The Hub at WaterSound Beach | 6:30pm til.
    Sit back, relax, and enjoy an evening under the stars while viewing award-winning food documentaries and tasting what you see on the screen. These films take viewers on a journey through the culinary world. Feature film event. Stick around for the After Party.


    Sunday, April 10
    An American Institution—It's Grits!
    Bud and Alley's at Seaside | 11am til 3pm
    The festival will conclude with Sunday brunch celebrating the film It's Grits! as our best chefs prepare a one-of-a-kind southern brunch for you to savor as you enjoy the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico.

    The festival showcases food-inspired film with dishes whipped up by visiting chefs joined by several South Walton chefs we know and love. Food lovers will be treated to dishes prepared by at least 21 participating chefs. Local chefs Jim Richard (Trebeache/Stinky's Fish Camp), Jim Shirley (Great Southern Cafe), Kevin Korman (Caliza), Phil McDonald (Pizza Bar), Camille Witthal (George's) and more local experts will be joining our guest chefs throughout the weekend of food + film.


    The Hub is the perfect setting for film + food in South Walton

    Joe Spector, Publisher & CEO of The Local Palate magazine, is excited to partner with The Food Film Festival™ on this event, “We couldn’t be more excited to host Food Film Festival South Walton. This area of Florida is the perfect backdrop for tasting flavors of the South while watching award-winning films.”

    A portion of the Food Film Festival South Walton proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Theatre Company and Food For Thought Outreach. For more information, VIP all access, tickets by the event, and volunteer registration please visit foodfilmsowal.com.

    Born in Brooklyn in 2007, The Food Film Festival™ sprang from the imagination of festival director George Motz, the documentary filmmaker and Travel Channel host behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk. The festival screens exceptional films that showcase the world’s favorite foods and the people, traditions, and inspirations behind them.

    At every festival event, guests are treated to multiple mouth-watering food films, and then served the featured food for a multi-sensory, full- body experience, right in their seat. The Food Film Festival™ is currently showcased in New York, Chicago and Charleston.

    Sign up for the Food Film Festival mailing list to be the first to receive details about the chefs and films featured at the festival. Watch it. Eat it. And party with the food and film makers in South Walton April 8-10, 2016!


    Sunday Brunch film + food by the Gulf of Mexico at Bud and Alley's in Seaside


    The Food Film Festival Comes to South Walton Apr 8-10

    A popular event for foodies this year is coming to SoWal for the first time ever. We are thrilled to welcome the Food Film Festival to South Walton, Florida this spring! Debuting April 8-10, the event is known for being the only film festival in the world where visitors can eat the food they see on the screen while sitting in their theater chairs.

    The three-day festival includes food films from award-winning artists, unique meals prepared by some of the South’s best chefs, and various events celebrating the food, art, and culture of South Walton. Two area chefs are included - Phil McDonald of Bud & Alley's Pizza Bar, and Kevin Korman of Caliza Restaurant.

    For the festival’s entry to Florida, The Local Palate magazine is bringing favorite Southern personalities to South Walton for a weekend filled with award-winning films, fine food from celebrity chefs, and customized cocktails. Early bird tickets are now available.

    The first night of the Food Film Festival in South Walton features a VIP and welcome party with “A Taste of What’s to Come.” Saturday’s events include “A Southern Culinary + Spirits Experience” plus exclusive screenings of a dozen short films accompanied by dishes and cocktails based on the films. The weekend wraps up with “An American Institution: A Sunday Brunch” where guests are served quintessential American brunch items.

    Joe Spector, Publisher & CEO of The Local Palate magazine, is excited to partner with The Food Film Festival™ on this event, “We couldn’t be more excited to host Food Film Festival South Walton. This area of Florida is the perfect backdrop for tasting flavors of the South while watching award-winning films.”

    Limited Early Bird Packages for the event are available at 20% off full-ticket price. Group rates and hotel packages are also available. A portion of the Food Film Festival South Walton proceeds will benefit the Emerald Coast Theatre Company and Food For Thought Outreach. For more information, Early Bird packages, and volunteer registration please visit foodfilmsowal.com.

    The Local Palate is a nationally distributed publication with a focus on the food culture of the South. The Local Palate delivers recipes, details prominent Southern personalities, and discussed Southern food culture all to a national audience. Follow The Local Palate on Twitter & Instagram @TheLocalPalate or on Facebook.com/TheLocalPalate. For additional information on the magazine, visit www.thelocalpalate.com.

    Born in Brooklyn in 2007, The Food Film Festival™ sprang from the imagination of festival director George Motz, the documentary filmmaker and Travel Channel host behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk. The festival screens exceptional films that showcase the world’s favorite foods and the people, traditions, and inspirations behind them.

    At every festival event, guests are treated to multiple mouth-watering food films, and then served the featured food for a multi-sensory, full- body experience, right in their seat. The Food Film Festival™ is currently showcased in New York, Chicago and Charleston.

    Festival details including celebrity chefs, schedule of events, places, more film and food news to be announced soon at festival sponsor SoWal.com. Sign up for the Food Film Festival mailing list to be the first to receive details about the chefs and films featured at the festival.

    Watch it. Eat it. And party with the food and film makers in South Walton April 8-10, 2016!


    Friday, May 3, 2013

    Charleston SC May 2013 Events

    Charleston SC May 2013 events feature Memorial Day Events, Mother's Day events, The Biggest Loser Casting Call, the North Charleston Arts Festival and more!

    Enjoy harbor cruises, music festivals, fishing tournaments, film festivals, and more this May 2013 in Charleston, South Carolina. Take a glance at the list of upcoming events below and mark your calendar so that you can join us for these Charleston events!

    Visiting from out of town? Check out these popular Charleston hotels which offer free breakfast, free internet, and indoor pools!

    Charleston SC May 2013 Events:

    Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises in Charleston, SC
    May 2, 16, 23, & 30, 2013
    Charleston Harbor Tours presents the Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruises - back by popular demand! Enjoy a 2 hour Charleston Harbor Cruise, delicious Home Team BBQ Buffet, and live blues music by well-known Blues bands! Call 888-224-5037 for ticket information.

    North Charleston Arts Festival
    May 3 - 11, 2013
    The North Charleston Arts Festival is an annual nine-day event highlighting national, regional, and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature. Named a Top 20 Eventby the Southeast Tourism Society, the event has matured into one of the most comprehensive arts festivals in the state of South Carolina. Call 843-740-5854 for more information.

    The Biggest Loser Casting Call in Charleston SC
    May 4, 2013 from 10AM - 6PM
    If you are interested in becoming a contestant on the next season of The Biggest Loser, come to the open casting call at Music Farm in Charleston, South Carolina this May 2013! Meet the Casting Directors face-to-face to increase your chance of getting cast and lose big! Take the first step to change your life by attending an open casting call in Charleston!

    Mount Pleasant Pier Fishing Tournaments
    May 4, 2013 - Kahuna on the Cooper
    Visit the beautiful Mount Pleasant Pier for a season of fishing tournaments. Along with beautiful views, the Pier offers great fishing! Prizes are awarded for the largest game fish catch in each of the following categories: Adult Angler, Lady Angler, Youth Angler (12 and under), Senior Angler, and Total Weight of 5 Fish. Call 843-762-9946 for more information.

    5th Annual All-American Crawfish Boil in West Ashley
    May 5, 2013 at 12PM
    Home Team BBQ West Ashley presents the 5th Annual All-Americana Crawfish Boil featuring Jim and Stewart Marshall of Junkyard Angel, Trainwrecks, Royal Tinfoil, and Dash Rip Rock. Admission is $10 and includes one FREE plate of Crawfish. Additional plates will be sold for $5 each while supplies last. Call 843-225-7427 for more information.

    Pups, Yups, and Food Trucks in Charleston SC
    May 9, 2013 - Dave Landeo
    May 23, 2013 - Rawberry Jam
    May 30, 2013 - Nathan Calhoun
    You and your pup are invited to attend Pups, Yups, & Food Trucks at Mont Pleasant Palmetto Islands County Park for live music, beverages, and food trucks. Free with regular gate admission of $1 per person. Call 843-795-4386 for more information.

    Charleston Food Film Festival
    May 10 & 11, 2013
    Taste what you see on the screen at the Charleston Food Festival this May 2013. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival showcases the best, and the most memorable, of the world's favorite foods. Along with a heaping helping of mouth-watering films, Motz, Hawk and company serve up the food that guests are watching on the screen for a multi-sensory, full bodied experience.

    2013 Moms' Run and Family Fun Day
    May 11, 2013
    The 2013 Moms' Run will take place at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. Stay after the race for Family Fun Day with activities for children, entertainment, food and music. Admission to Family Fun Day is free with your Moms' Run registration. Call 843-410-3585 for more information about this Charleston event.

    Winestock Music Festival
    May 11, 2013 from 12PM - 6PM
    Attend Woodstock with a wine twist this May 2013! Winestock will offer wine and Firefly tastings, live music, food, a 'Best Hippie' costume contest and entertainment for the little hippies. Admission is $5 per adult, children are free. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy music from The Sweetgrass Girls, The Bullgrapes, and the Tarlatans. Food vendors such as Farm on Fire, Jack's Cosmic Dogs, Stono Cafe, Diggity Donuts, and King of Pops will be at this event. Call 843-559-6867 for more information.

    Mother's Day Brunch and Riverboat Cruise on the Carolina Queen
    May 12, 2013 from 11:30AM - 1:30PM
    Celebrate Mother's Day aboard the Carolina Queen where you will enjoy a delicious catered brunch buffet by Duvall Events and live music by the River City Dixieland Jazz Band. The Carolina Queen is the only paddlewheel style boat on Charleston Harbor. Call 800-344-4483 to get your cruise tickets today.

    Charleston Beer Garden
    May 18, 2013
    Charleston Beer Garden 2013 presents dozens of craft brews from over 10 breweries available in samples, steins, or growlers. Guests will enjoy live music, Beer Olympics, Earth Fare Beer School, and Homebrewers' Village. Inspired by the festive biergartens of Germany, Brittlebank Park will be transformed into Charleston's largest pop-up beer garden. Call 843-619-0229 for more information.

    Moonlight Mixers at Folly Beach
    May 31, 2013
    Shag the night away at the Folly Beach Edwin S Taylor Fishing Pier, where DJ Jim Bowers will be spinning the hottest oldies and beach music. Beverages will be available for purchase at Locklear's Beach City Grill and the Gangplank Gift & Tackle Shop. Only 600 tickets are sold for each event so call 843-795-4386 and purchase your tickets today!


    Charleston Current Events April 25-27

    Eastern Surfing Association Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships – Happening RIGHT NOW through Sunday, stop surfing the web and head to Folly Beach to watch the REAL surfing! The competition brings more than 260 surfers to Folly to compete for their spot at the Easterns, the championship for the Eastern Surfing Association held in September in Nags Head, N.C. To get there, surfers must first compete at the regional competition when it returns to Folly — last time it was held here was in 2006 — but they’ve moved from the Washout to just in front of the Tides. 1 Center Street. Free to watch! All day long through the weekend.

    Party at the Point – Party at the Point kicks off tonight with another amazing season of live music overlooking the Charleston Harbor! This series of concerts goes through the summer and is one of the most popular, public, summer events in the Lowcountry. Tickets are really inexpensive ($5 for most bands) and you’ll enjoy a cash bar and food vendors throughout the evening. Tonight features a Dave Matthews tribute band. Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road. Doors open at 5:30pm. $5-$7 per show.

    Charleston Food Film Festival – What do Charlestonians love even more than tidal creeks and a good surf on Folly Beach? FOOD! This festival Celebrates the art of beautiful, close-up images of food set to music. Also included in this festival is The Food Porn Party, which showcases unique food films and dishes from local and national chefs and purveyors, from West Coast doughnuts and Baja fish tacos to funky fondue! High Wire Distilling, 652 King Street. $60 at the door. 7:00pm

    Laura Ball and Friends – Join pianist Laura Ball for a delightful evening of both classical and contemporary pieces for an incredible night exploring the world of “The Piano Woman” (as Laura Ball describes it). You’ll enjoy hits from Sara Bareilles, Alicia Keys, Tori Amos, Regina Specktor along with classical composers Bach, Shubert and and Barber. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street. Doors open at 6:00pm. $20 at the door. $10 for students with valid student ID.

    Saturday, April 26

    Charleston Farmers Market – The Charleston Farmers Market is back for the summer! Head downtown every Saturday morning throughout the summer for live music, fresh produce from local farmers, gorgeous local artwork and crafts, food trucks and MORE. This Saturday morning tradition is a Lowcountry staple for residents and tourists alike. Marion Square, Corner of King and Calhoun Streets. 8:00am-2:00pm.

    Isle of Palms Annual Yard Sale – Calling all bargain hunters and antiquers! This annual, word-of-mouth event happens once a year and features a conglomerate of antique dealers, IOP locals and artists who come together for one day only to sell their favorite finds and one-of-a-kind pieces! Isle of Palms Recreation Dept, Hartnett Blvd. Free! 8:00am-12:00pm

    Shaggin’ On The Cooper – Steamy nights at the Mt. Pleasant Pier (under the Cooper River Bridge) return for the summer this Saturday! Live shag music every weekend throughout the summer returns to the Lowcountry. This is a weekly event that should not be missed! All ages are welcome to dance the night away and food and drinks are available for purchase. Mt. Pleasant Pier, 71 Harry Hallman Blvd. $10 per person. 7:00pm

    Sunday, April 27

    Blessing of the Boats – Overlooking beautiful Charleston Harbor in Memorial Waterfront Park, the Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the year for Charlestonians. The main event of the festival is a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleets that will leave Charleston’s shores for the fishing season – an incredibly important and exciting event in the Lowcountry! Enjoy delicious seafood samplings available for purchase by some of Mount Pleasant’s favorite restaurants, live music, an arts/crafts show, shag dancing and shrimp-eating contests, and family-friendly activities. Memorial Waterfront Park and Pier. Free! 11:00am-6:00pm

    Chef’s Potluck – This 7th annual festival has become one of the most popular food festivals in the Lowcountry! The highly anticipated Chef’s Potluck was created and hosted by Lowcountry Local First and raises money for local projects and initiatives. You’ll enjoy food from Caviar and Bananas Closed for Business Cru Cafe Cypress Edmund’s Oast EVO Glass Onion The Grocery Indaco Middleton Place Restaurant Monza The Ordinary Poogan’s Porch SNOB Social Restaurant + Wine Bar Two Boroughs Larder. Middleton Plantation, 4300 Ashley River Road. 4:00pm-7:00pm


    2018 Sacramento Food Film Festival

    Your general admission ticket gets you into the event at 6 p.m. This includes all courses and an intimate dining experience while you watch the film. Additional wine pairing available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Food Literacy Center.

    Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable.

    Saturday Night Shorts

    April 14, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

    Location: Colonial Theatre, 3522 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95820

    The Sacramento Food Film Festival celebrates food and drink paired with films about our food system. This year’s Saturday Night Shorts event features an all-star cast of chefs pairing bites with short food films from America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital!

    • Ernesto Delgado, Mayahuel
    • Edward Martinez, Milk Money
    • Brenda Ruiz, GEO Academy at Grant High School
    • Cesar Cienfuegos, UC Davis Dining
    • Santana Diaz, UC Davis Health
    • Whole Foods Catering

    Films: Short Film Contest Winners

    • Super Veggies – The Superha Family
    • Hand Picked – Casey Toth
    • Tuka – Ian Midgley
    • Operation Apple – Giselle Kennedy
    • Food City: Feast of the Five Boroughs: Lars Fuchs & Matthew Fleischmann
    • Camelina – Lucas Bryce

    At Saturday Night Shorts, you’ll get:

    • 5-7 small plates/bites prepared by some of the Sacramento region’s best chefs
    • Beer and wine available for purchase

    All proceeds from this event will benefit Food Literacy Center.

    Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Parking is limited. We recommend carpooling. We are unable to accommodate special diets.

    Broccoli HQ night – SOLD OUT!

    April 21, 2018 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm

    Location: Leataata Floyd Elementary School, 401 McClatchy Way, Sacramento, CA 95818

    The Sacramento Food Film Festival celebrates food and drink paired with films about our food system. On April 21, community leaders will gather for the first public experience on the future Broccoli HQ site. The evening will showcase the architectural drawings and the project’s designers will share their plans. This year’s Finale event features small plates and bites from an all-star cast of local chefs, a “school lunch” dinner prepared by Sacramento Unified School District’s Nutrition & Food Services and a feature film on the future of lunch!

    • Rick Mahan – The Waterboy
    • Kurt Spataro – Paragary’s
    • Billy Ngo – Kru
    • Chris Jarosz – Patriot
    • Santana Diaz – UC Davis Health
    • Whole Foods Catering

    Lunch Line - A documentary that takes a new look at the school lunch program by exploring its past, its current challenges, and its opportunities for the future, from filmmakers Ernie Park and Michael Graziano.

    4:30PM Mocktail and appetizer stations located throughout the 2.5 acre site of the future Broccoli HQ. Guests will enjoy bites by Sacramento’s top local chefs, view drawings of the project and walk the site. Remarks from Steve Hansen, Sacramento City Council and Jay Hansen, Sacramento City Unified School District Board Member.

    6:00PM School lunch is served! Guests will join us in the elementary school cafeteria, where they will eat a family-style meal served on school lunch trays. The meal, prepared by school food service professionals, will feature the ideal school lunch.

    6:10PM Program begins. Hear from Kevin Smith, Northwest Land Park & The Mill at Broadway and Food Literacy Center’s Founding Executive Director Amber Stott about their visions for the Broccoli HQ and its ties to existing school wellness programs happening at SCUSD.

    All proceeds from this event will benefit Food Literacy Center.

    Please note: Tickets are nonrefundable and nontransferable. Valet Parking. We are unable to accommodate special diets.


    The 50 best food-on-film moments of all time

    Break out the silverware for TONY's list of great grub caught on camera.

    In time for the annual NYC Food Film Festival, we've compiled our 50 favorite food-on-film moments of all time. This isn't a list of our favorite chow-focused flicks&mdashthough staples like Big Night and Babette's Feast have made the cut. Instead, we've widened the pool to pick out scenes across all genres that simply got our stomachs rumbling&mdashin hunger and occasionally in disgust. Think we spoiled the soup? Put down the steak knife and give us the what-for in the comments. Or holler at us on Twitter (@thefeednyc) using the hashtag #foodonfilm.

    Raging Bull (1980): The charcoal steak

    An overcooked steak ignites boxer Jake LaMotta's wrath in Martin Scorsese's violent sports flick. Robert De Niro's belligerent backseat cooking ("You overcook it, it's no good. It defeats its own purpose") and furious table flip is bone-rattling stuff&mdashbut we briefly consider a similar reaction each time a restaurant presents us with an incinerated slab of beef. Watch the clip.

    Annie Hall (1977): Boiling lobsters

    Woody Allen and Diane Keaton's calamitous attempt to boil live lobsters perfectly captures the conflicting feelings we face each time we plunge those icky but luscious crustaceans into the scorching water: Gleeful but guilty, rapacious and a little terrified. Too bad we don't get to see Woody in a bib. Watch the clip.

    The Hours (2002): Separating eggs

    Though Meryl Streep would go on to portray Francophile chef Julia Child in 2009's Julie & Julia, she caught our eye in the kitchen seven years earlier in this drama. Streep&mdashwho portrays a troubled New York editor planning a party for a friend at the end of his life&mdashis most affecting when she meticulously separates eggs, concentrating intensely on the task even as she threatens to crack.

    Gold Rush (1925): The roll dance

    Charlie Chaplin's iconic dinner-roll dance has been replicated and parodied so many times, it's incredible the genuine article still has legs. (Rim shot!) Though Chaplin wasn't the first to try the gag (Fatty Arbuckle deployed a similar stunt in 1917 film The Rough House), the Tramp's eyebrow-wiggling, shoulder-shrugging rendition of the tabletop ballet is unsurpassed. Watch the clip.

    Goodfellas (1990): Dinner in prison

    "Beyond the Sea" croons in the background as Paulie, Vinnie and Johnny Dio prepare dinner in the clink. These gangsters eat better in prison than most of us do on the outside: garlic sliced so thin with a razor blade that it would "liquefy in the pan with just a little oil," iced lobsters, steak seared in a skillet, wine, Scotch and pasta sauce that's a touch too oniony. Watch the clip.

    The Godfather (1972): Tomato sauce recipe

    The only red splatter more ubiquitous than blood in Mafia flicks may be pasta sauce. Those who wish to make their own would benefit from a close viewing of the original Godfather. Capo Peter Clemenza&mdashthe same trencherman who utters the line "leave the gun, take the cannoli" elsewhere in the film&mdashoffers a decent recipe for Sunday gravy: "You start out with a little bit of oil. Then you fry some garlic. Then you throw in some tomatoes, tomato paste, you fry it you make sure it doesn't stick. You get it to a boil you shove in all your sausage and your meatballs. And a little bit of wine, and a little bit of sugar&mdashthat's my trick." Watch the clip.

    Once Upon a Time in America (1984): The charlotte russe

    Patrick "Patsy" Goldberg has one foot in his youth and the other in adulthood when he ventures to trade a charlotte russe&mdasha white cake pastry topped with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry&mdashfor sexual favors in Sergio Leone's sweeping crime epic. He picks out the five-cent confection from a local bakery ("for the two-penny one she only gives you a hand job I can do that myself") and brings it to Peggy, an underage harlot. He foils his chance to seal the deal while waiting for her in the stairwell, swiping fingerfuls of cream from the cake and eventually devouring the thing in a few desperate bites. Watch the clip.

    Pulp Fiction (1994): $5 shake

    Would a chick as cool and dishy as Mia Wallace really choose a restaurant like Jack Rabbit Slim's for her faux date with Vincent Vega? We're not so sure. Nonetheless, the fictional 1950s theme restaurant is a rich and bizarre setting for our favorite Pulp Fiction food moment. John Travolta's take on whether Mia's extravagant "Martin and Lewis" (vanilla) milk shake is worth its $5 price tag: "Goddamn, that's a pretty fucking good milk shake." Watch the clip.

    Cool Hand Luke (1967): 50 hard-boiled eggs in one hour

    Thanks to the exploits of famous competitive eaters like Takeru Kobayashi, we're rarely dazzled anymore by feats of gluttony. But Paul Newman's shirtless 50-egg coup in this prison drama still sparkles. As the unvanquishable Lucas Jackson, Newman earns the respect of his fellow inmates by wolfing 50 peeled eggs until his stomach is distended&mdashin the words of one prisoner&mdash"like a ripe watermelon that's about to bust itself open." Watch the clip.

    What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962): Rats for lunch

    Joan Crawford, as the wheelchair-bound Blanche, and Bette Davis as her villainous sister and abusive caretaker, Jane, face off in this delightfully perverse thriller. When the rapidly unraveling Jane serves Blanche her lunch beneath a silver dome, you just know there's foul play afoot. Blanche's shrieking, hysterical reaction to the meal&mdasha juicy, tail-and-all rat&mdashis good, twisted fun. Watch the clip.

    Saturday Night Fever (1977): Double-stacked pizza slices

    Lunch can't slow down Tony Manero in the opening sequence of Saturday Night Fever. Witness John Travolta as he struts to the rhythm of "Stayin' Alive," biting through two pizza slices stacked on top of each other. We haven't seen moves like that since we first beheld the fold-hold. Watch the clip.

    Tampopo (1985): The egg yolk

    Topping any list of food=nerd filmography is Juzo Itami's comedy, a Japanese tribute to ramen and to the culture and eroticism of food. Though the title character's efforts to save her struggling ramen shop are captivating, our favorite moments come from a subplot involving the imaginative sex life of a yakuza gangster and his female companion. They pass an egg yolk between their mouths without breaking it he spritzes her nipples with lemon juice and lets a live prawn writhe against her naked belly. Their exploits are as appetizing as they are titillating. Watch the clip.

    Julie & Julia (2009): Sole meunière

    Julia Child's transformative first encounter with sole meunière at La Couronne in Rouen, Normandy, is the stuff of legends. Child called the 1948 meal the most exciting of her life&mdashan epiphany. Meryl Streep re-creates the moment with proper reverence and delight in Norah Ephron's feature, moaning and giggling through each luscious, butter-slicked bite.

    The Jerk (1979): "Bring us some fresh wine!"

    Nouveau riche buffoon Navin Johnson wants another bottle of wine, but a 1966 Chteau Latour won't do. "Bring us some fresh wine," begins Navin's clueless request in Steve Martin's comedy. "The freshest you've got&mdashthis year! No more of this old stuff!" We're still working up the stones to try this stunt on a stuffy sommelier ourselves. Watch the clip.

    The Goonies (1985): Baby Ruth!

    Sloth and Chunk bond over their shared affection for choooclaaate in the classic flick The Goonies. When Chunk tosses his hideously deformed companion the candy bar (it whacks him in the forehead and Sloth breaks lose of his chains to pick it up), a pivotal friendship is formed. Bonus points for Julia Child's cameo&mdashshe's frosting a cake on a television in the background. Watch the clip.

    Pan's Labyrinth (2006): Child-eating Pale Man

    Young heroine Ofelia must retrieve a dagger without waking the "Pale Man," a child-eating monster who sits mutely before an opulent feast, in this scene from Guillermo del Toro's fantasy. We see massive hams topped with pineapple rings, glistening fruit tarts, carafes of wine, and baskets of pomegranates and grapes&mdasha gorgeously styled spread. Watch the clip.

    The Great Outdoors (1988): The Old 96er

    John Candy and Dan Aykroyd's classic '80s comedy is perhaps most memorable for this gross-out eating scene, a great send-up of gluttonous American restaurant portions. As if the wife's order of a "bucket of salad" and "the medley of perch" weren't absurd enough, Chet (Candy) decides to tackle the Old 96er: a 96-ounce prime aged-beef steak inspired by Paul Bunyan's blue ox. We defy you to show us an actor who does meat-sweats quite like John Candy. Watch the clip.

    Marie Antoinette (2006): Ladurée desserts

    Few would argue with the assertion that style trumps substance in Sofia Coppola's loose adaption of Marie Antoinette's story. But if you're a sweet tooth, the saccharine, music-video&ndashstyle treatment of the French revolution sets the perfect tone for the real draw of the film: serious pastry porn, courtesy of famous French bakery Ladurée. The patisserie's lavish, color-splashed desserts&mdashburnished canelé, precious petits fours, immaculate mille-feuilles&mdashsurround Marie (Kirsten Dunst) constantly, reflecting her candy-coated life of privilege. Our advice: Head to the NYC location of Maison Ladurée (864 Madison Ave between 70th and 71th Sts, 646-558-3157) and snag a box of the haute macarons for a viewing party. Watch a clip.

    American Psycho (2000): Reservations at Dorsia

    Reservations play a key role in this adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's darkly satirical novel: Where you're eating&mdashplus who's with you and whether there's a good bathroom to do coke in&mdashis always more important than what's on the plate for the '80s Wall Street types the film depicts. But while it's easy to smirk at Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) and his pathetic attempt to get reservations at the mythical Dorsia ("Great sea urchin ceviche"), the feelings of insignificance are familiar to anyone who's tried to navigate NYC's rarefied dining rooms. The only difference is that, these days, the mocking laughter on the other end of the line has been replaced by the Momofuku Ko website telling you, "Sorry, but currently there are no reservations available." Watch the clip.

    Rocky (1976): Raw eggs

    It's impossible to stop yourself from counting along in your head as Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) cracks not one, not two, but five raw eggs into a glass and chugs them at 4am before one of his epic Philly training runs. It's not a pretty sight&mdashthe extended glug, the dribble of egg yolk down his sweatshirt, the forced burp&mdashbut eating like a heavyweight champion rarely is. Watch the clip.

    Ratatouille (2007): Anton Ego tastes the ratatouille

    If you can get past the knee-jerk ickiness of rats in the kitchen, Pixar's brilliant rodent romp is a delight for gastronomes. The climactic scene, in which the jaded critic Anton Ego finally bites into Remy's ratatouille, is a beautiful paean the transporting power of food: In a single moment, Ego's eyes widen and the rest of the restaurant drops away as he's transported back to his childhood home in the countryside, where his mother is cooking for him. We eat in search of these ephiphanal bites, capable of triggering emotional responses that have as much to do with how a dish makes you feel as how it tastes. Watch the clip.

    Paid in Full (2002): Chinese and champagne

    From Cam'ron's mispronunciation of soy sauce ("Mitch, Mitch, Mitch&mdashfuck the soo-ee sauce, man!") to Mekhi Phifer's exuberant eating style, this wise-cracking dinner gives us a glimpse the nouveau riche stylings of the crack-era hustler in Harlem. Ace (Wood Harris) and his cronies can afford to pop bubbly, wear Gucci sweaters and gold ropes, and bet $5,000 on who can throw a balled up brown bag into the trash can&mdashyet they still eat fried rice and spare ribs from the corner Chinese takeout spot. Watch the clip.


    Dinner and a Movie: Make Hummus Not War

    Dinner and a Movie is an online weekly dinner and movie series that everyone who loves food and film can safely enjoy together. With a streaming movie, takeout dinners from recommended restaurants, recommended recipes for dishes related to the film, and expert speakers, each Dinner and A Movie event will offer a Flatirons Food Film Festival experience from your living room.

    Dinner and A Movie is intended to support Boulder and Denver restaurants and food businesses. It presents an occasion to give back to our restaurant friends and neighbors by buying their delicious takeout/delivery dinners.

    Third Dinner and a Movie event!

    Film : Our third streaming film will be Make Hummus Not War , a hugely entertaining documentary. Through candid interviews, personal memorabilia and Monty Python-esque animations, it weaves a fascinating tapestry that explores both the director's personal connection to hummus and a larger controversy over which country originated hummus. Make Hummus Not War screened at the first Flatirons Food Film Festival in 2013. More film information, including a preview, is available through the Flatirons Food Film Festival website at http://www.flatironsfoodfilmfest.org/dinner-and-a-movie-details

    Featured restaurants : Hummus takeout/delivery meals will be available from Ash'kara in Denver, Ali Baba Grill and Basta in Boulder, Sugarbeet in Longmont, and Moxie Bread Co. in Louisville.

    Speakers : Joan Nathan, Jewish food authority and James Beard award-winning cookbook author, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications and has produced television documentaries on the subject of Jewish cuisine. She will introduce the film. After the film, she will discuss it with Chef Daniel Asher of Ash'kara, Mother Tongue, and River and Woods and 5280 Magazine Food Editor Denise Mickelsen and answer viewer questions.

    IMPORTANT : We have a limited number of general admission tickets with the Zoom speaker discussion and Q&A. If those tickets sell out, we will add tickets for viewing just the film.

    How it Works

    If you are ordering from one of the participating restaurants, get your meals picked up or delivered before the event. The list of participating restaurants is below and will change with each movie. If you are cooking the suggested recipes, have them ready to go at show time.

    At 4:30pm (MST) on the day of the event, we will send an email with Zoom and film access information. You can join us for a live event that starts at 6:30pm where we eat and watch together. Or, if you cannot make the live presentation, you can still access the film and recorded speakers until 12:30am.

    The 6:30pm (MST) live presentation starts with a live film introduction viewed on Zoom. Viewers then switch to the streaming movie platform. After the film, they return to Zoom to watch the live discussion and Q&A. At the end of the live presentation, we will send another email message with the access information for the Zoom recording.

    Restaurant information

    If a restaurant offers its own delivery service, we suggest that you select it over third-party services. That option helps them more financially.

    Note : Even if you do not purchase a meal, please purchase gift cards for these or any of your favorite restaurants if you can do so. Gift cards help restaurants survive and give you a meal to which you can look forward.

    Ali Baba Grill : 3033 28th St., Boulder phone orders (303) 440-1393 for pickup Delivery through Grubhub and Hungrybuffs. Website: www.alibabagrill.com

    Make Hummus Not War dinners

    --Hummus bel Shawarma (nut free, dairy free, gryo contains gluten) includes a generous portion of hummus, topped with your choice of gyro meat, chicken shawarma meat or a combination of both. Includes a house
    salad and Italian dressing - $14.95

    --Vegetarian Lovers (vegan, nut free, dairy free, contains gluten), includes hummus, baba ghonouj, grape leaves, falafel, tabbouleh and rice. Served with pita bread. Includes a house salad and Italian dressing - $13.95

    Basta : 3601 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder pre-order through their website from Monday, 5/1 through noon on Friday, 5/8 pickup from 4-8pm. Pre-order early in the week to ensure getting your dinner. Website: www.bastaboulder.com

    Make Hummus Not War dinners : Date and mint crust lamb shank, smoked potato, chickpea flour flat bread, curry cauliflower - $45 (serves two)

    Ash'kara : 2227 W 32nd Ave, Denver phone orders (303) 537-4407. Delivery through DoorDash. Website: www.ashkaradenver.com

    Make Hummus Not War snack and dinners (call to order by 5/7, 6pm with pickup on 5/8 between 12 and 5pm)

    --Hummus with pita chips - $12
    --Dip Kit includes a large bag of pita chips, hummus, muhamarra, babaganoush - $28
    --Snack Attack Movie Pack includes olives, pickles, snack mix, hummus, muhamarra, babaganoush, falafel (8pc.) , two large bags of pita chips - $45
    --Moroccan Mint Mule - $7

    Sugarbeet : 101 Pratt St., Longmont phone orders (303) 651-3330 from 3-7:30pm (closed Sunday-Monday) . Website: www.sugarbeetrestaurant.com

    Make Hummus Not War dinner (call to order from now through 5/8 pre-pay 5/8 pickup time assigned during ordering)

    Mediterranean Movie Meal includes edamame and spring pea hummus with Greek yogurt flatbread leg of lamb souvlaki with mediterranean bread pudding and sauteed greens baklava - $29 (not including tax and gratuity)

    Moxie Bread Co. : 641 Main St., Louisville. Website: www.moxiebreadco.com

    Make Hummus Not War dinner : Hummus with Moxie Bread Co., wood-fired pita made from Moxie's freshly milled heirloom wheat flour, za'atar chicken and tumeric rice, side cucumber salad, greens - $50 (serves 4-6)

    Moxie will offer this dinner exclusively to ticket holders from Tuesday through Thursday through a private link. The ticket purchase confirmation message will include the link. On Friday, all unsold dinners will be available to the public and to you through their website. We recommend that you pre-order.

    Available for pickup ONLY (deliveries unavailable) on Friday, May 8th from 4pm-6pm.

    IMPORTANT: This item cannot be purchased with any other items available through our online store. Please make a separate purchase if you'd like additional bakery items.

    Recipes for Home Cooks

    You can find spices for recipes from our sponsor Savory Spice Shop in Boulder , which is providing curbside pickup from Thursday to Saturday, 10am-6pm by phone, email, or online order.

    All recipes but the pita bread one are from the Savory Spice Shop website.

    Perfect Homemade Pita Bread (from the Serious Eats website): Puffy yeast-raised pita bread, perfect for splitting and filling with your choice of ingredients, is easy to make at home. Recipe: https://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2015/08/perfect-pita-bread-recipe.html

    Simple Savory Hummus : Creatively uses sesame seeds to get that classic tahini flavor into a truly simple and very savory hummus if you do not have tahini on hand. Recipe: https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/recipes/simple-savory-hummus

    Coconut Curry Hummus : Hummus spiced up with yellow curry, coconut, and Aleppo chiles Recipe: https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/recipes/coconut-curry-hummus

    Calabrian Hot Pepper Hummus : Spicy Clabrian Hot Pepper Paste is balanced by creamy hummus, which makes this a great accompaniment to fresh vegetables, sandwiches, and wraps. Recipe: https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/recipes/calabrian-hot-pepper-hummus

    Sweet Pepper and Spinach Hummus : A unique and healthy hummus created for a foodie magazine. Recipe: https://www.savoryspiceshop.com/recipes/sweet-pepper-and-spinach-hummus

    Speaker information

    Daniel Asher is Chef/Partner of Ash'kara , Mother Tongue , and River and Woods . Committed to sustainability and local food, Daniel's menus are sourced from the most honest and local ingredients available.

    Denise Mickelsen is the Food Editor of 5280 Magazine and oversees all of 5280 ’s food-related coverage. She was previously an editor at Saveur magazine and has won awards for digital food videos.

    Joan Nathan , Jewish food authority and James Beard award-winning cookbook author, is a frequent contributor to The New York Times and other publications and has produced television documentaries on the subject of Jewish cuisine. She is the author of eleven books, including Jewish Cooking in America and The New American Cooking , both of which won both James Beard Awards and IACP Awards.


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