Michael and I had the awesome pleasure of attending this years Chicago Food Film Festival! Amazingly this presentation of food and film had been off my radar for the past 3 years. I know. I can’t believe it either. The basic premise is simple. Watch food films + sample foods prepared in them. Sounds pretty good, right? Perhaps the greatest part about the Chicago Food Film Festival is that it exposes viewers to short films about food that they might not have had the opportunity to experience otherwise. The films we saw at Untitled II were a great set of films that felt very specifically curated for the evening. We had the chance to vote for favorites, and it was impossible to select just one. Each was a mini film presentation capturing individual passion about food. I’m not going to lie, I had the slight urge to smoke my own salmon after watching Ole-Martin Hansen – The Salmon Smoker
Another notable film on the list was about event sponsor Michel Chapoutier. The film documents the great care that goes into creating his wines. *Warning* The beautiful shots of the french countryside might make you want to abandon your life for the hills. If Michael had his way I think he’d already be there. Michel Chapoutier is somewhat of a character dismissing wines that focus on fruity flavor as ‘disco wines.’ He speaks about the fact that the soil composition changes in amazingly short distances, and grapes grown on each respective patch have different flavors. David Rosengarten was on hand to give a brief introduction of the film touting it as one of the first films about wine that wasn’t a terrible bore. It is true that watching grapes grow isn’t amazingly entertaining, but this film brings personality and beauty together in a way that makes the 2o minutes of this film fly by.
Hands down, the the dessert finale was the crowd favorite. There isn’t really anything not to like about a viking chef who, when I asked which he enjoyed more, responded: “That’s like asking if I like being male or being tall more. There is no difference.” I guess it doesn’t really matter when he makes desserts like Rødgrød!
Sneak a peek of the film here:
Michael and I also got to sample Warsteiner beer for the first time. As another event sponsor they had a few beer styles on hand. If you know me, or have been following our adventures here you’ll have no doubt picked up that I am insanely picky about drinks. Both the Warsteiner’s I had a chance to sample were good, but the wheat beer Konig Ludwig Weissbier was a clear stand out for me.
Proceeds benefit the Good Food Project, which educates children about healthy eating by turning them into mini food critics. The organization has presented educational fruit tastings to over 17,000 children in the Chicago area! I met Susan Taylor, Director extraordinaire, and pow does she have some energy and passion for her organization. So thrilled the Chicago Film Festival is supporting the Good Food Project. You can donate here if you can’t make it out to the festival.
Grab tickets to Saturday’s events!!