2015 Food on Film guest lineup and films below:
Indian-born chefs, cookbook authors and restaurateurs Vikram Vij and Meeru Dhalwala present the award-winning festival hit The Lunchbox, exploring the art behind crafting Indian dishes and the popular rise of integrating homestyle cooking into restaurant cuisine.
Vij and Dhalwala are husband and wife co-owners of Vij’s Restaurant and Rangoli Restaurant in Vancouver. Vij is a television personality on CBC’s Dragon’s Den, and Dhalwala has worked with various international non-profit organizations on human rights and economic development projects.
dir. Ritesh Batra | India/France/Germany 2013 | 104 min. | G
In Mumbai, a misdelivered lunchbox brings together two very different people — a neglected housewife (Nimrat Kaur) and a grumpy, solitary widower on the verge of retirement (Bollywood star Irrfan Khan) — in this funny and touching comedy-drama.
James Beard Award-winning travel writer and culinary anthropologist Naomi Duguid discusses the beloved documentary The Gleaners & I, and examines unique approaches to food gathering and agriculture — from the French countryside to Toronto’s organic urban gardens.
Duguid’s most recent book is Burma: Rivers of Flavor. She contributes to Lucky Peach and Saveur magazines and has co-authored six other award-winning food and travel books. Duguid leads food culture tours to Burma and intensive cultural-immersion-through-
The Gleaners & I
dir. Agnès Varda | France 2000 | 82 min. | G
Varda’s witty and intimate portrait of modern-day gleaners — those who scour fields, trash bins and junk heaps for food, curios, and other repurposable refuse — was recently voted one of the top 10 documentaries of all time in a Sight & Sound poll.
Momofuku’s beverage director and Master Sommelier candidate Jordan Salcito presents the documentary Somm, sharing her expertise in wine curation and providing her personal insight into the hallowed halls of the competitive Court of Master Sommeliers.
Salcito oversees the beverage programs for all of Momofuku’s New York City locations, is the founder of Bellus Wines and was recognized as aWine & Spirits Best New Sommelier in 2013. A Master Sommelier candidate, she has worked in wineries around the globe and restaurants including wd~50, Daniel, Eleven, and Madison Park.
dir. Jason Wise | France/Germany/Italy/USA 2012 | 103 min. | G
This intoxicating documentary delves into one of the world’s most prestigious, exclusive and secretive organizations: the Court of Master Sommeliers, where global wine experts put their reputations on the line to earn the coveted title of Master Sommelier.
Wylie Dufresne, James Beard Award-winning chef and the leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, introduces the post-apocalyptic comedy Delicatessen and discusses his playfully artful and boldly experimental approach to cooking.
Trained at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, Dufresne is the chef and owner of Manhattan restaurants wd~50 and Alder. In 2013, he was honoured with the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef New York City.
dirs. Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro | France 1991 | 99 min. | 14A
In a post-apocalyptic Paris, a former circus clown discovers the gruesome secret of his landlord’s popular butcher shop, in this dazzlingly designed black comedy.
Chad Robertson, James Beard Award-winning baker and co-owner of San Francisco’s legendary Tartine Bakery, presents the intriguing new documentary The Grain Divide. He’ll delve into the topical gluten debate and discuss the health impact of over-processed grain consumption.
Robertson is a breadmaster and the author of three cookbooks: Tartine (co-authored with partner and wife Elisabeth Prueitt), Tartine Bread and Tartine No. 3. He and Prueitt are co-recipients of the 2008 James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef.
The Grain Divide
dir. JD McLelland | USA 2015 | 120 min. | G
Featuring interviews with the world’s top bakers, chefs, researchers and scientists, this new documentary on the history and future of grains takes audiences into the fields, kitchens and labs that are attempting to address the critical issues facing the foundation of food.
California cuisine pioneer Jonathan Waxman pays tribute to Ivan Reitman (his partner in the Toronto restaurant Montecito) with a screening of the comedy kingpin’s classic Meatballs, and will discuss the art and business behind successful collaborations.
A chef, restaurateur and author, Waxman has brought a fusion of French cooking techniques and the sourcing of local ingredients to Montecito and his Manhattan restaurant Barbuto. Esquire magazine put him on its list of most influential Americans, and he’s appeared on Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters.
dir. Ivan Reitman | Canada 1979 | 99 min. | PG
Ivan Reitman’s prototypical summer-camp comedy propelled Bill Murray from Saturday Night Live fame to big-screen stardom.
A subscription to the series is available for $153 for TIFF Members or $180 for non-members (includes tax). Purchase tickets online at tiff.net/food, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ETdaily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, or visit the box office in person from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West.
Join the Fight for Sustainable Seafood!
Overfishing is the biggest issue our oceans face today. Join Canada’s growing sustainable seafood movement as Canada’s top chefs compete head-to-head for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion. Top Ocean Wise chefs compete head-to-head in Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto for the title of 2013 Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown Champion in each city. Taste each of the delectable original chowders, paired with local craft beer, and vote for your favourite, all in support of sustainable seafood.
Toronto Ocean Wise Chef Finalists
- Chef Michael Wilson | Luma
- Chef Charlotte Langley | Catch Seafood Restaurant
- Chef Stuart Cameron | Starfish Oyster Bed and Grill
- Chef Leanne English | Sodexo Canada
- Chef Doug Neigel | Trattoria Mercatto
- Chef Koichi Fujioka | Hapa Izakaya
- Chef Maxine Knight | The Healthy Butcher
- Chef Sonia Potichnyj | John & Sons Oyster House
- Chef Travis Cropley | Pure Spirits Oyster House
- Chef Felipe Faccioli | Fishbar
- Chef Siobhan Dolan | The Sweet Potato
- Chef Thomas Heitz | Port
- Chef Joshua Dyer | EPIC, Fairmont Royal York
- Chef Ibrahim Tams, Earls Kitchen and Bar King Street
Calgary Ocean Wise Chef Finalists
- Chef Ron Jacobson | Bistro Rouge
- Executive Chef Chris Dewling | Blink Restaurant
- Chef Kyle Groves | Catch Restaurant & Oyster Bar at the Hyatt Regency
- Chef Paul McGreevy |CRAFT Beer Market
- Chef Darren MacLean | Downtownfood
- Chef Justin Leboe | Model Milk
- Chef Andrew Keen | Redwater Rustic Grille
- Chef Andrew Winfield | River Café
- Chef Dustin Schafer | Sky 360
- Executive Chef Paul Peddle | The Rimrock at the Fairmont Palliser
- Chef Rebecca House | Thomsons Restaurant at the Hyatt Regency
Vancouver Ocean Wise Chef Finalists
- Chef Chris Whitaker | Forage at the Listel Hotel (Defending Champion)
- Executive Chef Ned Bell | YEW Restaurant + Bar at the Four Seasons
- Chef Aleks Kornat | Manhattan Restaurant at Delta Vancouver Suites
- Chef Michael Lackner | Sodexo Canada
- Chef Joanna Astudillo | Vancouver Aquarium Catering & Events
- Executive Chef Eric Pateman | Edible Canada
- Chef Nicolas Hipperson | C Restaurant
- Executive Chef Dana Hauser | Herons West Coast Kitchen at Fairmont Waterfront
- Chef Hiro Amano | COAST Restaurant
- Chef Kevin Benes | Savoury Chef Foods Catering Company
- Chef Benjamin Curtis | The August Jack
- Chef Paul Cecconi | Brodo Kitchen & Catering with CodFathers Seafood Market
- Chef Tim Evans | The Cascade Room
Tickets are in all three cities are $50 plus tax. Tickets include samples of all chowders and beer pairings. The Ocean Wise Chowder Chowdown is a 19+ event.
November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m., Hyatt Regency Calgary
November 19, 2013 at 7 p.m., Fermenting Cellar at The Distillery Historic District
November 20, 2013 at 7 p.m., Vancouver Aquarium
Purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
It’s #AWESTRUCK preview night at NightMarketTO! We’ll be hosting a FREE preview of this weekend’s Awestruck event this Wednesday September 18, 2013 at The Night Market.
Featured Awestruck vendors include:
Jonny Blonde Food Truck, The Frankie Fettuccine Food Truck Co., Choco-Churros, Big Grill Catering & BBQ, La Brea Food, Samuel Adams, and car2go
Plus NM Vendors including:
Saha International Cuisine, Mad Mexican, Eudora’s Fine Foods, Smash Cake, All Mine Caramels, Dine N’ Dash, Dystynct Boutique, Tiger Lili Jewelry, Tocino Boys, Westend Food Co-Op and more!
Back again for a second year running, Canada’s original food truck awards mark their return to the GTA bigger and better than ever. This year there will be 50 (yes, FIFTY!) food trucks at the event. Awestruck takes place Saturday September 21, 2013 between 2-8 pm at Garrison Common, Fort York.
Tickets are $10 and are available now from:
Impromptu takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of a modern man. Chuck is in his element, cooking and listening to Chopin with his baby daughter, imagining what he will say to his wife Sylvie once he can get her to slow down long enough to have a real conversation. All goes awry when Sylvie spontaneously invites a group of colleagues over to celebrate a work victory. The festivities begin to spiral out of control, and Chuck must find his way through a planned diner à deux that has turned into pandemonium.
Filmmaker Bruce Alcock continues in the fine tradition of beloved food films such as Babette’s Feast, Big Night and Like Water for Chocolate, using the preparation of a meal as a vehicle for exploring the grand themes of love and life. The loosely flowing movements of his simple and colourful line drawings suggest Alexander Calder wire sculptures come to life. Like the piano impromptu from which the film takes its name, the animation embodies the fleeting occurrence of those inner eureka moments that carry us forward—and bring order to the chaos of life’s rich pageant.
The film is cute and quirky with a whimsical, unique style of 3D animation, inspired by filmmaker Bruce Alcock’s fascination with the 1080 Recipes cookbook. Bruce shares one of his favourite recipes for lamb below.
Best with a frenched rack cut into lambsicles, also works with regular chops. Broil or barbeque on high heat.
- frenched rack of lamb, cut into lambsicles
- 4 cloves garlic
- coarse salt
- 1 teaspoon of cardamom seeds
- a dozen juniper berries
- pinch of chipotle
- olive oil
- dry white vermouth
- juice of half a lemon
- fresh rosemary
- fresh bay leaf
- Crush with a mortar and pestle into a coarse paste: 4 cloves garlic, coarse salt, peppercorns, a teaspoon of cardamom seeds, a dozen juniper berries, a pinch of chipotle.
- Combine in a mixing bowl with 3 big glugs of olive oil and the same of dry white vermouth, and the juice of half a lemon or tangerine. Add two big sprigs of rosemary and a bay leaf (fresh is best).
- Squish around the lamb chops until well coated and leave them to sit, the longer the better the taste and more tender the chops. I like about 6 hours, but even no sitting time will work.
- BBQ high for 2-3 minutes a side and serve.
Are you a foodie and a film fan? Be sure to catch the world premiere of Impromptu when it screens at TIFF 2013:
- Wednesday September 11 @ 9:15 PM / TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
- Thursday September 12 @ 2:30 PM / TIFF Bell Lightbox 4
For more information, visit Impromptu on NFB.ca.