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2015 Food on Film Subscription Series at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Back for its fourth season, TIFF’s popular subscription series Food on Film brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month, series host Matt Galloway (CBC’s Metro Morning) welcomes celebrated guests from the culinary world to discuss topical and timely food themes, and to explore the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Launching March 11, the series presents six events that each feature a screening followed by a fascinating and lively discussion. Food on Film screenings will take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. The first 150 subscribers receive a $50 gift card to Momofuku Toronto and a one year print subscription to Toronto Life magazine.

2015 Food on Film guest lineup and films below:

March 11
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.

The Lunchbox
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.

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April 1
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-food sessions in northern Thailand each winter.

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.

somm

April 22
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.

Somm
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.

 

May 13
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.

Delicatessen
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.

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June 3
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.

meatballs

June 24
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.

Meatballs
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.

Food on Film. Wednesdays (see dates above) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Follow TIFF Food on Film on Facebook and Twitter (#FoodOnFilm).

February 12, 2015 | By | Reply More

Interview: Food On Film with Jason Bangerter of Luma

Food on Film, the TIFF Bell Lightbox subscription series offers food-lovers an interactive platform to connect their culinary love with great cinema. The second season of Food on Film series has brought together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month series host Annabelle Waugh, Food Director of Canadian Living magazine, welcomes a celebrated guest from the culinary world to discuss the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Food on Film screenings take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. We recently spoke with Jason Bangerter, Executive Chef of Luma and the original host of TIFF’s Food on Film.

Blinis Demidoff Recipe

Chef Jason Bangerter is carrying on the Luma tradition of a food & wine pairing for the TIFF Food on Film series. Chef Bangerter will be creating his own culinary interpretations inspired by the films in the series, and offering these creations for purchase exclusively at Luma. He shared with us his recipe for Blinis Demidoff inspired by last year’s screening of Babette’s Feast. View the full recipe on foodea.com, or download the recipe card here.

April 24, 2013 - Sideways (2004), Photo Credit: TIFF Film Reference Library

April 24, 2013 – Sideways (2004), Photo Credit: TIFF Film Reference Library

Food on Film. Wednesdays (see dates below) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Follow TIFF Food on Film on Facebook and Twitter (#FoodOnFilm).

Upcoming guests and films include:

Single tickets are now available. $35 for adults, and $28 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit tiff.net/subscriptionseries.

Follow Chef Jason Bangerter on twitter @chefbangerter.

April 23, 2013 | By | Reply More

Interview With a Chef: Jason Bangerter of Luma

Chef Jason Bangerter began his culinary career in Toronto, Canada at George Brown College Chef School, followed by a three-year apprenticeship at Le Royal Meridian King Edward Hotel.

Jason’s drive for gastronomic excellence flourished, earning him a much sought-after position as assistant to John Higgins, the captain of Culinary Team Canada. This role also led him to a short stint at Paris’ Hotel Le Meridian Montparnasse.

He soon headed overseas permanently to join the brigade at Mosimann’s in London. Under Anton Mosimann, one of London’s leading chefs, Jason quickly rose through the ranks joining the opening teams for the Swissôtel Berlin in Germany and later Château Mosimann in Olten, Switzerland.

Upon returning to London, Jason often assisted at Mosimann Academy, where he taught alongside Chef Mosimann. Eager to continue his own learning, he spent free time as a stagiaire in the city’s top restaurants, such as Marco Pierre White’s Drones, Terence Conran’s the Orrery, Jean George’s Vong and Pierre Koffman’s La Tante Claire. Jason was next appointed Chef de Cuisine at the Kulm Hotel in the Swiss Italian Alps, where he was responsible for the hotel’s private dining club Dracula.

In February 2002, he returned to Toronto, joining the team at Auberge du Pommier. Long hailed as one of the city’s best restaurants, Bangerter committed to raising the bar even higher. His efforts paid off, earning the restaurant numerous awards and distinctions, including Restaurant of the Year by Post City Magazines, 5th place ranking by the Zagat Survey and Best Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year by Where Toronto Magazine.

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In 2010 Jason’s success at Auberge du Pommier earned him the position of Executive Chef of Oliver & Bonacini’s two new restaurants at the TIFF Bell Lightbox: O&B Canteen, a casual street side market café, and Luma, a more upscale lounge and dining room on the second level. Since opening, Luma has been named one of North America’s Top Ten New Restaurants by Frommer’s Travel Guide, as well as one of Toronto’s top ten by local food reviewer James Chatto, and O&B Canteen has become one of the most frequented restaurants of the King West theatre district.

luma_sustainable

This Sunday April 14, 2013, Jason and the team at Luma will be hosting A Sustainable Evening with Ocean Wise and Mission Hill. The event will feature a multi-course tasting dinner by Chef Jason Bangerter, with wine pairings by Mission Hill as well as a pre-dinner reception. Sustainably harvested seafood will be provided by Steve Johansen of Organic Ocean (Ocean Wise certified). Tickets are $150 and are still available at lumaoceanwise.eventbrite.com.

Jason is passionate about food and aside from his duties at Luma, he loves getting people excited about great food. Frequently, he can be found participating in events like Death Row Meals Olde Hunters’ Feast, TIFF’s Food On Film Subscription Series, as well as giving back to the community through teaching, cooking demos, culinary tours and more.

Follow Chef Jason Bangerter on twitter @chefbangerter.

Luma, TIFF Bell Lightbox, 2nd Floor, 330 King Street West, 647.288.4715, oliverbonacini.com.
Hours: Lunch, Monday-Friday, 11:45am-3:00pm / Dinner, Monday-Saturday, 5:00pm-11:00pm

April 12, 2013 | By | Reply More

Interview: TIFF’s Food on Film Host Annabelle Waugh

Annabelle Waugh - Food on Film Host, Photo Credit: Ryan Brook - TC Media

Food on Film, the TIFF Bell Lightbox subscription series returns, offering food-lovers an interactive platform to connect their culinary love with great cinema. The second season of Food on Film series brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month series host Annabelle Waugh, Food Director of Canadian Living magazine, will welcome a celebrated guest from the culinary world to discuss the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Food on Film screenings take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

We recently spoke with Annabelle Waugh, Food Director of Canadian Living, and TIFF’s Food on Film host.

What is the importance of matching the speaker with the film?

Guests were paired with films to promote engaging and informative conversations, suitable to each expert’s culinary specialty. And all of our guests are very versatile — their expertise can apply to multiple films within the series. Hopefully, the audience will look back at past discussions, see how they apply to the film they’re watching at the moment, and how the themes relate back to some of our previous talking points.

What do you want people to take away from, or learn, from the movies?

Every film has something unique to offer, just like every guest has something unique to offer. It’s fun to take a well-loved topic like food and look at it through a different lens than you’re used to. It’s so interesting to think about how a food stylist sees food. Or a food and travel writer. Or a scientist. Or an activist. There’s always so much to learn and the films are a great catalyst for conversation.

Do you find it important to educate people on food? What can we do to educate the proper perceptions of food?

I’m not sure there is a proper perception of food. Food represents a million different things. It’s a conduit for love, friendship and closeness; it’s the source of political debate; it’s an expression of culture and religion; it’s an economic powerhouse; it can make the difference between life and death; or it can even be about something as basic as the pleasurable, yet simple, act of eating something delicious. There’s nothing wrong with any of those perceptions. This series is about exploring as many of them as we can.

What made you want to get into the food industry?

At first, it was about escaping my mother’s horrendous cooking. (Sorry, Mum!) Learning how to cook seemed like the most straightforward way to go about it. But I ended up falling in love. And now, I gladly cook for her instead.

What was your first experience in the industry?

In high school, I did a co-op placement at The Bonnie Stern School of Cooking. I looked at Bonnie and what she was doing for food — making it approachable and fun and easy — and thought, “I want to do THAT!”

Do you find the industry rewarding?

It can be. It can also be heartbreaking. It’s a labour of love. People often have romantic ideas about what it’s like to work in food and want to quit their jobs to open a bakery or become a chef. But if you aren’t really meant for it, the food industry will chew you up and spit you out before you even know what hit you. It can be a very hard life. But if you’re meant for it, then there’s not much else you can imagine yourself doing.

Who are some of your mentors? What have you learned from them?

Bonnie Stern was my first mentor. She showed me what it takes to be a good and patient teacher and she opened my eyes to a life that could be spent in food, but outside of restaurants. Elizabeth Baird, the former food editor of Canadian Living, is another mentor. She taught me to always put the reader first, and the importance of recipe integrity. Andrew Chase, the former food editor of Homemakers magazine and associate food editor ofCanadian Living, taught me more about cooking and taste than anyone. I’ve yet to meet anyone with a palate as good as his.

March 13, 2013 - The Trip (2010), Photo Credit: TIFF Film Reference Library

Upcoming guests and films include:

Chef Jason Bangerter will be carrying on the Luma tradition of a food & wine pairing for the TIFF Food on Film series. Chef Bangerter will be creating his own culinary interpretations inspired by the films in the series, and offering these creations for purchase exclusively at Luma.

Food on Film. Wednesdays (see dates above) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Follow TIFF Food on Film on Facebook and Twitter (#FoodOnFilm).

Single tickets are now available. $35 for adults, and $28 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit tiff.net/subscriptionseries.

March 8, 2013 | By | Reply More

Interview: TIFF’s Food on Film Programme Curator Theresa Scandiffio

Theresa Scandiffio - Food on Film Programme Curator, Photo Credit: George Pimentel, WireImage/Getty for TIFF

Food on Film, the TIFF Bell Lightbox subscription series returns, offering food-lovers an interactive platform to connect their culinary love with great cinema. The second season of Food on Film series brings together chefs, food experts and film lovers to enjoy the best of culinary cinema and conversation. Each month series host Annabelle Waugh, Food Director of Canadian Living magazine, will welcome a celebrated guest from the culinary world to discuss the intersections of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Food on Film screenings take place Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

We recently spoke with Theresa Scandiffio, Senior Manager of Adult Learning, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and TIFF’s Food on Film programme curator.

What goes into selecting the films?

Every stage of programming this series — from selecting the host to choosing the films and expert guests — focuses on creating a fun opportunity for our audience to explore the intersection of cinema, culture and gastronomy. Whether you are a fan of exposè-style documentaries, hit comedies, or Academy Award®-nominated dramas, this Food on Film lineup offers food lovers an exceptional and diverse group of films suitable for both mainstream audiences and cinephiles.

What is the importance of matching the speaker with the film?

The lineup offers audience members dynamic ways to understand how food is represented onscreen and, more broadly, in arts and culture. The interactive platform gives audiences the opportunity to be part of a conversation which explores how food intersects with cinema. Each film and guest pairing centres on a different culinary perspective which will drive the onstage discussion. For example, many people know James Oseland as the acclaimed Editor-in-Chief of Saveur magazine or as an expert judge for Bravo TV’s Top Chef Masters. But before James became an internationally-renowned food expert, he also worked in the film industry for over a decade. When he takes the TIFF Bell Lightbox stage on March 13, James will incorporate his diverse experience as a travel writer and expert judge to examine Michael Winterbottom’s characterization of foodies in his hit comedy The Trip. Additional upcoming guests include high-profile chef David Chang, renowned food activist Anita Stewart, award-winning sommelier Aldo Sohm, and leading food scientist Kent Kirshenbaum.

What do you want people to take away, or learn, from the movies?

We strive for our audience members to discover new and engaging ways to connect their culinary love with great cinema. We love the idea of bringing foodies and cinephiles together in one cinema, watching films and joining the conversation with our expert guests and Food on Film host, Annabelle Waugh. Throughout the series, we are excited to present the audience with what we like to call the six phases of the food experience, taking them through topics such as the aesthetics of food styling and presentation, the process of choosing a restaurant to dine in, what goes on in a restaurant kitchen, the inspiration behind pairing the perfect wine with a dish, the politics of food, and the science behind creating extraordinary dishes.

What made you want to get into the film industry?

While in school, students tend to have access to all kinds of highly-skilled lecturers, professors and experts in any given field. I always wondered why the opportunity to access to these types of speakers seemed to diminish once students leave a certain programme or school. I wanted to work in an environment that, through onstage events (lectures, interviews, panel discussions) provides Torontonians with ongoing access to leading experts in all things related to cinema.

What was your first experience in the industry?

My first experience in the industry was as a teenager when I became aware of James Quandt’s programming for TIFF Cinematheque at Jackman Hall. His programming at TIFF Bell Lightbox continues to open my eyes to the complex history, as well as current trends, in filmmaking practices from around the world.

Do you find the industry rewarding?

Absolutely. I am so grateful to be a part of the arts community in Toronto and to be able to interact with, and learn from, so many Canadian and international experts in both the film industry and academia.

Who are some of your mentors? What have you learned from them?

I have been fortunate to have a number of mentors over the years — advisors from school, as well as inspiring individuals who provide guidance for the programming and initiatives we do year-round at TIFF. They have all taught me the importance of trying to be a good colleague and community member — one who focuses on both paying it forward to emerging practitioners and students just starting out in the field, as well as paying respect and building on the work of those before us who work to foster film culture and community outreach.

Where did the idea to do this subscription series come from?

TIFF has always been dedicated to providing high-quality programming to its audience. With the creation of TIFF Bell Lightbox, we were able to expand our year-round offerings to include a number of subscription series (Science on Film, Books on Film, Food on Film) that provide audiences the opportunity to experience the arts with an engaging educational spin. TIFF’s subscription series are reflective of our commitment to foster an inclusive environment for anyone curious about ways film connects with literature, scientific discoveries and the culinary arts.

Where do you want to see this subscription series go in the future?

We are now in our second season and feel like we are just getting started in finding ways to provide the audience a premium cinematic experience. In the first season of our series, award-winning pastry chef, Jacquy Pfeiffer, brought the audience his macarons, jellies and caramels from his pastry school in Chicago. For this year’s final Food on Film event on June 19th, food scientist Kent Kirshenbaum will conduct an onstage demonstration on the principles of molecular gastronomy. There are so many incredible food films and local/global culinary experts doing really fascinating stuff with all things edible! Whether it is by giving away curated recipe cards, offering food samples or featuring live demonstrations, we are committed to delivering engaging and entertaining experiences to everyone who attends.

April 3, 2013 - Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), Photo Credit: PHOTOFEST

Upcoming guests and films include:

Chef Jason Bangerter will be carrying on the Luma tradition of a food & wine pairing for the TIFF Food on Film series. Chef Bangerter will be creating his own culinary interpretations inspired by the films in the series, and offering these creations for purchase exclusively at Luma.

Food on Film. Wednesdays (see dates above) at 6:30 p.m. at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Follow TIFF Food on Film on Facebook and Twitter (#FoodOnFilm).

Single tickets are now available. $35 for adults, and $28 for students and seniors. To purchase, visit tiff.net/subscriptionseries.

March 8, 2013 | By | Reply More