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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.

gleaners

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.

graindivide

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

Impromptu, Foodie Themed Short Film World Premiere at TIFF 2013

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 FeastBig 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.

Impromptu

Impromptu. Photo taken from the production © 2013 Global Mechanic Media / National Film Board of Canada

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.

Juniper Lamb

Best with a frenched rack cut into lambsicles, also works with regular chops. Broil or barbeque on high heat. 

Ingredients

  • frenched rack of lamb, cut into lambsicles
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • coarse salt
  • peppercorns
  • 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

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

September 4, 2013 | By | Reply More

Father’s Day Ideas For This Weekend

Looking for something to do this Father’s Day. From places to eat, road trips that aren’t too far of a drive and a great way to give back.

Take a walk, during The Father’s Day Walk/Run for Prostate Cancer, to raise awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.

Take in some eats. If you happen to be around Blue Mountain on June 15th 2013, check out the Blue Mountain BBQ Championship. It’s really what you think, delicious BBQ being ranked on taste and you can partake in it. The Blue Mountain BBQ Championship is the official home of Canadian BBQ located in the heart of the Blue Mountain Village. Competing BBQ teams spend the weekend slicing, seasoning and sizzling pork, chicken and beef in hopes that their cooking will earn them a portion of the cash prizes and supreme bragging rights on the KCBS BBQ Circuit. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names. Sample over 20 professional BBQ teams award winning ribs and sauces, and wash it all down with delicious Bubbly suds while listening to Blues and good old fashion rock ‘n’ roll.

Just in time for father’s Day,  All the Best Fine Foods is featuring Angelo Bean. He is offering up samples of his tipsy dogs. Try them with All The Best Fine Foods recipe for Grilled Corn and Lima Bean Salad. They are also offering cupcakes for $3.50 each only for Father’s Day weekend. All June they are also featuring in store specials to complement your BBQ season. Have some good ol’ comfort food at Cheesewerks. They have a great selection of grilled cheese as well as artisan cheese, artisan breads and gourmet pantry items. Fidel Gastro owner Matt Basile opened the new Lisa Marie restaurant. It has a great selection of shared homestyle food and cichetti (an Italian version of tapas) and bar snacks. Take a look in the back of the restaurant, you can find jarred homemade goods in the market.

Take in a movie! TIFF has a great selection of series on film whatever your dad may like. A Century of Chinese Cinema runs from June 5-Aug 11. Some of the other series featured include Food on Film, Science on Film and Books on Film.

Head out on a road trip with dad to Dillon’s Distillery. The distillery is located in Beamsville, ON and has a tasting room where you can sample their products which include rye, Canadian rye whisky, vodka, gin and bitters.

Looking for a late Father’s Day gift, The Culinary Adventure Co. is running an Uncork the County series all summer long. Beginning Sunday, June 30, join a chef and a wine maker, for a leisurely day of picturesque landscapes, stunning vineyards and scenic shorelines as you uncork the County. Sample 12 premium Prince Edward County wines at 4 different wineries. Enjoy lunch overlooking a vineyard and share tasting notes with your own private sommelier. Each tour includes a Grab n Go breakfast, complimentary transportation, lunch, and 12 wine tastings at 4 wineries. Visit thecountywines.com for information on all the wineries.

Whether its big or small celebrate dad this Father’s Day on Sunday, June 16!

Photo credit: millerm217 via photopin cc

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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: 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