by Jenna Buhagiar
Food + film, you say? We call that a perfect pairing. The Sacramento Food Film Festival kicks off tonight and we have the scoop.
From March 19 to 29, there will be pairings of food and food-related movies at unique locations throughout town. There are a number of events to meet every taste and budget, with prices ranging from free to $70.
Hungry for more? Below are the bites to expect at some of the key events in the coming weeks. Visit Food Literacy Center online for the complete list of event details, locations, costs and to purchase tickets!
Thursday, March 19
Sacramento Food Film Festival Premiere (Goldfield Trading Post)
• Chefs will be pairing bites with each film. While the chefs are secretive about their dishes, it’s a safe bet to guess that Michael Thiemann of Mother will be creating a cauliflower recipe for the winning American short film, “How Does It Grow: Cauliflower.” James Beard Award-winning Chef Hank Shaw will be creating a dish for the South African film short in the International category, “Stand Up.” Based on Shaw’s time spent in South Africa as a journalist, we can expect something traditional and delicious.
Friday, March 20
Soul of a Banquet (Frank Fat’s Catering Facility)
• Chef Mike Lim is trained in authentic Asian cooking, and it shows! Attendees are in for an entirely new spin on what is traditionally thought of as Chinese food. Expect lotus leaf-wrapped rice, chicken, seafood treasure hot pot, stir fried vegetables with grass-fed lamb, mushrooms.
Saturday, March 21
Urban Farm Short Films and Urban Ag VIPea Bus Tour (McClatchy Park)
• While the chefs haven’t made their menu public yet, we know that Payam Fardanesh will be on board the bus to share his newest Silk Road flavor: ginger!
Sunday, March 22
The Farmer & The Chef (Ruhstaller Brewery + Tap Room)
• Not only will they have bites—the chefs will also be performing live demos on stage! Demos include: a beet cracked with a hammer to form beet chips, pig’s head butchery demo, and that’s just the beginning.
Tuesday, March 24
Federalist (Federalist Public House)
• Chef Shannon McElroy will be throwing down pizza creations using plenty of farm fresh ingredients. Tables will be garnished with a new twist not typical at the restaurant: jars of pickled produce!
Wednesday, March 25
Terra Firma (Central Library Gallería)
• Hot Italian will create farm-fresh pizzas, while Ginger Elizabeth will provide Plum Jasmine Macarons with plums from Ferrari Farms.
Wednesday, March 25
Hundred Foot Journey (Lucca)
• Attendees will enjoy a full four-course Indian-inspired menu based on the film, with dishes including Shrimp Pakora, Lamb Tartare and Yogurt Crème Cuite.
Thursday, March 26
The Way Back to Yarasquin (Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters)
• The entire menu will be coffee-inspired! Celebrated pastry Chef Elaine Baker is creating a sticky toffee-coffee cake and a chocolate coffee cream tartlet. One Speed will be serving up coffee-pork sliders.
Friday, March 27
Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory Family Movie Night & Dinner (Clunie Community Center)
• Selland’s Market-Café will be serving up their popular spaghetti dinner and adding a slice of blueberry pie for dessert, inspired by the character Violet Beauregarde’s three-course meal chewing gum.
Saturday, March 28
Sriracha (Preservation & Co.)
• Attendees will enjoy one of Sacramento’s best bloody Mary’s using mix from Preservation & Co. alongside bites by chef Matt Brown of Forrester Foods.
Sunday, March 29
Food Chains (Turn Verein)
• Chips and salsa donated by Chipotle will be served alongside beer and Food Literacy Center’s famous popcorn with seasonings made by the kids, including a spicy Southwest mix.