The movies, menus and venues have been chosen, and organizers are poised to screen the fourth annual Sacramento Food Film Festival, March 19-29. The program will feature 11 food-related films, most of them paired with special meals (from bites to four-course dinners) at top restaurants and other venues. Look for plenty of food for thought, seguing to discussions. Some events are free, others range from $15 to $70.
Premiering will be the winning films from the Sacramento Food Film Festival Shorts Contest (titles to be announced) at Goldfield Trading Post. Dine on tastes from chef Michael Thiemann of Mother, chef Jay Veregge of Ten22, and James Beard Foundation award-winning chef Hank Shaw. Closing the festival will be “Food Chains” at the Turn Verein community center.
Proceeds will go to the Food Literacy Center, whose mission is “to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. We teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, community and environment.”
The festival was founded in 2011 by Sacramento food blogger-activist Catherine Enfield (www.munchiemusings.net), who this year passed it on to the Food Literacy Center. A statement on the center’s website explains: “Catherine is handing over the reins of the Food Film Festival to (the center) to become a part of (our) programming. She remains on the planning committee and will still be involved in developing more film festivals to come.”
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Also on the website is this from Enfield: “In the last three years the festival had outgrown my own personal capabilities. (The center) has such a great group of volunteers and access to so many resources to help it continue to grow.”
For the list of movies and restaurants, tickets and more information: www.sacfoodfilmfest.com, or call (916) 476-4766
Call The Bee’s Allen Pierleoni, (916) 321-1128. Follow him on Twitter @apierleonisacbe.