NY summer Food + Film festivities
New York City Food Film Festival has found the right equation, in my humble opinion. It will run a series of 18 films with related dishes to tempt all senses.
George Motz, who started the festival last year with chef Harry Hawk, says he wanted to create “a cinematic scratch 'n sniff where you can not only watch a food film but eat the food being shown in that film.” Which explains why Sweeney Todd isn't being screened.
There are 18 interesting-sounding films on the week long program, and each one is paired with edibles connected to the subject. This is My Cheesesteak, for instance, will be accompanied by cheestakes made on site by Philadelphia’s Tony Luke. The owner of il Buco, Donna Lennard, will pair her documentary La Raccolta, about olive oil traditions in central Italy, with an olive oil tasting. And on Tuesday, when the festival moves to the parking lot of Grimaldi’s for the screening of three short films about New York pizza, there will be free samples from the famous pizzeria.