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Sac Food Film Festival Starts on Thursday, March 20


Now that you're over your Sac Beer Week hangover, it's time to turn our attention to the next food event in town, the Sac Food Film Festival, organized by Catherine Enfield (who blogs at Munchie Musings).

Over 10 days, the film fest will screen seven films, often with a food and/or beer pairing. Festival proceeds will benefit the California Food Literacy Center, a local nonprofit providing food literacy education to low income children.

Here's a quick list of events to put on your calendar.

Thursday, March 20 - 6 p.m. - Spinning Plates at Ten22

The description of the film from their Web Site: Spinning Plates is an award winning documentary about three extraordinary restaurants and the incredible people who bring them to life. A world-renowned chef competes for the ultimate restaurant prize in Chicago, while privately battling a life-threatening condition. A 150-year-old restaurant in Iowa is still standing only because of an unbreakable bond with the community. And a fledgling Mexican restaurant in Tucson struggles as its owners risk everything to survive and provide for their young daughter. Their unforgettable stories of family, legacy, passion and survival come together to reveal how meaningful food can be, and the power it has to connect us to one another. $40, including appetizers from Ten22.

Saturday, March 22 - 4 p.m. - Beer Wars at the Sterling Hotel

The description of the film from their Web site: In America, size matters. The bigger you are, the more power you have, especially in the business world. Director Anat Baron takes you on a no holds barred exploration of the U.S. beer industry that ultimately reveals the truth behind the label of your favorite beer. Told from an insider’s perspective, the film goes behind the scenes of the daily battles and all out wars that dominate one of America’s favorite industries. $30 with bites by Chef Adam Pechal and Ruhstaller's brand new Nugget beer with hops grown near Dixon!

Tuesday, March 25 - 7 p.m. - Bottle Shock at Lucca

Summary per IMDB: The story of the early days of California wine making featuring the now infamous, blind Paris wine tasting of 1976 that has come to be known as "Judgment of Paris." $40, including a four course meal and pairings based on the film.

Wednesday, March 26 - 6:30 p.m. - Cafeteria Man at The Guild Theater

The description of the film from their Web Site: Cafeteria Man is a story of positive movement that shows what's possible in our nation's schools. It’s about the aspiration of activists and citizens coming together to change the way kids eat at school. It’s about overhauling a dysfunctional nutritional system. And, it’s the story of what it takes, and who it takes, to make solutions happen. The feature documentary film chronicles an ambitious effort to ‘green’ the public school diet serving 83,000 students in Baltimore. Free.

Friday, March 28 - 6 p.m. - Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs at Clunie Center at McKinley Park

Summary per IMDB: The most delicious event since macaroni met cheese. Inspired by the beloved children's book, the film focuses on a town where food falls from the sky like rain. $25 for adults, $15 for kids 12 and under, includes spaghetti dinner by Selland's Market Cafe.

Saturday, March 29 - The Slow Food Story at The Guild Theater

Summary per IMDB: In 1986, Carlo Petrini founded the ArciGola Gastronomic Association in Italy and three years later in Paris, launched Slow Food, an international anti-fast-food resistance movement. An ebullient presence, Carlìn, as he is affectionately known around the globe, has become an ambassador for thinking about food differently. From the tiny town of Bra, home to some 27,000 inhabitants, the Slow Food movement has grown to become a revolution, that now has roots in more than 150 countries. Cheese-makers, vintners, and artisanal food folk, toast Slow Food for bringing about a change in consciousness that shook the very foundation of gastronomy. Free.

Sunday, March 30 - 4 p.m. - Sweet, Sexy Ocean

Summary per IMDB: Meet Peter Halmay, a charming, comedic story-teller with over 40 years of oceanic diving experience. Follow Pete and his deckhand Kenny through a day-in-the-life of a commercial sea urchin diver, and discover what goes on behind the scenes to bring that spiny creature from the sea floor to your dinner plate. This vibrant, character-driven nature film documents and brings awareness to the red sea urchin business in San Diego, California, emphasizing the beauty of southern California's kelp beds, the passionate life of an urchin diver, and the consumption of these spiny creatures in markets and restaurants. The ideas of collaborating to conserve the coastal environment through locally co-managing fisheries and "buying local" serve as overlying messages. $35, including sushi and uni tasting with Bill Ngo from Kru.

Tickets are available here.

So many of these events seem tempting. I'm leaning toward either going to Spinning Plates or Sweet, Sexy ocean. Both seem to have compelling movies paired with great food options.


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