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Film, Chefs, Glorious Song: The Flatirons Food Film Festival Benefit

For those who attended “Film, Chefs, Glorious Song: The Flatirons Food Film Festival Benefit,” many thanks for supporting us. Also, many thanks to our participants and volunteers, who donated their time, and all of our sponsors and donors.

This year’s benefit celebrated delicious food, film, and music in the beautiful newly renovated MacMillan lobby of the Dairy Arts Center in Boulder. We couldn’t have wished for a better venue.

The chef-tastic small plates from prominent local chefs Daniel Asher of River and Woods, Dave Query of the Big Red F Group, Kelly Whitaker of Basta, and Nate Singer of Blackbelly Butcher Shop were compellingly delicious.

We watched a short food film, “A Tale of Three Seasides” by the James Beard award-winning The Perennial Plate. Then, the Opera on Tap Colorado singers brought us higher with their lovely arias.

Before the performance section of the evening began, there was a spirited live auction on culinary experiences that were just too good to pass up and the paddle raiser was a testament to the big hearts of our supporters.

The benefit food was as good as the following menu promised.

  • Nibbles:
    • Cheese platters from Cured
    • Cured meat from Il Porcellino
  • Chef dishes:
    • Chef Daniel Asher, River and Woods: Stone Fruit Panzanella Salad
    • Chef Dave Query, Big Red F Restaurant Group: Boulder Summer Corn and Green Chile Cake with Western Slope Peaches
    • Chef Kelly Whitaker, Basta: Pizza Rustico with Braised Goat, Shishito Peppers, and Garlic on a Farro Crust
    • Head Butcher Nate Singer, Blackbelly Butcher Shop: Carter Country Beef Tartare
  • Dessert:
    • Heifer and the Hen: Chocolate Chip Cookie and Goat Milk Cajeta Ice Cream Sandwich
    • Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery: Passion Fruit Mini Pavlovas

Many thanks to æ (pronounced ash), Black Cat Farm-Table-Bistro, Boulder County Farmers Markets (benefit food sponsor), Bramble and Hare, Indian Food Rocks, Opera on Tap Colorado, Gourmet Foods International, and Snarf’s Sandwiches for their support. With additional help from 34 Degrees, Colorado Restaurant Association, Cured, Fortuna Chocolate, Heifer and the Hen, Highland Honeybees, Il Porcellino Salumi, JJ Sweets, Local Table Tours, Lucky’s Bakehouse and Creamery, Lyons Farmette, Modern Market, Roost Books, Shambhala Publications, The Inventing Room, The Post Brewing Company, The Tea Spot, and Wonder Press.

Thoughts on the 2015 Festival

No film festival succeeds without its audience members, volunteers, sponsors, and friends. Thank you so much to everyone who attended and supported the 2015 Flatirons Food Film Festival.

Every year, we try out new practices to improve the festival. The 2015 festival included the following innovations:

  • Bringing in internationally renowned chef Andy Ricker and other guest speakers!
  • Implementing online ticket sales

The 2015 festival was also our longest festival to date. We screened 21 full-length and short films–our biggest festival yet!.

To get a better sense of the 2015 festival, check out our video.