Amidst a wealth of splendidly varied topics, there is a distinct international flavor to the 2019 Flatirons Food Film Festival Program. Our Festival included films about immigrant cuisines in the US, a Mexican-American chef and her restaurant, a Moroccan youth yearning to be a French chef, an African romantic comedy, and a legendary feisty authority on authentic Mexican cuisine. Other topics for the 2019 Flatirons Food Festival Program included wine, honey bees, and a farm that is transformed through regenerative farming practices.
With the help of Reel Kids, our free family program was all about empowering kids to make food films. A program of short films took place at eTown.
New to the Festival this year were a free lecture series and exhibitions of art inspired by our films. We offered an abundance of film-related events and expert speakers with seven program free of charge. Read through the Flatirons Food Film Festival Program for 2019, and we hope you joined us in October! If not, next year.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Tempt your taste buds for the 2019 Flatirons Food Film Festival with a pre-Festival tacos and tequila tasting tour in Downtown Boulder led by Megan Bucholz of Local Table Tours. Follow Megan and eat, drink, walk, repeat through three locally owned taquerias, tasting unique tacos and tequila cocktails at all of them.
Speaker: Megan Bucholz
Thursday, October 3, 2019
R Gallery recruited eight local artists to create art inspired by the following Festival films: Omotenashi and The Jewish Deli, two episodes of the Emmy Award-winning The Migrant Kitchen series and Tazzeka. It will stage a show exhibiting with all eight works of art that will take place October 3 to 20, one week before and after the Festival.
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Four local visual artists agreed to create art inspired by Omotenashi and The Jewish Deli, two episodes of the Emmy Award-winning The Migrant Kitchen series that we will screen on our opening night. We will display their work in a temporary exhibition immediately before Opening Night: The Migrant Kitchen.
To kick off our 2019 Flatirons Food Film Festival Program, we sink our teeth into the food from other countries all of the time. Not only is the United States a melting pot of people, its cuisine also originates from immigrants and their countries. The Emmy Award-winning series The Migrant Kitchen delves into the culinary contributions of immigrants and gastronomic cross-cultural pollination. During this program, we will screen the Omotenashi and The Jewish Deli episodes of The Migrant Kitchen series. In between the films, there will be an intermission with tastes of Japanese and Jewish deli food.
Speaker: Stef Ferrari
Friday, October 11, 2019
SOMM 3 7:30pm
Sponsored by the Big Red F Group
In the third film of the SOMM documentary series about the beauty, history, and personal experience of wine, three of the greatest legends in wine (Jancis Robinson, Steven Spurrier, and Fred Dame) meet to drink the rarest bottles of their careers, while the best blind tasters of today gather in New York City to determine if the world’s top pinot noir wines can match the greatest Burgundies of France.
Note: A reception at 6:30pm will precede the screening.
Join us to enjoy wine and discuss SOMM 3 and blind tasting after the film at the Jax after party. Bring any leftover questions and observations to the discussion. Attendees are responsible for their own food and beverages. While this is a free event, registration is required.
Saturday, October 12, 2019
New!! On this day, we have created more programming than ever before to give you more exciting choices on what you would like to attend. This has caused some programs to overlap.
Filmmaking for Kids 10:30 am
Sponsored by Burnham Law
Filmmaking for Kids will demonstrate that creating films about food isn’t only for adults. Reel Kids will provide short food films created by their students. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a film-making workshop with Reel Kids faculty and teen leaders. Participants should bring a cell phone.
Note: This program is open to kids of all ages. No charge but registration is required.
Join us for the first lecture of our new lecture series, which addresses the #MeToo movement in the restaurant industry. Sexism, inequality in management and leadership, and sexual assault and harassment frequently occur in the male-dominated restaurant industry. The #MeToo movement has been an opportunity to address this situation. Restaurant industry insiders Beth Gruitch, a partner in the Crafted Concepts restaurant group, and Sara Brito, Co-Founder of the Good Food Media Network and publisher of the Good Food 100 Restaurants™, will share their insights on this topic.
Speakers: Beth Gruitch, Sara Brito
Note: No charge but registration is required.
Four local visual artists agreed to create art inspired by Tazzeka. We will display their work in a temporary exhibition immediately before the Tazzeka screening.
Small Bites: Short Films for Food People is a program of short films that will include our Colorado Student Film Contest winning films, several other captivating short films, and El Jardin, an episode in the Emmy Award-winning The Migrant Kitchen series from KCET that profiles visiting speaker Chef Claudette Zepeda.
Growing up in a remote Moroccan village, Elias learns traditional Moroccan cooking from his grandmother, and cooking becomes the great passion of his life. Chance encounters with a top French chef and a beautiful Parisian woman inspire him to move to Paris to become a haute cuisine chef. The road is difficult and he must rely on friendship, love of his craft, and bold risk-taking to make his dream come true.
Speaker: Sole Mingo-Ordóñez
Join us for the second lecture in our new lecture series. Chef Claudette Zepeda addresses how Mexican food cultures are interwoven with food cultures throughout the world. For instance, a woman in Sonora is using exactly the same comal as a woman making flatbread in the Middle East, while the stone metate is used to grind moles and corn in Mexico and wheat in Zimbabwe.
Speakers: Claudette Zepeda
Note: No charge but registration is required.
Cook Off 3:30pm
An African romantic comedy, Cook Off follows the journey of Anesu, a down-on-her-luck single mother who becomes a national sensation after she qualifies for Zimbabwe’s top reality TV cooking show, but finds herself out of her depth competing against professional chefs.
Speaker: Professor Douglas Mpondi
Tribute to Diana Kennedy with Nothing Fancy: Diana Kennedy Screening 6pm
Featuring a Mexican feast with an assortment of bites of regional Mexican food, a film about Diana Kennedy (often called the Julia Child of Mexico), and an interview of Top Chef Denver competitor and James Beard semi-finalist Chef Claudette Zepeda, formerly of San Diego restaurant El Jardin, by former Eater Denver editor Andra Zeppelin, our tribute to Diana Kennedy is a must-see about a culinary legend.
Speakers: Andra Zeppelin, Claudette Zepeda
Join us for a late-night celebration of culinary legend Diana Kennedy and her substantial contribution to our culinary culture. Come lift a glass with us to Diana Kennedy’s extensive research into Mexican regional cuisines and the nine cookbooks she wrote about it.
Attendees are responsible for their own food and drinks. No charge but registration is required.
Sunday, October 13, 2019
Sponsored by Highland Honey
Tim Brod of Highland Honey will speak about how to attract native pollinators like bumble bees and squash bees to the home garden and farm to increase fecundity and pollinate plants that require pollinators other than honey bees. He will also explain how to maintain and sustain those pollinators. A Q&A session will follow the talk.
Speaker: Tim Brod
Pollinators Fair 12pm
Local members of organizations and businesses dedicated to the well-being of pollinators will provide information on pollinators, their mission, and the work that they are doing on behalf of pollinators. Bring your questions to the fair. Participating nonprofits and business include the City of Boulder’s Boulder Pollinator Garden Project, Growing Gardens, Harlequin’s Gardens, Highland Honey, and People and Pollinators Action Network.
This event is free.
The Pollinators 1pm
Every year, migratory beekeepers transport tens of billions of bees from coast to coast in a unique annual migration that’s indispensable to the pollination of our crops and feeding of America. The Pollinators takes us through this epic journey, stopping along the way to talk to farmers, scientists, chefs, and academics who describe the numerous modern threats to bees, what their loss means to our food security, and how we can tackle the problem.
The Biggest Little Farm chronicles the eight-year quest of John and Molly Chester as they trade city living for 200 acres of barren farmland and a dream to harvest in harmony with nature. Through dogged perseverance and embracing the opportunity provided by nature’s conflicts, the Chesters discover a biodiverse strategy that creates beauty as well as solutions, completely transforming their farm through regenerative agricultural practices.
This special four-course dinner is the last event of our Flatirons Food Film Festival Program for 2019. It will take place after our screening of The Biggest Little Farm at which Eric and Jill Skokan will recount the journey of their own biggest little farm, the Black Cat Farm.
Speakers: Eric Skokan, Jill Skokan