Video Trailer Treatment for Renaissance and the Dream Exhibit at Musee du Luxembourg, Paris

I am pretty sure that some museum goers will find video treatment chosen as one of the introductions to La Renaissance et le Reve (Renaissance and the Dream) exhibit at Musee du Luxembourg in Paris sacrilegeous.

On the menu, Bosch, Veronese, Greco.

La Renaissance et le Reve opened on October 9 and runs until January 26, 2014.

(* Exhibit page i linked to is in French only)

Food World Travails in Images and Words, Alimenterre Festival 2013, Brussels, October 16-20

Brussels hosts 5th Edition of Festival Alimenterre presented by SOS Faim.

It explores in images and words the food world's ills from October 16 to October 20, 2013.

Film program is evenly divided between French and English language documentaries.

4 English language entries:

The Food Speculator (2012), Seeds of Freedom (2012), Land Rush (2011) and Canning Paradise (2012)

4 French language entries:

Les Semences Prennent Le Maquis (2011), Terres a Taire (2010), Slow Food (2010) and Pierre Rahbi, Au Nom de la Terre (2013).


Besides film screenings, Festival Alimenterre offers a number of panel discussions on topics as varied as fish stock grab, future of native seeds, soy history...

The sunday afternoon Cooking Workshop at La Tricoterie on how to combine traditional Afghan recipes with sustainable agriculture is sold out.

Brussels on menu for 1 day late Green Day # 259

Previously: Pickle Your Way to Green Life with Melbourne Style Pickled Cucumbers

Let's Eat Food on Film, Spinning Plates documentary Showing in Huntington, NY, September 11

3 restaurants, 3 stories, 3 places across the USA, Spinning Plates (2012) documentary film directed by Joseph Levy finally got my attention thanks to Cinema Arts Center in Huntington, New York (Long Island).

They are screening Spinning Plates in collaboration with Slow Food Huntington on September 11, 2013 at 7:30 PM.

Spinning plates
What movie is about:

“Every restaurant exists to entertain people,” says Nick Kokonas, a partner in Chicago’s upscale Alinea. “No one needs to eat out.Why do you go to a restaurant? To be entertained. To enjoy yourself. To celebrate.” Director Joseph Levy explores three restaurants that offer dining experiences that resonate beyond the simple act of being fed.

At Alinea, the experience is an artful performance by chef Grant Achatz and his staff. In Balltown, Iowa, Breitbach’s Country Dining regularly serves more people than live in the town; it’s a community center as well as a tourist destination. In Tucson, Arizona, Francisco Martinez opens La Cocina de Gabby so everyone can enjoy his wife’s cooking “because she cooks like an angel.” These three varied stories illuminate our associations with dining as family gathering, community expression, and performance art, or sometimes all three at once."

You can Purchase Tickets and Check Event Details Online for Cinema Arts Centre screening. 

Price is $10 for members and $15 for General Public

(* Image of 'Spinning Plates' poster from movie's Facebook Page...)

Wild Foraged Cocktails in Canadian Tasting Room at Tales of the Cocktail 2013, New Orleans, July 17-21

Today is opening day of Tales of the Cocktail 2013 in New Orleans.

Among the country specific participants is an All Canadian Tasting Room focused on Wild Foraged Cocktails.

"Taking place Friday, July 19 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the Regal Suite of the Royal Sonesta at 300 Bourbon St., “Wild Foraged Cocktails - The Canadian Shield” is the brainchild of award-winning mixologist/sommelier Lauren Mote and celebrated chef Jonathan Chovancek, creators and co-proprietors of Vancouver-based Bittered Sling."

"Mote and Chovancek, co-sponsors of the tasting room with Victoria Spirits,Pemberton DistilleryCollingwood Canadian Whisky and wild foraged spice provider Société-Original, will showcase homegrown, top-shelf spirits and cocktails that reflect truly Canadian terroir: vast forests, snow-capped peaks, pristine lakes and windswept grasslands. Joining Bittered Sling in bringing the Maple Leaf to the Mardi Gras are fellow Canadian bartenders Evelyn Chick (Blue Water Cafe), Robyn Gray(PiDGiN) and Grant Sceney (Fairmont Pacific Rim) of Vancouver, and Solomon Siegel (Catalano Restaurant & Cicchetti Bar) of Victoria."

(* 'Tales of the Cocktail 2013' poster from event website)

Zidane, the Movie with Mogwai Playing Soundtrack Live, Manchester International Festival, July 19-20

The Manchester International Festival (July 4-21, 2013) offerings range from Martha Argerich to Urban Farming.

I wish I could witness Mogwai playing soundtrack live while Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait (a film directed by Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno) rolls off the screen.


There are 2 performances on Friday, July 19 (currently sold out) and July 20 at 8 pm at Albert Hall.

(* Zidane image from Manchester International Festival program pages)

Pianocktail, Toasting the April 24 Release of Mood Indigo, L'Ecume des Jours Movie

To the chagrin of my professeur de francais, L'ecume des jours (Mood Indigo) by Boris Vian was one of my favorite books in middle school.

He was more into poets Ronsard and du Bellais.

I am looking forward to see how Michel Gondry's film version of Mood Indigo brings to life the Pianocktail, a key element of the book.

In Pianocktail (October 2008), Florica Vlad describes this pianotender as "a piano that mixes drinks based on the combination of keys played. Each key corresponds to a different spirit or liquor and cocktails are produced appropriate to the mood of the song played so that the concerto can be internalized and the music can be drank in addition to being heard."


Florica also shares image (above) of Pianocktail created by Géraldine and Nicolas Schenkel.

You can find more about it on their Piano Coktail site (French only).

There are also a couple of videos of Geraldine playing-mixing the Pianocktail including this one fron 2007.

Movie is scheduled for release in France on April 24,2013.

Vampire Bride to Flesh Pier, Girls Guns and Ghosts, Globus Film Series 2013 at Japan Society, NY

From February 27 to March 10, the Japan Society in New York "offers a retrospective of rarely shown films produced from the late 1950s to the early 1960s by mercurial, pioneering Japanese film studio Shintoho" with its Globus Fim Series 2013.

About the studio"

Founded in 1947 by employees of the Tokyo-based Toho Company during strike action (its name means "New Toho"), Shintoho promptly established itself as one of the major studios of the second golden age of Japanese cinema, specializing in low- (or no-) budget productions that have become absolute cult classics.

Selection for INTO THE SHINTOHO MIND WARP: GIRLS, GUNS & GHOSTS includes New York premiere of Vampire Bride (1960) on March 2nd.

Vampire Bride plot:

"Fujiko, a dance student with a horrific facial scar, seeks help from a sorceress in the mountains, who ultimately transforms her into a powerful monster. After undergoing a ritual that results in her temporary death, she returns to life as a fanged, hairy monster. Not long afterwards, her dance school classmates Kiyoko, a film star, and Eiko, a model, encounter Sayoko, a girl who is the spitting image of the presumed-dead Fujiko. Sayoko, it soon becomes apparent, is not a double, but the original in a new guise. But as much as Sayoko wants to live a normal, peaceful life, she cannot control the monster within her who wants payback against her tormentors."


More titillating is Flesh Pier (1958) is also having its New York premiere on March 2nd.


"Another world of illicit pleasures lies beneath the glittering neon surface of Tokyo. Ken Utsui stars as an undercover cop investigating a call-girl ring operating out of a Ginza nightclub, where he is surprised to discover the boss's moll is his long lost love. He also recognizes a fashion model at the club—Haruko (Akemi Tsukushi), whom he knew as a reporter when he was fighting crime in Kobe. The sharp-eyed pianist, Teruo (Teruo Hata) senses something fishy about these two—and relays his suspicions to Rumi, who has Haruko confined in Teruo's room."

Sex, blood and B-Movies for Tokyo Thursdays # 251

Previously: Soy Sauce Broiled Dango Balls, Salty Tea Snacks from Japanese Farm Food cookbook

(* Image from Vampire Bride © C.E.C.-Centro Espressioni Cinematografiche, from Japan Society's program pages)

Pan Seared New Zealand Lamb Loin Chops, Recipe Video Inspired by Whole Foods Madness Sale

When I was invited to contribute a recipe video showcasing one of the items on Whole Foods 'Madness Sale' selection, I accepted the challenge.

I want to thank John and Christina of Le Salbuen Cafe Market who opened their doors to us for video shoot.

This video could not have happened without A'layeah Thompson who was behind the camera and edited 28 minutes of video to around 4.

Here's the result below.


Watch the Video on Facebook for chance to win Whole Foods Market Basket of Madness.

Thanks to Paper Chef for the parchment cooking bags.

(* This video was made on the invitation of Whole Foods PR Team. Recipe and its content was created by Serge Lescouarnec of 'Serge the Concierge' in collaboration with John of Le Salbuen.)

Whisky,The Islay Edition opens NYC Food Film Festival 2012, October 17-21

The NYC Food Film Festival lives up to its reputation for 2012 edition opening on October 17.

From provocatively titled 2nd Annual Food Porn Party (on Saturday) featuring dishes from Saxon+Parole, Dirt Candy, Brooklyn Star and David Burke Kitchen to Japan scented I  ♥ Japan night Friday Night, 10/19/12, AMC Village 7 Theatres, East Village featuring the world premieres of New York Cooks for Tohoku with Chefs Boulud, Bouley, Payard, Romano, Telepan and more, and Ramen Dreams whose star, Chef Keizo Shimamoto, will cook and serve his legendary ramen in the U.S. for the first time ever, menu offers an array of flavors from sweet to spicy.


Star of opening night is Whisky: The Islay Edition Featuring having its US Premiere alongside a tasting of whisky from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay (Scotland) and a special tasting menu by Chef Chris Rendell of Highlands Restaurant.

NYC Food Festival, taste what you see on screen.