Ever sat in a movie theater watching a film that may or may not have anything to do with food, but once a character starts to enjoy something that looks tasty, all of a sudden it becomes the only thing you care about? Well guess what- The annual Food Film Festival brings you the “multisensory food and film experience” meaning that every food you see on screen, you get to taste it right there at that moment! And yes, it’s one of the best movie theater experiences you’ll ever have.
Opening night of the Food Film Festival at AMC Empire 25 located in the heart of Manhattan, Times Square was packed with food enthusiasts who were ready to watch Tender: Stories of Love and Meat and chow down on all sorts of meat that you can imagine. The VIP pre-party featured a variety from my favorite Hometown BBQ located in Red Hook, Brooklyn. From tender pastrami bacon bites, pork belly bahn mi, to smoked sriracha chicken wings. It was almost impossible to resist the temptation of filling myself up even before the movie started.
As the crowd moved into the theatre and got to their seats, the evening started out with “Central Texas Barbecue,” a breathtaking documentary about meat focusing on how “barbecue is more than a way to cook meat- it’s a way of life, a path to salvation, and a sure-fire way to start an argument at the dinner table.” Once we saw the sausages cooking on the grill a tray of sausages were passed on in every aisle so we could taste what we saw. “Course of Food” told a tale about Andy Bowen, a free range pig farmer who leaves quite an impact on the importance of independent farmers. As an animal lover and former vegetarian it’s safe to say that he cares about his animals more than anybody else could. “Growling Local:Pig Not Pork” featured some apple thyme pork loins that I inhaled in a second. The program ended with The Science of the Burger that brought us through the method of creating the perfect burger to satisfy your cravings. Post-screening was followed by a feast of not only meat but just about everything including peanut butter and jelly doughnuts!