Finally, a film festival you can eat

Eatable pairs flicks with dinners by Leemo Han and Grant Van Gameren

What is it about great food TV and film that’s so transfixing? You’d think Jiro Dreams Of Sushi or Mind Of A Chef (or, um, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives) wouldn’t be nearly as compelling without actually being able to smell or taste any of the dishes you’re watching chefs elegantly coax into existence. Looks like a brand-new film fest has decided to bridge that gap: Eatable Films is set to showcase food-focused movies from around the world, paired with snacks and dinners from some prominent Toronto chefs.

The event kicks off October 4 with the pairing of Sherry and the Mystery of Palo Cortado, a Spanish documentary making its Canadian debut, and Bar Isabel / Bar Raval’s Grant Van Gameren. The chef will be offering pintxos and sherry cocktails during two screenings (3 pm and 6:30 pm) at the Royal Cinema, with optional tickets available for a five-course sherry pairing dinner at Isabel afterward.

Next up on October 5 is the Toronto premiere of Sergio Herman, Fucking Perfect, a portrait of the titular Michelin 3-star chef (he doggedly pushes himself to master his craft, his personal life suffers, you know the drill). Accompanying the 7 pm screening: food by Brandon Olsen (formerly of Bar Isabel), who will present his take on the “perfect bite”, plus some movie concession-stand eats.

Finally, there’s Tampopo, a cult-hit “ramen Western” comedy, which gets an edible background courtesy of Oddseoul and Hanmoto’s Leemo Han. During the screening at the Great Hall, izakaya-style eats will be available afterward, they’ll be doing (what else?) ramen.

Tickets are available at $50, $120 and $200 levels, depending on the food component. Visit the Eatable Films website to learn more. | @nataliamanzocco

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