All About Food Day/Film Day Movies and Tastings – Saturday, October 24

Dear Friends,

We have been working hard to make our first event, Food Day/Film Day a day we think you will enjoy. It is Saturday, October 24.

We thought about not bringing out an issue but then Lori Varsames whose perceptive review of El Somni last week brought a terrific response called to ask if she could write about The Ways of Wine. Michael Pollan said we could run some of his recipes to tie-in with the San Francisco Premiere of In Defense of Food and it seemed a good idea to also feature an excerpt from that best-seller.

And we will hold over last week’s articles relating to Food Day/Film Day.

We hope to see you there and please tell your friends in person, on the phone, by email or social media.

And here is a final run-down of the day with our speakers and tastings.

We held back plenty of tickets from advance sales to be available at the box office.

You can still purchase advance tickets (no service charge).


Gary and present a day of food-themed movies in San Francisco as part of the national FoodDay on Saturday, October 24.  

Each feature at the Roxie will be preceded by tastings from local food and/or beverage producers and a short film.

More information at

The Show

Celluloid Appetizers 11:00 AM  Exploratorium’s Kanbar Forum

A program of short films featuring Susan Rockefeller’s Food for Thought, Food for Life and a selection of tasty cinematic bites. Films from Lexicon of Sustainability, Real Food Media, Pes, Taste and more. Just down the street from the CUESA’s Ferry Plaza Farmer’s Market. Meet some filmmakers.

Free Admission – no tickets required

FilmStripBabette’s Feast  1:15 PM – Roxie Theatre

A French housekeeper (Stéphane Audran) with a mysterious past brings a quiet revolution to a little Scandinavian fishing village toward the end of the nineteenth century, in the form of an exquisite French meal — from Potage a’la Tortue (Turtle Soup) to Caille en Sarcophage avec Sauce Perigourdine (Quail in Puff Pastry Shell with Foie Gras and Truffle Sauce), sparkling Veuve Clicquot and the finale — Baba au Rhum avec les Figues (Rum Cake with Dried Figs). Gabriel Axel’s Oscar-winning film, adapted from an Isak Dinesen story, is the ultimate film for food lovers.

Introduced by Gayle Pirie and John Clark of the Foreign Cinema restaurant.

*Preceded by tastings of Vanilla Bean Organic Ice Cream from Straus Family Creamery and handcrafted meringues from The Grand Meringue.

FilmStripIn Defense of Food     4:00 PM- Roxie Theatre San Francisco Premiere

“What should I eat to be healthy?”

Cutting through confusion and busting myths and misconceptions, Michael Pollan shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic ills so often associated with our modern diet. “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Based on Pollan’s best-selling book.

Executive Producer Kiki Kipany will introduce the film and after the screening the film’s editor Rhonda Collins will answer questions with Dean Schillinger, MD the founding director of UCSF’s Center for Vulnerable Populations. The Center is a partner with the local group Youth Speaks in a social marketing campaign to empower minority youth to help end Type 2 Diabetes in California. The campaign is featured in the film and is transforming people’s understanding of the relationship between food and health.

*There will be vegetarian goodies from La Mediterranee of Noe Valley before the screening.

FilmStripEl Somni (The Dream)  7:00 PM – Roxie Theatre San Francisco Premiere

The Roca Brothers – a chef, a sommelier and a pastry chef – own Barcelona’s El Celler de Can Roca, named the world’s best restaurant. To celebrate they bring together musicians, poets, painters, composers, singers, and visual artists from around the world for a stunning dining experience that fuses art and cuisine.

*Preceded by Spanish influenced tastings from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, renowned for their tapas. Accompanied by wines.

GlassThe Ways of Wine 9:15 PM – Roxie Theatre   San Francisco Premiere

A famous sommelier, Charlie Arturaola, arrives at the glamorous “Masters of Food and Wine” in Argentina. After having “traveled the world on a wine bottle,” something unusual happens: he loses his palate. In order to recover it, the most important people of the wine world think he has to “wash” his palate with the best wines of the region.

Master Sommelier David Glancy, founder of the San Francisco Wine School will tell stories about Charlie Arturaola, becoming a sommelier and answer questions after the film.

* Wine from Y Rousseau Winery and Chocolate tasting before the film.

Admission: $14.00 each film includes tastings

All Day Pass : $40 saves $16 and is transferable

Advance tickets with no service charge.

Tickets will also be available at the door if seats are available.

Quick Schedule: & Food Day present Food Day / Film Day on Saturday, October 24.  

  • 11:00 AMCelluloid AppetizersExploratorium’s Kanbar Forum- Free!
    Shorts film for all ages about foodAt the Roxie Theatre. Each feature preceded by tastings and a short film.
  • 1:15 PM Babette’s Feast – Oscar-winning gastronomic classic
  • 4:00 PM In Defense of Food – based on Michael Pollan’s best-selling book
  • 7:00 PM El Somni (The Dream) – A 12-course meal like you’ve never seen
  • 9:15 PM Ways of Wine – A famous sommelier loses his palate


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