I adore the now-not-so-recent revival in exquisite cocktails. My heart leaps when I pick up an exciting cocktail menu, often divided into two lists: classic cocktails, and innovative ones created by the resident mixologist. I’m especially heartened by the use of fresh fruit and vegetables, whether juiced or muddled, and fragrant herbs and spices.
I look forward to the San Francisco Silent Film Festival all year long. It’s an intense event, but encompassable: this year’s iteration crams 19 events into a long weekend—with one movie on Thursday night, May 29, and the rest spread thickly across Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The Festival’s brief—to show silent movies, both well-known and obscure, with live musical accompaniment—suits me right down to the ground. But I also cherish the opportunity to descend into a sort of childish gourmandise, built up over the years in a combination of experimentation and ritual. Continue reading →
Chef (2014) seems to have been designed with EatDrinkFilms and me in mind: a heartfelt movie about a Los Angeles restaurant chef whose over-the-top response to a blogger’s bad review is captured on video, and whose dissemination on social media precipitates both his firing and a midlife crisis that leads him back to his Miami roots and a joyous food truck odyssey across the USA. Continue reading →
Releasing a movie is always a hectic business, but especially so when you’re the producer-directors of an independently produced documentary and are willing to travel with your film. I managed to sit down for dinner with Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller in San Francisco on a Monday night between two trips to Los Angeles to promote their intriguing new documentary THE GALAPAGOS AFFAIR: SATAN CAME TO EDEN.