Thursday, July 24, 2014

Seeing Is Eating

Get your fill at this weekend's Chicago Food Film Fest

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You're smack in the middle of a movie theater and the craving strikes: You want a ramen burger. Bad.

But you're stuck with stale Raisinets.

Thanks to this weekend’s Chicago Food Film Festival, you can finally eat what’s on the screen without having to leave your seat (ramen burgers included).
 
The classrooms of Kendall College transform into small theaters to screen dozens of short food-based films, with servers walking down the aisles to fill your face with what your eyes are already digesting.
 
So if, for example, you’re watching the four-minute Best Fish Tacos in Ensenada, popcorn won’t do. Instead, munch on the real thing delivered straight from the famous LA food stand to your seat. And yes, that's just one tasty example.
 
After the films, nightly afterparties are set up in the lobby outside the theater where wine and Idle Hands beer will help you mingle with fellow movie buffs while making a meal out of what you just saw.
 
The Friday night Food Porn Party will feature a “fondue lounge” following the screening of Fondue, and the Saturday night Lowcountry Shrimp Boil is modeled after the South Carolina boils from Head On: Shrimping in the Lowcountry.
 
There’s also an awards ceremony, cooking demos, and the premiere of the original Chicago film series You Should Really Eat This shot on location at local eateries.
 
We'll wait here while you set up the DVR.

Chicago Film Food Festival
Friday - Saturday, November 22-23
Kendall College, 900 N. Branch St., River West
(312) 752-2000
thefoodfilmfestival.com
 
Price: VIP festival pass $285; afterparties $65-95 per event here
Nearby: Japonais; Motel Bar; Hearts

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