The NYC Food Film Festival: Food Porn

When I first read about the NYC Food Film Festival’s food porn party I was slightly intrigued. What was I to expect based upon the promos of a brunette feeding chocolate-covered strawberries to a bearded man or the alternate advertisements featuring beautifully photographed Top Pot pistachio doughnuts? Given its name, it should come as no surprise that the evening blew my mind.

This Saturday night I had the pleasure of attending the sixth annual NYC Food Film Festival and it was a delightfully good time. Food Porn is self-defined by festival director George Motz as films containing beautiful shots of food set to a beautiful soundtrack. Simple enough and exactly what millions of Americans rely on the Food Network for daily. The difference in the NYC Food Film Festival lies in their unique execution of an evening of film shorts.

From the minute I entered the theatre where the festival was taking place, delicious sights and sounds bombarded me. The pre-party, prepared by culinary legend David Burke, lived up to any preconceived notions I had about the festival. Spread throughout the theaters concession areas were sinfully delicious samples including beer cheese soup, shrimp with a sweet potato custard, ‘Breakfast in a Tube’ and Burke’s signature cheesecake pops- artfully prepared by pastry chef Zak Young, of “Top Chef” fame.

It should be noted that scientists have determined the part if your brain that reacts to pornography is the same part that reacts to beautiful imagery–or in the case of the Food Film Festival, beautiful imagery of food.  After moving into the theatre for the main event, a series of short films were screened. While the films rolled there was energy in the air as a team of waiters rushed down the theatre aisles delivering tastings inspired by what appeared on the screen. David Burke and Brad Farmerie beautifully crafted each tasting, some of which were exactly what was being seen on the screen. Some of my favorite tastings included: iced Vietnamese coffee, Strassburger beef cooked to perfection, and deep-fried Tofurky that got me craving Thanksgiving. There was even a very unique moment where a local Brooklyn band, The Sundelles, provided the soundtrack live for one of the films from a small stage in the front of the theatre. Post screening, the audience was invited back to the concessions area for the main event where many the short films had set up tasting stands with pieces of the food featured on the big screen. Tastings this time around included: fried pig tails from The Brooklyn Star, Top Pot doughnuts, and tomato pies from Dirt Candy. There were also handcrafted beer cocktails created by Idle Hands Bar and plenty of Warsteiner beer to go around.  I’m absolutely thrilled that The NYC Food and Film festival invited me to come see, and taste, the best of their food porn. The evening was well executed and is a must attend for food and film lovers alike.

 
 
For further thrifty adventures:
David Burke Kitchen
www.Davidburkekitchen.com
 
Brooklyn Star
www.thebrooklynstar.com
 
Top Pot Doughnuts
www.TopPotDoughnuts.com
 
Dirt Candy
www.DirtCandyNYC.com
 
Idle Hands Bar
www.IdleHandsBar.com
 
Strassburger Meats
www.StrassburgerSteaks.com
 
NYC Food and Film Festival
www.TheFoodFilmFestival.com
(For all my friends in Chicago check out their next event on November 15-17!)
 
Preview one of the winning features, Dog Eats Dream by director John Craig Ross:
 

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