Celebrated, revered and constantly photographed, food is the new rock ‘n’ roll, and chefs are the new rock stars. The Food & Film Series, a monthly event presented by the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society, returns for a second year but with a twist. This year the series pairs a popular foodie film followed by an intimate Q&A and tasting with a local or regional chef, mixologist, brew master, chocolatier or forager. The series kicks off Tuesday, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with the sinfully delicious film “Chocolat,” starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, followed by a Q&A with Dorado Chocolates owner and chocolatier Ken Kossoudji, at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City.
The Food & Film Series launched last year, and screened such films as “The Big Night”, “Amelie” and “Mamma Mia” alongside an Italian feast, French crepes and Greek cuisine, prepared by local restaurateurs and caterers. Films were screened in Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state-of-the-art projection and concert sound was brought in.
This year, the series will be hosted at The Magic Theatre, a charming 62-seat art house movie theatre located in the Seven Hills Business District and at the Miners Foundry for the larger, more dinner theaterspecific screenings. The Magic Theatre boasts new Dolby surround sound, a new screen, new state-of-the-art DCI projection, new red velvet plush seats and organic concessions.
“We are excited to bring the series to The Magic Theatre, as it has been the home of the Nevada City Film Festival for 13 years,” said Jesse Locks, festival director. “Utilizing the two venues, The Magic Theatre and the Miners Foundry, we’ll be able to create a unique filmgoing experience for our film society members and attendees. We also look forward to collaborating with local and regional celebrity chefs and uncovering up-and-coming folks who are doing new and exciting things with food and drink.”
The series’ first film of the year is “Chocolat.” It is the endearing story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her 6-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie. Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for eight BAFTAs and four Golden Globes. It won a Screen Actors Guild Award. The film also stars Judi Dench, Lena Olin and Alfred Molina. Following the film, Kossoudji from Dorado Chocolates in Grass Valley will be on hand to talk about the process of making chocolate and how one becomes a chocolatier and to share some of his delectable chocolate.
According to Lonely Planet, “Ken Kossoudji creates incredible handmade chocolates at this temple of indulgence. There’s amazing coffee drinks and, yes, hot chocolate.” Dorado’s hot chocolate is so famous Oprah’s team picked it as a top five in the U.S. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.
The film begins at 7 p.m. The theater and box office will open 30 minutes prior. Tickets are $8 for members of the Magic Lantern Film Society, $10 for non-members. Advance tickets are available for purchase at The Magic Theatre during business hours, or call 530-362-8601.
For information, go to http://magiclanternfilmsociety.org.