DEVOUR! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner March 22, 2018
There is a great new highlight for the 21st Annual Sonoma International Film Festival this year: the Devour! Sonoma Chefs & Shorts Gala Dinner being held March 22, 2018.
On that evening, the culinary stage will light up with Sonoma chefs John McReynolds (Edge) and John Toulze (the girl & the fig), cooking alongside Dominique Crenn (Atelier Crenn, San Francisco, and the first woman ever to earn two Michelin Stars and be named Best Female Chef in 2016,), Evan Funke (Felix Trattoria, Los Angeles), and Michael Howell (Founder of Devour!, Wolfville, Nova Scotia).
Working together, the team will craft an inventive five-course dinner, with each dish inspired by short food films from around the world. Indeed, the films will be shown as guests dine.
Served at 6 p.m. in the Sonoma Veterans Hall, the meal will feature Sonoma wines, too, such as Gloria Ferrer, the new WindVane, and Benjamin Bridge crafted from grapes grown in chef Howell’s own backyard in Wolfville.
As SIFF executive director Kevin McNeely notes, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. This annual five-day festival hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs & celebrated filmmakers from around the world.
Sonoma International Film Festival showcases independent films, documentaries, features and shorts shown at venues in and around Sonoma Plaza. Guests can stroll from venue to venue, stopping along the way to enjoy fine food and wine.
Just a few of the food related features at the 2018 SIFF include “Off the Menu” (about a feisty female chef who falls for an arrogant but lovable heir to a fast food chain), “Wasted! The Story of Food Waste” documentary, “A Portrait of a Chef as a Young Woman,” and a documentary about Jacques Pepin, “The Art of Craft.”
And guests may rub elbows with some big name talent. Renowned filmmakers, industry leaders and celebrities such as Bruce Willis, Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, Mary-Louise Parker, Michael Keaton and Meg Ryan have all attended previous festivals.
Details: Tickets are $120 for SIFF Soiree pass holders, $150 for all other pass holders and $200 for the general public. To purchase, visit http://www.sonomafilmfest.org/