Edible Twin Cities is sponsoring a salute to the Slow Food movement by screening seven short films about food from Slow Food International’s juried competition. The films are from Brazil, Serbia, India, France, Sweden, Germany, and Japan, and the event is on March 24 at 4 p.m. on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul Campus. Now here’s the cool part—or the rip-off, depending on how cynical you are: The proceeds benefit local delegates to the 2008 Slow Food Terra Madre project, billed as "an international gathering of farmers, chefs, and researchers." So here is the tradeoff . . . you buy a cheap ticket for a great afternoon of superb, food-focused cinema, and you help pay for some other dude’s good time food holiday. Jealous? The get off your butt and join your local Slow Food convivium! I have seen several of these shorts and they are fabulous.
Last Monday night’s debut of Bizarre Foods went pretty well. We had a great kickoff party at Morton’s. A huge thanks to Kathleen and her amazing staff at Mort’s, and to Colleen Needles Steward and the whole Tremendous Entertainment crew for putting on a great event. Check out Rudy Maxa’s blog for an unvarnished and balanced discussion on the merits of the show itself and the series’s engaging and informed host. The blogosphere has been crawling with interesting takes on the show—some of the best discussions have been on the comment boards on Travel Channel’s website, but some other sites have also been pretty fun to read, even when they are ripping me. Believe this, I am not whining in any way, shape, or form. Do what I do for long enough and you develop a pretty thick skin. You get used to the harsh crazy stuff, and luckily, I have learned over the years to read only a small percentage of that junk. Want to join in the fun? Check out any of these blogs: the Well Fed Network, the Common Sense Media TV review, or TVgasm.
Some personal party highlights? Sharing the night with all my friends and seeing Rishia in her element, a charming and gorgeous hostess with the mostess. Scarfing down Morton’s steak sandwiches and key lime pie with my wife after everyone left, watching my Dad beaming with paternal pride the entire evening long and pitching every TV exec in the room on a show that would star him and his seventy-nine-year-old crusty-old-wise-guy personality (I’d watch that!). Watching Holden Platt, almost nine years old, go after Dan Barreiro for not breaking down enough Twins hot-stove action; seeing my wife introduce her mother to one of her idols, KARE 11’s Diana Pierce; watching my father-in-law taking KARE’s Eric Perkins hostage as he dissected the last two years worth of Perk at Play episodes, one at a time. And seeing Cities 97’s Brian Turner diving into a big plate of yak carpaccio. Yes, I am serious. Or watching every leering wolf in the room eyeballing Fox 9’s uber-petite Alix Kendall and then roving their gaze to the leggy Amazon Alexis McKinnnis—very fun stuff. And on the flip side, every single lady at the party wanted to hit on my buddy Dan Buettner, who arrived without longtime girlfriend Cheryl Tiegs, who was still attending Oscar parties back home and couldn’t make it. More on the party once I have time to download some photos.