Local Restaurants Represent at Food Film Festival

Taste the food you see on film

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By David Hammond

Last weekend, the Food Film Festival was held at Kendall College in Chicago. As noted previously, this festival is unique in that it features films of food…and then you get to taste the food you see on film.

Two of the "You Really Should Eat This" segments were screened: "Corned Beef Hash at George's" and "Feijoada at Taste of Brasil Café."

Before the show started, I went into the kitchen and found Christiane Pereira of Taste of Brasil busily working with Kendall College students to prepare about 200 portions of her feijoada, which translates very well to this format. She put the bean stew, farofa, rice and some greens in a small plastic cup, which worked perfectly when trying to feed a large audience within the video's few minutes of running time.

After the video was screened, Pereira came out to say a few words about the feijoada, and George Motz, the found of the festival, kindly observed that this was what the film festival was all about: "We have the food, the film about the food, the producer and on-camera host, and the chef, all here in one room. This festival brings all that together, and that's what this festival is all about."

We were also served samples of corned beef hash from George's, but due to a communications snafu, George's had not been asked for the corned beef until the day before.  So Motz actually drove out to George's to pick up the corned beef himself…which made watching the video of the hash so much more of a complete experience.

Thanks to both Taste of Brasil Café and George's for participating in the production of their respective "You Really Should Eat This" segments.

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