Eater Chicago intern Jeffy Mai contributed this article.
2011 NYC Food Film Festival [Photo: Ryan Jensen]
Film and food lovers alike will be able to taste the big screen again at the 2nd annual Chicago Food Film Festival. Taking place from November 18 to 20 at Kendall College and Intelligentsia Roasting Works, the event will offer guests a selection of foods that are featured in the films being presented. Chef Art Jackson of Pleasant House Bakery and Pleasant Farms will kick off the festival's opening night with a 'Farm to Film to Table' session highlighting the tastes of a farm fresh harvest. Alongside several short films will be dishes from Pleasant House Bakery, a sustainable ice cream sundae bar from the Cruze Family Farm and more.
The Doughnut Vault will take center stage the following afternoon with donuts fresh from their shop and a short documentary delivering the sights and sounds of the sweets factory. Accompanying them will be several other films featuring fares such as junk food, the expresso shot and coconut macaroons. Later that evening, 'The Great Chicago Shuck 'N Suck' will include a food porn party and an authentic lowcountry oyster roast on the banks of Goose Island with more than 7,500 South Carolina oysters brought over from the coast. The ' 2011 Awards Ceremony Lunch' will wrap things up on November 20 by featuring the festival's winning films and a special screening of director Jason Lam's "How to Make a Turtle Burger," a short film about a bacon-wrapped turtle burger.
The films will be presented awards in five categories including Best Short, Chicago Food Filmmaker of the Year and Best Food Porn Film. The judging panel will be comprised of members of Chicago's food and film community and chefs Bill Sianis of the Billy Goat Tavern & Grill and Michael Kornick of mk and DMK Burger Bar. "One year it was so intense we even had to provide wipes to manage all of the salivating," said executive producer Seth Unger. Tickets and a full listing of films and foods at each event can be found here.