Food and film are fast friends. Ever since James Cagney smashed a grapefruit into Mae Clark's face in 1931's “The Public Enemy,” food has been a staple in Hollywood's pantry.
It scored starring roles in films such as “Big Night,” “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman” and “Like Water for Chocolate.” And it's been a scene-stealing best supporting actor in “Tom Jones,” “Animal House,” the original “Thomas Crown Affair” and “Cool Hand Luke.” It's even been a murder weapon in “Who Is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe” and “Lamb to the Slaughter,” a Road Dahl tale twice told on television — first on “Alfred Hitchcock Presents,” then on “Tales of the Unexpected.”
In recognition of food's role in film, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art presents the Foodie Film Feastival, beginning Thursday. The four-day event includes a craft beer and food tasting from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
“El Bulli” screens at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Double features are planned Friday and Saturday with “Soul Kitchen” and “The Trip” showing at 5:30 and 8 p.m., respectively. “El Bulli” also will screen at 2 p.m. Sunday without a
“The tickets for the film and tasting are sold separately,” Oklahoma City Museum of Art film curator Brian Hearn said. “So, you can either come out for food one night and films the next or do it all in one night.”
Or you can come out every night to eat, drink and be marveled by these films from Spain, Germany and Great Britain. Hearn said there also will be food-related giveaways each night of the feastival.
Museum Cafe manager Ahmad Farnia and his staff will present a menu of craft beers with creations from their kitchen and cheeses from Forward Foods in the Noble Theater lobby and mezzanine. Cost for the craft beer tasting is $25.
The menu includes:
• Red Hook's ESB, brewed in the style of a traditional British Extra Special Bitter, will be paired with barbecue baby back ribs and Prima Donna and Appenzeller cheeses. Prima Donna is a mild Dutch Gouda, and Appenzeller is a classic Swiss.
• Redhook's pilsner, the newest kid on the block. A crisp, golden lager modeled after beers of Plzen, Czechoslovakia, this brew will be pair with Grilled Plum Marinated Pork Tenderloin and La Peral Blue Cheese of Spain.
• A Pan-Asian-Style Beef Tenderloin and Blue Del Moncenisio Bleu Cheese from Italy pairs with Red Hook's India Pale Ale, a medium-
• Widmer Brothers Drifter Pale Ale will be served with a chicken roulade and a pair of cheeses: Fiscalini Bandaged Cheddar and Cantalet from France.
• Red Hook's Wit, a Belgian-style that promises it's “made with ginger but still digs Mary-Ann,” with a crab cake and Beermat cheese of Switzerland.
The feastival idea resulted from a water-cooler conversation between music and film critic George Lang and me.
Hearn, Farnia and museum communications manager Leslie Spears took the ball and ran with it on behalf of the museum. The goal is to make this an annual event.
So foodies, film buffs and artisans unite in the name of culture-building in Oklahoma City and join us over the next three days.