Who doesn't enjoy dinner and a movie? It's a classic combination. Why not take that combo one step further and enjoy a movie about the dinner you're eating? All you need to do is sign up for the 2nd Annual Chicago Food Film Festival, happening November 18 through 20, 2011 at Kendall College (900 N North Branch Street).
The festival hosts four events and an after-party over the three day period, and covers twenty films with countless opportunities for calories. I'm not much for movies, but I'll watch one that includes a slice from Hoosier Mama Pie (1618 1/2 Chicago Avenue). I love the fruit pies from here, but it's also one of the few places I can consistently find sugar pie.
I'm also intrigued by the Great Chicago Shuck 'N Suck, an event that features a oyster roast with sides from one of my favorite new restaurants, The Bedford (1612 West Division Street). If they can answer the question, "What's Virgin Meat?" as I'm wolfing down food from Chef Mark Steuer, then I shall savor the irony as well as the film.
Most of the films in the Festival are new to me, but if you enjoy Chicago's food scene, then you'll seek out this opportunity to talk with the chefs, brew masters and bakers who make it shine.
Individual events have already sold out, but VIP passes that allow access to the entire festival are still available. For a full listing of films and foods at each event, please visit the Festival website.