The second annual Chicago Food Film Festival rolled through town this past weekend with a loaded docket of short film screenings, special events, plentiful tastings, and even an oyster "shuck & suck" inspired by the epic oyster roasts of the Carolina Lowcountry. As per the fest's highly interactive format, viewers were fed the unique foods and drinks they saw onscreen, which had been faithfully recreated by either culinary students at Kendall College—one of the Fest's main venues—or had brought to town just for the occasion (buttermilk from Knoxville, Tennessee's Cruze Dairy Farm—the subject of Buttermilk: It Can Help—comes to mind).
At Sunday's lunchtime screening at a Kendall College auditorium, festival director George Motz handed out this year's awards—custom-inscribed slotted spoons—to the filmmakers behind the fest's best works. Director Jason Lam took top honors for his short film, How to Make a Turtle Burger, which had been screened earlier in the afternoon alongside dozens of tasty and unusual turtle burgers. (In case you were wondering, it's a patty wrapped in bacon that resembles a turtle—there's no turtle meat in a turtle burger).
Sunday's screenings also included a short film from Sky Full of Bacon's Mike Gebert that featured The Butcher & Larder's Rob Levitt advocating whole-animal butchery by making some head cheese (which tasted great, I might add). The fest closed out with a humorous and at the same time dazzling film called In de Keuken, in which two amateur cooks attempt to execute recipes by a top Belgian chef (the chef's renditions turn out exquisite; theirs, not so much).
There was a lot to cover, but check out the slideshow to see just a little bit of what you missed.