Last weekend marked the third anniversary of the Chicago Food Film Festival, where the food you see on screen is served during the viewing. It's a fun concept and the house was packed. Festival director, George Motz (who is also a favorite of AHT) hosted the event with co-founder Harry Hawk. Serious Eats' own James Boo debuted his film about the Sugar Shack, a renowned Canadian maple farm.
Opening night kicked off with the screening of seven short films, all of which tied to the evening's theme of "Farm to Film to Table." Motz introduced the films—which focused on farming and sustainable food and drink—as well as the filmmakers and their subjects who were able to attend the screening.
Three of the films shown had local ties. "Über," directed by Mark Cwiakala, looked at the sustainable philosophy of Hannah's Bretzel founder Florian Pfahler. With "Farmer Poet," co-directors Dan Fisher, Becky Lipscum, and Gail Grasso profiled Mint Creek Farm's Harry Carr, a passionate organic livestock farmer based in Stelle, Illinois, who waxes lyrical about his chosen field. And the filmmakers of Potluck Creative premiered "French Fries & Ice Cream," which documents how EL Ideas chef Phillip Foss makes one of his signature dishes.