Food Porn Star
This mustachioed gentleman is the director of the movie "Fondue" that we watched earlier in the evening. He definitely dressed the part at the festival. I mean, check out those sweet, sweet, jorts. I think he stole them from my dresser.
Later, during the after-party, he sat with festival goers in suggestive poses with baguettes, melons, and other items that reminded me of something I'd seen on the Internet.
George Motz is one of the co-founders of the festival. If he looks familiar, that's because he's the author of Hamburger America, and he's also the host of Burger Land on Travel Channel. Those mutton chops are glorious in person, by the way.
Some unemployed-looking person got goaded into taking a mouthful of whipped cream from two provocatively dressed women. Oh, crap. Wait. That's me.
Chicago Food Film Festival
Turn down the lights and let's start the show!
You know it's a killer event when it even has its name on sugar packets!
Smoked Corn Salad
Before the festivities started, we munched on goodies like this smoked corn salad from Chicago Q.
This little number is a miniature pulled pork sandwich from Chicago Q. Smoky, tender, juicy, and delicious. Pitmaster Lee Ann Whippen was there herself, serving up each plate.
Shrimp and Grits
The last small plate from Chicago Q was a gigantic shrimp and creamy grits. They go together like Milo and Otis.
Let's Get Silly
This short little film about movie snacks ended up with some serious violence. It got silly. Real silly. So, basically, best cartoon ever.
This drink, called "Paloma," was a mix of tequila, grapefruit juice, lime, with a salted rim.
Hiding under that piece of bread was a classic cheese fondue. The short film of the same name involved a mustached man, uh, enjoying a long baguette. Like, really, really, enjoying the baguette. You had to be there.
Beer Braised Ox Cheek
This delicious beer braised beef cheek accompanied a trippy film that showed its creation—backwards.
Mixed Berries, Three Ways
The same creators of the beer braised ox cheek film created a similar film done backwards; this time, it was with mixed berries.
Salted Caramel Doughnut
Who says salted caramel is out of fashion? These delicious old-fashioned donuts were flown in all the way from Seattle's Top Pot doughnuts and were doused in beautiful salted caramel. I heard Serious Eats Chicago editor Nick grunting next to me as he ate his.
Mandorlato is a kind of nougat treat made in Italy. It contains almonds enrobed in a sweet white nougat. Each bite has a roasted almond snap to it along with gentle sweetness from the nougat itself. The short film was about how mandorlato is manufactured by hand and machinery.
Also, nougat is one of my favorite words. Nougat.
Rock the Vote
Time to vote for your favorite movie! No, seriously, do it. This democracy is useless unless you put your vote in.
How to Make Burmese Faluda
Faluda is a snack people eat on hot days in Burma. It's one of the most unique foods I've ever tried, combining vermicelli noodles with tapioca, sometimes basil seeds, rose syrup, and milk, water, or ice cream. This one was also topped with flan. Yes, that flan. Really interesting.
Weiner and Still Champion Corn Dog
Local fried favorite, Wiener and Still Champion (I still think that's the best name ever) came to the after-party with absolutely delicious corn dogs.
Wiener and Still Champion actually brought two dishes, one of which was a heart-stopping chicken-fried bacon. Too bad I forgot my defibrillator at home that night.
The same salted caramel that dressed the Top Pot donut from earlier was out to sample too. It was absolutely delicious. It was a good way to end the evening, after the chicken-fried bacon, because diabetes and heart attacks go together so well.