Boulder Chefs and Opera on Tap Harmonize at Flatirons Food Film Festival Benefit

As it heads into its fourth year, the Flatirons Food Film Festival has “grown to have a life of its own,” says director Julia Joun. “There’s great receptiveness, because food and film are so big.” But you can’t grow without some fertilizer, and to raise funds, the festival is hosting its second Films, Chefs, and Glorious Song benefit in Boulder.

The bash will include a showing of The Perennial Plate’s “A Tale of Three Seasides” and small plates inspired by the short film from Boulder chefs, including Dave Query of the Big Red F Group, Kelly Whitaker of Basta, Blackbelly Butcher’s Nate Singer, and Daniel Asher, whose soon-to-open River and Woods has created significant buzz because the venture is partly crowdsourced and will feature dishes inspired by customers’ family recipes. The glorious song comes courtesy of Opera on Tap Colorado. “This year it’s interactive,” says Joun. “The response to the film will determine the aria.”

To select films for the festival, Joun views dozens of possibilities, deciding “how good they are, how they might fit together to provide a holistic view of food culture,” she explains. “I’m really trying to convey different parts of how people relate to or are affected by food, from the fundamental level of agriculture to the fun level of fun dining, the politics of food.... There are a lot of subjects germane to food culture.”

The fourth Flatirons Food Film Festival runs from October 20 through October 23; whet your appetite from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, August 3, at the Dairy Arts Center, 2590 Walnut Street in Boulder. Ticket to the fundraiser are $80 at flatironsfoodfilmfest.org.

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