Chow Down, Boulder's first food film festival, gets under way tonight. Hosted by the International Film Series and the Boulder Public Library, the event will bring together a slew of passionate Boulder foodies and local businesses over three days of programs that include seven films about food, family and the world. Tonight's kick off is a free showing of Les Blank's Garlic Is as Good as Ten Mothers at the Boulder Public Library. The program starts at 6 p.m.; local garlic farmer Karen Beeman of WeeBee Farms will introduce the movie -- and the first twenty attendees will receive a free Garlic Saver courtesy Lucky's Market.
Keep reading for the rest of the film schedule.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10 In order to get into the vinous vibe for the feature film Somm, which screens Friday, Chow Down will host a wine tasting at Boulder's Bramble & Hare guided by Julie Meyers of clink! The tasting, which begins at 6:30 p.m., will explore six wines that are available for $7 to 15; calling Bramble and Hare at 303-444-5500 to make reservations.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11 Bobby Stuckey, co-owner and Master Sommelier of Frasca Food and Wine, will introduce the 7 p.m. screening of Somm, which follows the grueling process that Master Sommelier candidates endure on their way to certification.
Following the feature, John Lehndorff, former food editor and columnist for the Daily Camera and Aurora Sentinel, will host a panel discussion with Master Sommeliers Sally Mohr, Wayne Belding and Douglas Krenik.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12 From 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., prior to the screening of Jadoo, local henna artists will set up shop in the Muenzinger Auditorium lobby, offering simple henna designs for donations; all proceeds will go to Help a Child, a charity that provides scholarships for academically talented, underprivileged Indian students.
Jadoo, the story of two estranged Indian brothers who operate rival Indian restaurants in the heart of the U.K, will begin at 7 p.m.; Indian culinary blogger Manisha Pandit will introduce the film.
A Place at the Table will follow at 9 p.m. with an introduction by Suzanne Crawford, CEO of the Sister Carmen Community Center. The movie explores food insecurity in a small Colorado Western Slope town and puts faces on the 25 percent of American children who do not know where their next meal is coming from.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13 The final day of the festival includes three films and a four-course meal. The first film, Now, Forager, tells the story of a professional mushroom forager and his chef wife; it starts at 2 p.m.
At 4 p.m., Shine Restaurant will be the site of Boulder's first Hummus Throw-down. Fifteen local restaurants -- including Arabesque, Cafe Aion, Hope Hummus, Oak at Fourteenth, Prasad, Riffs, Savory Cuisines Catering, Shine, Udi's, Volta, West Flanders Brewing and Zeal -- will show off their hummus before a panel of three judges, and get the audience in the mood for the next film, Make Hummus Not War, which begins at 7 p.m.
The fest will conclude with Artisan Baker, a film directed by Boulder filmmaker Una Morera that features Maurizio Negrini, the third-generation Italian master baker at Udi's Artisan Bakery.
Except for tonight's free screening of Garlic, all the movies will be shown at the Muenzinger Auditorium located on the CU Boulder campus, and tickets to each are $7 for general admission, $6 with CU-Boulder student ID, and $6 for seniors. Find still more information on Chow Down at chow-down.com.
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