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January 21, 2011

Cinema Sundays to screen "Today's Special"

We all have our favorite foodie movie -- Babette's Feast, Big Night and Tampopo invariably show up on best-of lists. A subcategory, movies actually set in restaurants, would include, beside Big Night, titles like Waitress, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore and Ratatouille.

A new restaurflick is showing this weekend at Cinema Sundays at the Charles. Here's the synopsis from the website.

(Today's Special) tells the story of Samir (Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart)...a sous chef who dreams of becoming the head chef at an upscale Manhattan restaurant. When he is passed over for a promotion he impulsively quits and lets his co-worker Carrie know that he intends to go to Paris and apprentice under a master French chef. Dreams must be put aside though after his father Hakim has a heart attack and Samir is forced to take over Tandoori Palace, the nearly bankrupt family restaurant in Jackson Heights.

The movie also features the award-winning actress and cookbook author Madhur Jaffrey.

The real reason to go, though -- the Q&A for the film will be led by the Baltimore Sun's own Sam Sessa.

Posted by Richard Gorelick at 2:30 PM | | Comments (7)


Sounds like a fun premise.

Years ago, Cinema Sundays ran a film called "A Chef in Love" which was OK-but-not-great on plot IMHO but had awesome food scenes.

The most *koff* interesting food film I have seen was "La Grande Bouffe:"

An earlier discussion on this blog introduced me to the German foodie film called "Mostly Martha" in its U.S. release. Highly recommended.

There's also Super Size Me

But after seeing "Super Size Me" I never wanted to eat another French fry in my life! I have already pretty much sworn off burgers, except for "In-and-Out" once a year or so.

I was having my whole grain lunch while watching it (popcorn & iced tea no sweetener) and I felt like the whole audience was disgusted with me. Catholic guilt.

And don't get on me about how bad popcorn is because I only get it at the Charles where they only use canola oil. It's a decent occasional lunch. STOP JUDGING ME!

Another good foodie movie... Eat Drink Man Woman

Chocolat - if for no other reason than having the pleasure of watching the exquisite Juliette Binoche and the always interesting Johnny Depp together. The candy making scenes were definitely food porn for chocoholics.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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