Chicago Food Film Festival on November 19-22


Experience delicious food and great films all wrapped up in one! With a different theme each night, the Chicago Food Film Festival, running from November 19-22, will please all five senses.

Wednesday: Opening Night

  • A screening of director Matt Reynold’s The Great Chicken Wing Hunt, the full-length documentary about Buffalo Wings and the band of misfits who set out to find the world’s best one
  • Feast on an all-you-can-eat assortment of the world’s best Buffalo wings on the 50th Anniversary of the Buffalo Chicken Wing
  • The best hot wing in America, as discovered in Matt Reynold’s epic feature, will be in Chicago for ONE NIGHT ONLY

Thursday: Edible Adventure #012 Sriracha & More

  • Die-hard heat seeking fans won’t want to miss this screening of Sriracha, the documentary that traces the origins of everyone’s favorite condiment
  • The after-party brings the heat with an entire menu of sriracha-inspired dishes

Friday: The Night Aquatic

  • An evening of sea-centric films including Squid Chips,The Mobile BluesSweetSexy Ocean, and more
  • Enjoy a deep-sea spread of seafood favorites including squid, sea urchin, crab, oysters, and sushi
  • Keizo Shimamoto of Ramen Burger fame will be in Chicago to exclusively debut a seafood ramen for the festival

Saturday: #ILoveBeer

  • Beer aficionados won’t want to miss the craft beer bash with a screening of Craft, a feature-length documentary that takes you on a beertastic voyage to the front lines of the Craft Beer Revolution
  • An entire afternoon of craft brews including Lagunitas, sausages, salty snacks, and sweet treats from Chicago, New York, and more

Saturday: The Food Porn Party

  • The notorious (and crowd favorite) returns with an array of saucy shorts and antics from Larry Cauldwell, the world’s first Food Porn Star, who returns with his new short film, Balls!
  • Brooklyn BBQ Pit Master Billy Durney of Hometown BBQ will be serving his celebrated beef ribs to accomapny George Motz’s film, For The Love of Beef Rib

Born in Brooklyn in 2007, The Food Film Festival sprang from the imagination of Festival Director and Travel Channel host George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-winning Hamburger America film and book, along with co-creator Harry Hawk. Through documentaries, features and short films, the Festival showcases the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite foods. Along with a heaping helping of mouth-watering films, Motz, Hawk and company serve up the food that guests are watching on the screen for a multi-sensory, full-bodied experience.

In 2009, acclaimed director Ron Mann called the festival “his absolute favorite” after his film, Know Your Mushrooms, was screened and followed by a 10-course mushroom-inspired tasting menu from Iron Chef star Brad Farmerie of Public and Double Crown. Other past events have included a screening of Whole Hog by Joe York, during which over 1000 people feasted on whole hog barbeque. Following a screening of the food film classic Big Night, the audience enjoyed a re-creation of the famous Timpano featured in the film.

The Food Film Festival is a competitive film festival that presents awards in multiple categories including: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Super-Short, Best Food Porn, Food Filmmaker of the Year and the Audience Choice Award. The Official Selections of The Food Film Festival are reviewed by a judging panel comprised of esteemed members of the food and film communities.

The Food Film Festival, now in New York City, Chicago and Charleston, South Carolina, benefits important local non-profit organizations, such as the Food Bank For New York City, The Good Food Project and GrowFood Carolina. The Festival works hard to promote these operations and the excellent work they do.

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