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Food Films Festival to Aid Biblioteca Publica Scholarship Fund

By Ruth Milikin

Generosity is the hallmark of San Miguel, and the festival is tremendously grateful to our sponsor restaurants and culinary purveyors. Each film will be followed by a courtyard reception at which botanas and beverages from Corona will be offered. The reception offerings are included with your film ticket. Each film’s sponsor will pay homage to the film’s country of origin or theme. This is a wonderful post-film opportunity to mingle, savor appetizers and beverages, and experience the artistry of our sponsors.

Food Films Festival
February 16-18
11am and 6pm
Teatro Santa Ana
La Biblioteca
3-day festival pass 850 pesos
Individual screenings 160 pesos
The Chef Chronicles 50 pesos

Chocolate is the theme for day one of the festival. The film Chocolat will screen at 11am followed by a reception sponsored by Mente Cacao. Proprietor Eduardo Villers is passionate about the authentic Mexican chocolate served at Mente Cacao. He says his products are among the most precious flavors of his ancestors, and his reception offering will be a delicious hot chocolate drink. The film Like Water for Chocolate is scheduled for 6pm. Sponsors C.C. and Mario of Mario’s Mole-Estilo Cha Cha Cha promises a sensual chicken mole to match the passions of the film.

Day two of the festival takes us from Japan to Denmark. The 11am spaghetti western comedy, Tampopo, is followed by a post film reception sponsored by Sushi-Itto. Melissa Mervin promises botanas using the freshest ingredients for a fusion of Japanese/Mexican cuisine. Following the 6pm screening of Babette’s Feast, botanas guaranteed to tantalize your taste buds are a donation from sponsor Anders Litzen of 2 Suecos Catering.

The final day of the festival takes us from Brazil to San Francisco at the 11am screening of Woman on Top. El Manatial will be serving a spicy seafood dish reminiscent of the one served in the film. The festival closes with the 6pm screening of The Big Night. The post-film reception is generously sponsored by Vivali Restaurant Bar.

Silent auction items come from merchants Camino Silvestre and Blime Cuchillos. Jim and Alfredo at Camino Silvestre, San Miguel’s go-to store for garden and home accessories, have donated something for the auction that that will enhance any home. Blime Cuchillos’ two kitchen stores supply all the necessities for home cooks, professional chefs, and restaurants. Issac del Castillo says his business is “magic for your kitchen,” and he is delighted to provide a wide selection of cutlery, chef wear, gadgets, and cooking tools at reasonable prices. Blime Cuchillos has donated a generous gift basket of kitchen items valued at $US250 for the silent auction. The winners will be announced at the final reception.

Be generous, attend the festival, and consider making an additional donation to benefit La Biblioteca’s Scholarship Fund. An educational scholarship can be a life changing event for a young person.


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