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2017 Food in Film Festival Benefits DIF

By Anna Louise Judson

The 2nd annual Food in Film Festival presents some of the best films featuring chefs and their cuisine and wine over a three day period, March 7–9, at Bellas Artes on calle Hernández Macías 75. From noon to 5pm, each day will feature two films followed by one of San Miguel’s top chefs serving samplings, with all proceeds benefiting the DIF kitchen projects.

Food in Film Festival
Tue, Wed, and Thu, Mar 7, 8, and 9, 12–5pm
Bellas Artes
200 pesos
3-day pass for 1,000 pesos
Benefiting DIF

Co-producers, Eva Eliscu, Rhonda Lerner, Kirsten West, and Anna Louise Judson invite you to enjoy this wonderful culinary film event. Tickets are 200 pesos, which includes one movie with a botana (snack), and a 3-day pass is 1,000 pesos. For more information and tickets go to

The movies being shown all share the theme of chefs, wine connoisseurs, and/or a variety of culinary books, including The God of Cookery and Sideways on Tuesday, March 6, Mostly Martha and Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? on Wednesday, and Dinner Rush and Chef on Thursday. Restaurants and wineries will be featured throughout the event, including Moxi, Taco Lab, Zumo, Café Firenze, La Santisima Trinidad, Vinos + Tapa, Agaves + Vinos, and The Restaurant. “This is a wonderful opportunity to try some of the outstanding food in this town, while contributing to an important local cause,” said co-producer Kirsten West.

All proceeds from this event will go towards the DIF kitchen project, for upgrading a community kitchen in a nearby San Miguel de Allende community. “The DIF kitchens are intended to help benefit children and older adults in their diet by providing nutrient rich meals,” said event co-producer, Rhonda Lerner. Thus, the true beauty of the Food in Film Festival is that everybody can enjoy good food, both at the festival and beyond with the funds collected.

In addition to botanas and movies, there will be a free film, a screenwriting panel discussion by filmmakers, and two free culinary expert lectures, one on each of the three days of the event. “In addition to enjoying food and a good movie, one can gain an appreciation for the chef, Mexican cuisine, and documentary film,” said co-producer and dining historian, Eva Eliscu.

This is a wonderful way to celebrate and enjoy the thriving culinary scene in the beautiful and historic setting of Bellas Artes, established in 1785 as a convent and converted into a fine arts school and exhibit space. All screenings will be held upstairs in the Miguel Malo Auditorium, and botanas will be served afterwards in the expansive passageway. For screening times and botana/film pairings, visit the official 2017 Food in Film website at

Sponsors include: Warren Hardy Spanish School, Rebecca Crosby Agave Sotheby’s, and Penzi Weddings.


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