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Food and Film under the Portals of Bellas Artes:

final editorial FIFF

By Kristopher Kegel

What do you get when you combine Food and Film? You get a fabulous event.

This year’s 2018 Food in Film festival was held from February 22–24 in Bellas Artes. The three-day event brought San Miguel residents and visitors to enjoy Foodie Films and tasty botanas.

Ticket holders to the film Cooking with Stella were treated by Chef Francine from restaurant Paprika to the delicious inspired taste of India. Beer was served up by La Choperia for a perfect combination.

The film Dieta Mediterranea is all about romance and cooking, a feel-good movie! Chef Magda from El Vergel Bistro & Market did not disappoint when she served up a Spanish Mac & Cheese and a bit more for everyone’s taste buds to fall in love.

Hank’s New Orleans Café offered everyone a glass of romantic red.

Vatel is a film of extravagance. Chef Vatel’s extraordinary food presentations to please Louis XIV are a difficult act to follow. However, Café Rama decided to show Vatel and Louis XIV what good Mexican cooking is all about. Café Rama and its staff presented an outstanding food performance. Vatel would approve.

Many ticket holders spent an evening with Ratatouille.

This sweet animated film is a favorite of chef Delani from Hecho Con Amor Catering. She cooked up a delicious ratatouille for all to enjoy. A to Z Wine Tours offered a glass of Spanish wine.

On the last day of the festival, the documentary film Deli Man tugged at the heart of many in the audience. Meanwhile, Chef Zajar from INTIMO presented a beautiful table with delicious home-baked bagels and homemade hummus, making everyone attending happy.

The 2018 Food in Film Festival’s grand finale featured the 1973 cult film La Grande Bouffe. This film is for the brave with a strong stomach. To watch a group of men eat themselves to death is not easy. Pastry Chef Paco from El Petit Four eased the pain by presenting ticket holders of La Grande Bouffe with a table of pastries to die for! Berlin Restaurant provided a glass of champagne to bring up the spirit.

Three food-related lectures brought learning to many. The presentations were “From Maíz to Tortillas,” presented by Kirsten West; “Taste, A Food and Dining Adventure,” presented by Eva Eliscu; and “The Chilies of Mexico: The History, The Lore, The Love,” presented by Vicki Challancin.

During the three-day festival, So Others May Eat had the opportunity to tell the audience of their efforts to feed the elderly in need. The Food in Film Festival is proud to be affiliated with this organization and to be able to contribute to SOME.

Without the generosity of the festivals, Premier Sponsors, Food Sponsors and Gift Sponsors, the Food in Film Festival would not be possible. These individuals and businesses are truly


Next year, the 2019 Food in Film festival will continue to reach for the stars.


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