Long Beach International Film Festival Partners with Devour! for the 2nd Annual “Chefs & Shorts,” A Unique Dining Experience Combining Cinema with Culinary Creations

Guests to enjoy five courses from renowned chefs while viewing the short films that inspired each dish 

Long Beach, NY (July 9, 2018) –A feast for the eyes and the stomach is coming back to Long Beach! On Thursday, August 2nd, the Long Beach International Film Festival is partnering with Devour! for the 2nd year in a row to present a unique dining experience pairing gastronomy and short films at the chic beach-front Allegria Hotel. At “Chefs & Shorts,” guests will enjoy a five-course meal with wine pairings, each course inspired by a short film. Tickets are on sale now for $149. 

 “It is great to be partnering with Devour again this year. They have been a wonderful addition to our festival lineup. Whether you are a foodie or a film fanatic, Chefs & Shorts is a great way to enjoy both on the shores of Long Beach,” said Craig Weintraub, co-founder of LBIFF. 

Below is the menu lineup and the film that inspired each dish: 

Film: From Milpa to Mesa 
Directors: Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine 
Chef: John Maffei, Allegria Hotel 
Dish: Blue corn tostada, chipotle glazed octopus, sea urchin guacamole, charred green tomato salsa. 

Film: Bari 
Director: Gab Taraboulsy 
Chef: Ryan Keogh, Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas 
Dish: Orrecchiette Bolognese, braised brisket, oxtail, short rib, bone marrow. 

Film: From the Wild 
Director: Kevin Kossowan 
Chef: Michael Howell, Devour! The Food Film Fest 
Dish: Smoked duck breast, cranberry relish, ramp pesto, Nova Scotia sea beans, pickled chanterelles. 

Film: Bacon & Greens 
Directors: Daniel Klein & Mirra Fine 
Chef: Aidan O’Neal & Jake Leiber, Chez Ma Tante 
Dish: White sausage, braised cabbage, potatoes, bacon. 

Film: Fruit 
Director: Ivan Mirko Senjanovic 
Chef: Janson Chan & International Culinary Center’s Professional Pastry Arts Students 
Dish: Modern fruit salad, milk chocolate, yogurt mousse cake. 

The event boasts an impressive line-up of chefs including: 

John Maffei is the executive chef at the Allegria Hotel. He has previously served as the executive sous chef at the Mondrian Soho and the Andaz, creating daily specials and seasonal items. An Italian chef with a passion for Italian foods, Maffei coordinates the menus for all Allegria Hotel events. 

Ryan Keough is currently the Executive Chef at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas in Westbury, NY. He has worked at such notable restaurants such as Lumiere, Stone house 1854, XO Café, Mill’s Tavern, Coco Pazzo, and Sorbo Restaurant Group, where he served as Executive Chef, helping to develop menus and new concepts. The experiences of his youth – tending to local vegetable gardens, fishing with his family, and even cooking together for Sunday night dinners – left an indelible imprint on the sensibility of his cuisine. This led to an appreciation for local, seasonal and sustainably sourced ingredients and the development of his ideology; that these ingredients are intrinsically better and form the most significant part of what makes good food great. Keough takes an inviting and enjoyable approach to classically inspired Italian dishes, which can be seen in his Chefs & Shorts dish. 

Michael Howell, founder of Devour! The Food Film Fest, is a Canadian chef who resides in Nova Scotia. Over his 25 year career, he has cooked in Chicago, New York, Boston, Detroit, Toronto, and The Bahamas. From 2002 to 2012, Michael owned and operated Tempest Restaurant in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, one of the most well-respected restaurants in Canada. In 2011, Michael was named the Province  of Nova Scotia’s Local Food Hero and in 2012 was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to the food movement and community in Canada. Chef Howell is also the Executive Chef at the Green Turtle Club in Abaco Bahamas. 

Aidan O’Neal & Jake Leiber from Chez Ma Tante in Brooklyn, NY, were introduced by their respective mentors Hugue Dufour of M. Wells and Johnathan Waxman of Barbuto. The pair found common ground in the simple and delicious, delivering an experience focused on the enjoyment of food, drink and good company. At Chefs & Shorts, Canadian-born Aidan O’Neal and native New Yorker Jake Leiber will be creating a dish inspired by the film Bacon & Greens. 

Jansen Chan, Director of Pastry Operations at International Culinary Center, began baking at a very young age and his love for the art has never wavered. A Northern California native, his keen visual sense led him to an architecture degree at the University of California, Berkeley. After working briefly in that field, his true passion called to him and he moved to Paris to study pâtisserie. Returning from Paris, Chef Jansen continued his training in San Francisco’s finest restaurants including Kuleto’s, John Frank, and the Fifth Floor. He later accepted an invitation to work for Chef Alain Ducasse at the 3-Michelin star Alain Ducasse restaurant in New York City, as well as Mix in New York City and Las Vegas. His next stop was as executive pastry chef at New York City’s Michelin-starred Oceana. His desserts have been featured in Food & Wine, Art Culinaire and Baking and Pastry: North America. Chef Jansen’s creations reflect his training as both chef and architect. He strives to apply classic techniques from both disciplines to fresh, seasonal ingredients to create exciting flavor profiles. He will be joined by International Culinary Center’s Professional Pastry Arts Students to create the Chefs & Shorts dessert course, inspired by the film Fruit. 

The seventh annual Long Beach International Film Festival includes red carpet premieres, filmmaker receptions, compelling panel discussions, celebrity appearances, sophisticated culinary events, beach concerts, a casino night and more—there will be something for everyone to enjoy!

 MEDIA CONTACTS: 

Alana Kiss / 212-938-0835 / alana@nicholaslence.com 

Skye Ostreicher / 212-205-6635 / skye@nicholaslence.com 

About Long Beach International Film Festival 

The LBIFF premiered in 2012 with just 50 submissions and showcased 12 films with free screenings on the beach. Ever since its inception, the Long Beach International Film Festival has set up an entertainment hub on the shore of Long Beach, reimagining a summer night filled with entertainment. In Manhattan’s backyard, LBIFF hosts many film fanatics and culture junkies from around the world to experience film and much more on the oceanfront. The four days consists of foodie events, film screenings and panels and a unique opportunity to watch films under the stars. For more information visit www.longbeachfilm.com. 

About Devour! The Food Film Fest 

Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary gastronomic activities, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest film festival focused on food and drink. The annual six day ong festival held each October in Wolfville Nova Scotia Canada hosts 100+ events, high profile chefs and celebrated filmmakers from around the world. In addition, Devour! partners on or presents more than 14