Long Beach International Film Festival Partners with Devour! to Debut “Chefs & Shorts,” A Unique Dinner Experience Combining Cinema with Culinary Creations

Guests to enjoy six courses from six renowned chefs while viewing six short films that each dish was inspired by

Long Beach, NY (July 26, 2017) –A feast for the eyes and the palate is coming to Long Beach!  On Wednesday, August 2nd, the Long Beach International Film Festival is partnering with Devour! to debut a unique dinner experience pairing gastronomy and short films at the chic beach-front Allegria Hotel.  At the new event “Chefs & Shorts,” guests will enjoy a six-course, locally-sourced dinner and wine pairings, each inspired by one of the short films shown. Tickets are on sale for $199, which also includes free entry to attend the film festival’s popular event, Taste on the Beach (a $125 value).

“We are thrilled to bring our food film festival to Long Beach this year,” said Michael Howell, the executive director of Devour!.  “It’s a beautiful atmosphere to host one of our satellite events, and the inspired-by-film dinner isn’t something you can find at other film festivals. Our unique approach to pairing food and films makes this event stand out from others.”

“Devour is a delicious addition to our festival lineup this year. Whether you are a foodie or a film fanatic, Chefs & Shorts will be a great night to enjoy both on the shores of Long Beach,” said Craig Weintraub, co-founder of LBIFF.

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

Local Oyster, Sea Urchin-Sweet Corn Panna Cotta, Sea Bean Cucumber Salad, Szechwan Green Mango Mignonette.
Chef Jonathan Contes, eatMOSAIC
Film: The Oyster Men, directed by Peter Crosby
2016 Villa Maria Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough New Zealand

Cracked Pepper Fettuccini, Summer Farm Tomatoes, Fresh Mint & Garlic Scape Pesto, Toasted Parmigiano-Regiano.
Chef Nicole Roarke, The Restaurant Hunter
Film: Pasta Fatta A Mano, directed by Nathan Sage
2016 Whispering Angel Rose, Provence, France

Fricassé Of Nova Scotia Lobster, Sun Gold Tomatoes, Wild Mushrooms, Nettle Gnocchetti, Pickled Ramps, Hana Tsunomata Seaweed, Surf Clams.
Chef Michael Howell, Devour! The Food Film Fest
Film: Cooking Up A Storm, directed by Tim Wilson
2016 Tidal Bay, Planter’s Ridge, Nova Scotia

Calabrian Chili & Balsamic-Glazed Pork Loin, Summer Succotash.
Chef John Maffei, Allegria Hotel
Film: Why This Road: Dan Portelance, directed by Ben Proudfoot
2014 Caymus Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, California

Buffalo’s Milk Panna Cotta, Candied Blood Orange,Pistachio-Pignoli Brittle.
Chef Alexis Trolf, Lost And Found
Film: Loss Of Taste, directed by Luca Nestola
2016 Ruffino Moscato D’Asti, Italy

A Selection Of Cheeses From Nova Scotia & New York
Chef Michael Howell & Chef John Maffei
Film: Cheese directed Hanna Cheesman
2011 Castello Banfi, Brunello Di Montalcino, Italy

This event boasts an impressive line-up of chefs participating in the event including:

Michael Howell, founder of the Devour Food Film festival, is a Canadian chef who resides in Nova Scotia.  Over his 20+ 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.  At Chef & Shorts, Michael and chef John Maffei team up to present a selection of cheeses from Novia Scotia & New York which will be fittingly paired with a short film called Cheese. He will also be cooking up a Fricassé of Nova Scotia Lobster, sun gold tomatoes, wild mushrooms, nettle gnocchetti, pickled ramps, hana tsunomata seaweed, surf clams which will be shown with the Chinese comedy, Cook Up a Storm.

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.  John will also be serving up a spicy dish of Calabrian chili & balsamic-glazed pork loin, complemented by summer succotash.  His dish was inspired by a film called Why This Road: Dan Portelance, a moving film about a chef, whose restaurant fails, leaving him penniless and trying to find purpose in life.

Jonathan Contes is the co-owner and head chef of the restaurant eatMOSAIC in St. James, Long Island.  There, the menu of the restaurant changes every day, making the gastronomy a spontaneous experience for both the chefs and those eating at Mosaic.  He appeared on the Food Network show Chopped in 2011. Jonathan’s dish incorporates local oysters, sea urchin-sweet corn panna cotta, sea bean cucumber salad, Szechwan green mango mignonette. His dish goes hand-in-hand with a film called The Oyster Men, which is about a group of Baymen committed to the rare practice of hand picking wild oysters in the Long Island Sound.

Alexis Trolf is the chef and co-owner of the restaurant Lost and Found in Long Beach, Long Island. Before this, he was the head chef of Laguna Beach, an Italian restaurant in Long Beach that was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.  Trolf was resilient, and worked hard, saving money to buy his current space.  In the rustic and cozy restaurant, he cooks intuitively and likes to experiment with different styles.  Lost and Found is very popular, and reservations usually need to be made three weeks out.   Inspired by the Italian film, Loss of Taste, Alexis will be serving up a sweet dish of Buffalo’s milk panna cotta, candied blood orange, and pistachio-pignoli brittle that will bring life back to your taste buds!

Nicole Roarke attended the French Culinary Institute and used to be the head chef at J. A. Heneghan’s in Point Lookout, New York.  She is currently a correspondent on the show “Restaurant Hunter.”  Nicole also appeared on the Food Network series “American Diner Revival.” In February, 2016 Chef Nicole appeared on Beat Bobby Flay: Season 7, Episode 5 — “A Feather in Your Cap.” Nicole will be making a pasta dish with cracked pepper fettuccini, summer farm tomatoes, fresh mint & garlic scape pesto, and toasted Parmigiano-Regiano. Her dish was influenced by the film Pasta Fatto a Mano (handmade pasta), which focuses on the work of Chef Evan Funke who is known for his dedicated to pasta. His new restaurant, Felix, contains a standalone temperature-controlled pasta laboratory that acts as a focal point for the entire primary dining room.

The annual event 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!

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, a casino night, and a unique opportunity to watch films under the stars.  For more information visit www.longbeachfilm.com.

About Devour!:

Combining cinematic talent with extraordinary culinary and wine creations, Devour! The Food Film Fest is the world’s largest festival focused on food and film. Aiming to educate and entertain through the lens of food on film, Devour! The Food Film Fest is an annual event that showcases some of the most engaging documentaries, dramas and short films that celebrate food on film. With a great mix of Canadian content as well as international hits, Devour! brings awareness to the audiences on the impact of food, food culture and the current food systems in our lives. Through various interactive industry sessions, festival-goers can gain hands-on experience – from inspiring panels with high profile participants to cooking demos.  For more information visit https://devourfest.com/.