Long Beach International Film Festival & Devour! The Food Film Fest Present Chefs & Shorts

Wednesday, August 2, 2017    
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Allegria Hotel
80 W Broadway, Long Beach, NY, 11561

Join us for a special evening where we pair gastronomy, wine and short films as part of the Long Beach International Film Festival! We’ll be presenting a six-course, locally-sourced dinner with wine pairings inspired by short films and prepared by highly-esteemed local chefs.

The Evening’s Menu, Chefs & Film Program:

Film: The Oyster Men
Director: Peter Crosby, USA, 2015, 4  minutes
Chef: Jonathan Contes, eatMOSAIC
Dish: Local oyster, sea urchin-sweet corn panna cotta, sea bean cucumber salad, Szechwan green mango mignonette.

Film: Pasta Fatta a Mano
Director: Nathan Sage, USA, 2014, 2 minutes
Chef: Nicole Roarke, Restaurant Hunter
Dish: Cracked pepper fettuccini, Summer Farm tomatoes, fresh mint & garlic scape pesto, toasted Parmigiano-Regiano.

Film: Cooking Up a Storm
Director: Tim Wilson, USA, 2015, 1 minute
Chef: Michael Howell, Devour! The Food Film Fest
Dish: Fricassé of Nova Scotia Lobster, sun gold tomatoes, wild mushrooms, nettle gnocchetti, pickled ramps, hana tsunomata seaweed, surf clams.
Wine Pairing: Tidal Bay, Nova Scotia

Film: Why This Road: Dan Portelance 
Director: Ben Proudfoot, Canada, 2016, 5 minutes
Chef: John Maffei, Allegria Hotel
Dish: Calabrian chili & balsamic-glazed pork loin, summer succotash.

Film: Loss of Taste
Director: Luca Nestola, Italy, 2011, 3 minutes
Chef: Alexis Trolf, Lost and Found
Dish: Buffalo’s milk panna cotta, candied blood orange, pistachio-pignoli brittle.

Film: Cheese
Director: Hannah Cheesman, Canada, 2014, 5 minutes
Chef: Michael Howell & Chef John Maffei
Dish: A Selection of Cheeses from Nova Scotia & New York

This will be a unique and rare dinner experience inspired by film. Tickets for this event are extremely limited. Price: $199.00 (Ticket includes FREE ENTRY to TASTE ON THE BEACH on 8/4/17 – A $125 Value).

About the Participating Chefs

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.

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.

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

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.

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.”