The third annual Foodie Film Festival, presented by the Somers Point Arts Commission, will take place Friday and Saturday, Oct. 6 and 7, inside the Park Room at Greate Bay Country Club, 901 Mays Landing Road, Somers Point. Chocolate will be the talk of the evening, with both nights featuring a different chocolate-related film along with a tasty menu. Read on for everything you need to know before attending.
1. Movie Screenings
Friday kicks off the festivities with a showing of “Chocolat” (PG-13), beginning with a presentation by The Press of A.C.’s Director of Entertainment Publications Scott Cronick. “Chocolat,” released in 2000 and nominated for five academy awards, stars Juliette Binoche, who plays a young mother opening a chocolate shop in a very traditional French village — just in time for Lent, when most of the villagers have given up the tasty temptation for the holiday. Cronick will lead a brief discussion following the film. Then Saturday, “Like Water for Chocolate” (R) will be shown. This dramatic foreign language film, based on the 1989 novel by Laura Esquivel, is a tale of forbidden love mixed with some fantasy elements, including magical cooking that casts a spell upon those who consume the food. Both films will start promptly at 7 p.m.
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2. Food and drink
This is where the event goes from a regular movie showing to a food-lover’s dream. Before the film, come early for a light dinner at 5 p.m. (not included in the ticket price). Everything on the menu will be topped with the event’s delicious dark treat, starting with Nantucket blue point oysters with shaved chocolate. The next course includes butternut squash ravioli, made with sage cream, pine nuts, country ham and topped off with a dark chocolate drizzle, or sliced beef tenderloin with port and chocolate reduction, sweet potato soufflé and a fresh vegetable. Dessert is a chocolate tasting (need we say more?), with a chocolate espresso martini. The bar will be open for drinks, as well. Even if you don’t come for the dinner seating, included in your ticket purchase is the option for either the chocolate tasting or the cocktail, so you’ll still get a treat either way.
3. Giving back
Each ticket will support the Somers Point Art Commission’s 2018 programs, which promote the arts in the area. The commission, formed in 2013, hosts events throughout the year, such as the annual Art in the Park show and spoken word and poetry events. Attendees can make additional donations to the organization at the door.
4. Tickets and reservations
Admission is $15. Tickets will also be available at the door if room permits. Call for reservations at 609-653-4991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Jacklyn McQuarrie