From January 28 to February 5, we’ll have dinner and a movie on repeat (and you should, too).
Whatever you do, don’t call Evan Funke, the chef and partner of Felix Trattoria in Venice, California, and the subject of the documentary Funke, a pasta master. “I would never call myself that,” he says. Despite devoting years and years to the art of making pasta, Funke still very much considers himself a student of the craft. The film, which will stream on Sunday, January 31, as part of the Flatirons Food Film Festival, captures Funke’s relentless journey to pasta perfection, including its many shapes, stories, and histories. And then there’s the exploration of Funke’s topsy-turvy career and the long-awaited opening of Felix Trattoria. All of this will leave you breathless (and if you’re like me, headed to the bookstore to buy American Sfoglino, Funke’s 2019 pasta-making cookbook). Lose yourself in the documentary and then join the conversation and Q&A with Funke and me immediately following the film.
Funke is just one of the many films featured during the eighth annual fest, which runs January 28 to February 5. The heavy-hitting lineup is packed with food-related tales that are inextricably interwoven with timely topics (from engineered meat to the reclaiming of Native American food systems), gorgeous cinematography, riveting stories, and virtual discussions that will leave you, well, craving more. Just check out the festival’s trailer for a taste.
For the true dinner-and-a-movie experience, ticket holders can purchase paired meal kits to enjoy alongside their film of choice. Details and dishes are included in each of the movie’s descriptions. (For example, nosh on pasta from Blackbelly and Sfoglina while watching Funke.) Ordering these meals does more than deepen the experience; it underscores the importance of supporting the local restaurant industry. It’s well known that Colorado’s restaurants are struggling right alongside the rest of the nation’s. And, on February 1, a curated group of operators and experts will discuss the pandemic and its local repercussions.
For the entire festival lineup and ticket information, click here.
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