Chicago’s Food Film festival returns to marry food and film in a lovely marriage. At Chicago’s Food Film Festival “what you see is what you eat”. The festival includes 5 ticketed events where audiences of around 250 people are served the food they see onscreen. George Motz, James Beard Award nominated filmmaker says “we like to to call ourselves the multi-sensory experience. If we can’t recreate that moment, we really can’t show the film…” . The Chicago Food Film festival begins November 19th through the 22nd in Kendal College, 900 N. North Branch. Tickets range from $45 to $95 for regular admission ($325 for a VIP pass). Tickets can be purchased online at thefoodfilmfestival.com
In 1968, Chinese-American physician Robert Ho Man Kwok penned what he thought was a lighthearted letter to The New England Journal of Medicine. He wrote of experiencing numbness, palpitations, and weakness after eating in Chinese restaurants in the US, and wondered whether the monosodium glutamate used by the cooks here might be behind his strange illness. The consequences of Kwok’s letter were far-reaching and devastating. MSG, then a common food enhancer, was immediately tagged as a toxin in the public eye, a move supported by flawed “research”, and was removed from nearly every commercially-available food found on store shelves.