AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd St. between Seventh & Eighth Aves.
October 22-25, $49-$125
Food and film go together like, well, dinner and a movie. The annual Food Film Fest takes it to the next level, showing films about food, accompanied by special talks and tastings. The 2015 event features more than two dozen short works, including several New York City, U.S., and world premieres. Among the tasty morsels are Nina Ha’s rap music parody Baby Got Kale, Barbara Zonzin’s Choco Thriller, Barbara Tranter’s Happy Goats Happy Cheese, Derek Klingenberg’s Serenading the Cattle with My Trombone, and Natasha Subramaniam and Alisa Lapidus’s animated fridge fight, Zergut. The festival takes place at the AMC Empire in Times Square, beginning October 22 ($89 / VIP $114) with “Tender: Stories of Love and Meat, which pairs four films with Texas BBQ from Kreuz Market, Kent Black of Black’s Barbecue, and Scott Morales of Taylor Café, pork tacos by Tortilleria Nixtamal, sliders from Schnipper’s, and potent potables from Iron Station, Black Rooster, and NY Distilling Co. October 23 ($99 / VIP $124) is the ever-popular “Food Porn Party,” with nine films, an appearance by Larry Caldwell, a VIP party by Public, ramen by Yosuke Sumida with Keizo Shimamoto, a vegetarian treat from Dirt Candy’s Amanda Cohen, and sweets from Archichef and Top Pot Donuts. On October 24 at noon (kids $23, adults $32, family packages $100-$125), “Eat Your Movies!” is a family event with six children’s films, food by Night Kitchen inspired by the films, treats from Fishing Creak Creamery and Robicelli’s, and kid-friendly food activities. On Saturday night ($99 / VIP $129), “Edible Adventure #13: Hungry for Love” consists of five films, a VIP party by David Burke Kitchen, food from Uncle Boons, Manna’s, chef Karl Palma, and Liddabit Sweets, and a matcha tea tasting. The culinary festivities conclude on October 25 at noon ($49) with “Restaurant Revival: Jodie’s Diner (1985-2014),” a screening of James Boo’s Nothing with Something: The Death of a Diner, with brunch prepared by Jodie Royston of Jodie’s Restaurant, the Albany, California, favorite that closed last year but is looking for a new home. Part of the proceeds from the festival benefit the Billion Oyster Project.