Saturday, July 28, 2007

Movies for Foodies

In response to the fact that this seems to be the summer of restaurant-related movies (Ratatouille, Waitress and No Reservations), Premiere Magazine has released a list entitles "The Top 20 Most Mouthwatering Movie Moments." I'll leave it to you to go and peruse the descriptions, but here's the movie list:

  1. Babette's Feast
  2. Big Night
  3. A Christmas Story
  4. Eat Drink Man Woman
  5. Fatso
  6. Fried Green Tomatoes
  7. Harold and Kumar Go To White Castle
  8. In Her Shoes (brought the term 'foodie' to the movies)
  9. Like Water for Chocolate
  10. Marie Antoinette
  11. Mostly Martha (the German film that inspired No Reservations)
  12. My Best Friend's Wedding
  13. Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's
  14. Soul Food
  15. Spanglish (featuring the Thomas Keller BLT, pictured above)
  16. Tampompo
  17. Tom Jones
  18. Vatel
  19. Volver
  20. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the original)
A couple of my favorites that aren't on this list: Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun (although I preferred the books for both of these). I also think of Sideways and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover as being foodie movies, but the the former counts only if you're into wine and counting the latter could be seen as a tad morbid.

What are your favorite movies about food? I've added all the movies from this list that I haven't seen to my Netflix queue, but I'm sure there are others out there. List your recommendations here, and/or add me as a friend on Netflix.

Thanks to The Stew for the original link to this story.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Maybe All We Need is a Little More Wine

My friend Ben sent me the link to this Washington Post article: "A Gate-Crasher's Change of Heart."

"A grand feast of marinated steaks and jumbo shrimp was winding down, and a group of friends was sitting on the back patio of a Capitol Hill home, sipping red wine. Suddenly, a hooded man slid in through an open gate and put the barrel of a handgun to the head of a 14-year-old guest. 'Give me your money, or I'll start shooting,' he demanded."

But the robber was distracted by another guest's suggestion (panic-induced, I'm assuming) that he join them for some Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry. After a declaration of "Damn, that's good wine," the robber proceded to tuck his gun away, tuck into the Camberbert, and eventually ask for a group hug. Kevin Underhill of Lowering the Bar has contacted Chateau Malescot to suggest that "Damn, that's good wine" be their new slogan.

You can find a detailed overview of Chateau Malescot St-Exupéry at