The Sidebar: Food on Film is Back – with Great Guests!

Last year’s TCFF series The Sidebar: Food on Film was a resounding success, and we’re bringing back this tasty program for film fans and foodies to enjoy alike. Food on Film presents screenings of mouthwatering documentaries that encourage you to munch on more than the movie popcorn. Stay after the films to listen in on candid conversations between stars of the Michigan food scene, and enjoy delectable bites prepared by the chefs and inspired by the films.

With a fantastic lineup of chefs, including talent from excellent Michigan establishments like Trattoria Stella, Selden Standard, Alliance, and The Cooks’ House, the conversations are not to be missed. As a fantastic last-minute addition, the legendary subject of “Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent,” Jeremiah Tower himself, will be here in person.

This year’s Food on Film offerings are:

toweweb“Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent”Fri 3 pm City Opera House

The influence of Jeremiah Tower in the culinary world can’t be overstated. One of the earliest to gain the status of “celebrity chef,” the internationally-renowned Chef Tower opened his first restaurant in 1984, the world-famous Stars, and most recently led the kitchen at New York City’s Tavern on the Green. In this documentary, everyone’s favorite culinary commentator Anthony Bourdain examines the peaks and valleys of Chef Tower’s career and seeks to restore his reputation as a king of the cooking scene.


Chef Jeremiah Tower
Director Lydia Tenaglia

“Cooking Up a Tribute”Sat 6 pm City Opera House

If you’ve recently out-staged one of the most famous restaurants off all time to be placed on the top of the list of Restaurant magazine’s “Best Restaurant in the World,” the last thing you would think of doing would be to close up your business for five weeks and take your show on the road, worldwide. But after watching the incredible story of Spanish Eatery El Celler de Can Roca and the three Roca brothers who run it, this great documentary might make you want to reconsider.


Simon JosephwebPete Petersonweb
Myles Anton, Trattoria StellaSimon Joseph, Harvest/GaijinPete Peterson, Tapawingo/Alliance

“Noma: My Perfect Storm”Sun 6 pm City Opera House

Trust us when we say this tasty and thought-provoking film is one you won’t want to watch on an empty stomach. After winning the title of “Best Restaurant in the World” three years in a row, this follows the story of famed Copenhagen restaurant Noma’s star chef Rene Redzepi’s journey as he attempts to reclaim the throne. Filled with imagery of what can only be defined as edible art, this drool-worthy documentary is a can’t-miss.


James BloomfieldwebAndy HollydaywebEric Pattersonweb
James Bloomfield, AllianceAndy Hollyday, Selden StandardEric Patterson, The Cooks' House

For the first year, we’re also worked with Taste the Local Difference and Cherry Capital Foods to become a certified local food event! All those tasty bites you’ll enjoy following the film will be sourced locally! Learn more about this here.