newportFILM to Host Double Feature Aimed at Children and Adults
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Both films are from the past year, and both have been met with critical acclaim and excitement. The first is entitle Ernest et Celestine, to be shown earlier in the day. The film, recommended for ages four and up, has nabbed an Oscar nomination this year and has been re-voiced from the original French by esteemed American actors including Forrest Whitaker.
Terri Conners, Executive Director of newportFILM, said of Ernest and Celestine, "It's a very classic tale of unlikely friendship. It's timeless in its telling." Based on a series of beloved books, Conners compared Ernest and Celestine to A.A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series--an enduring, affective work with appeal for adults and kids. Following Ernest et Celestine, there will be a post-screening party from 2:00pm to 6:00pm at Orange Leaf which will include raffles, giveaways and more. All proceeds from the event will go towards newportFILM.
Conners characterized Maidentrip, like Ernest and Celestine, as an engaging film that tackles issues on both parents' and kids' minds. "How early is too early," Conners asked, "to trust your kids to be independent?" she asked.
newportFILM's mission is to create community engagement around films, especially documentaries (like Maidentrip), bringing filmmakers together with audiences and creating other programs to foster discussion and reflection. For more information about the organization or the events, the showtimes, or to purchase tickets, visit their website, http://www.newportFILM.com.
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Upscale Chefs go "Downscale"
It's an incredible expense of time and money to be among the best chefs around. All of those high-end ingredients cost an arm and leg and the pressure to stay on top is enormous. Most cooks began learning at the feet of their older relatives--moms and dads; grandmas and grandpas. It's this food that calls them back. We see local Chef Jake Rojas rejoice in dropping the tweezers and cooking those SoCal family recipes he grew up eating. Local faves Thames Street Kitchen embarked on a burger concept this year and Providence icon Chez Pascal has its "Wurst Window" serving homemade sausage and comfort food. They're upscale food is wonderful, but this might be their best!
More Gluten Free Options
As we continue to pay the "processed food" price, our nation's food allergies continue to soar. Restaurants have been on the forefront of the movement towards options that take these allergies into account. The gluten allergy has taken the fore as bread and pasta and coated French fries became the first food victims of this allergy. Local establishments such as the Grange have taken gluten free to new heights with terrific vegetarian offerings. On the Hill, Pane e Vino has got an almost 40-item menu of gluten free options. It features everything an Italian meal could need without the worry.
Vietnamese as the "Go-To" Asian Cuisine
Every year it seems as though America "discovers" a new Asian country's food and gets hooked. This year it's the foods of Vietnam. Vietnamese food and ingredients have been a part of local Asian food for years now, but this time it stands on its own. Vietnam's food is highlighted by fresh, simple ingredients treated respectfully and flavorfully. Broths and noodles; lightly cooked meats and fresh vegetables all combine in a balanced meal. Locally we love Pho Horn in Pawtucket and Minh Hai in Cranston. Both are very good local versions of this wonderful cuisine.
Look...here's the problem with us Americans: we only eat the mild stuff. The muscle meat. It's chicken breast and tenderloin and striped bass filets. The problem with this style of eating is what it does to our ecosystem. Local fishermen used to be able to catch a bounty of swordfish BETWEEN the mainland and Block Island, now it's a day's trip to find them. Local chefs and fishermen are working diligently to bring back the mackerel and the sardine and the scup. Fish we have long since forgotten, but helped our forefathers thrive. Check out any of our top-notch "farm to table" spots--Persimmon in Bristol or Farmstead in Providence for example--to try a forgotten yet delicious fish.
As with most things food and beverage, the last 10 years have seen a move towards "smaller is better". Big box stores are gone and chain restaurants are suffering locally. It was only a matter of time until these ideas began making their way into our cocktails and boy are we psyched to see what the future holds. Locally we have Sons of Liberty in South Kingstown, producing small-batch whiskey, single malts and, even vodka. Our state features Coastal Extreme Brewery which makes Thomas Tew rum along with their Newport Storm beer. We've only gotten back into the distilling business here in Rhode Island in 2006 but we think tasty things are coming soon!
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