New Film Exploring Why Only 6% of Head Chefs Are Women to Premiere at the Jacob Burns Film Center
A feast for the eyes and the palate is coming to Westchester! The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC), a nonprofit cultural arts center and one of the most successful suburban film houses in the country, is continuing their successful Film to Table series later this month. The series, which brings new meaning to the phrase "dinner and a movie," features events throughout the year that include a food-focused film screening followed by a Q&A or panel discussion with distinctive local restaurateurs, filmmakers, and more.
The next Film to Table event kicks off with a screening of A Fine Line on April 16, 2018 at 7:00 pm. A Fine Line is a timely documentary in which filmmaker Joanna James explores why only 6% of head chefs and restaurant owners are women, punctuating the national conversation around equal pay, workplace harassment, parental leave, and career advancement. James juxtaposes recollections of her own single mother's successes and struggles as a small town chef and restaurateur against insightful interviews with world-renowned chefs, including Emmy Award-winning TV Host Lidia Bastianich, Two Michelin Star Chef April Bloomfield, First Female Iron Chef Cat Cora, the Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy and celebrated Author and Chef Maria Loi, and many more.
The post-screening panel features filmmaker Joanna James, film subject chef Valerie James, and author and Chef Maria Loi in conversation with JBFC Programmer Karen Sloe Goodman. Joanna James is a journalist, producer and editor; A Fine Line is her first feature film. The film's subject, Valerie James, is chef and owner at Val's Restaurant in Holden, Massachusetts.
special tasting reception, Celebrating Women Chefs and Greek Cuisine, will follow the Q&A with a tasting menu that samples Chef Maria Loi's signature healthful Greek recipes; Chef Loi will also be on hand for a book sale and signing. tasting reception is almost SOLD OUT! Remaining tickets are available here.Tickets for the screening and Q&A portion are $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers; for access to the screening and subsequent tasting reception custom-crafted by Chef Loi, tickets are $45 for members and $50 for nonmembers.
Chef Maria Loi opened her acclaimed restaurant Loi Estiatorio in New York City two years ago, offering classic Greek dishes as well as Maria's own specialties based on her culinary philosophy. With Loi, modern knowledge and ancient lore are carefully blended to create a new brand of "soul" food-dining that is as good for your soul as it is for your body-one which includes a healthy, tasty Mediterranean diet of olive oil, yogurt, wine, herbs and spices, beans, nuts, seafood and other proteins, fruits, and vegetables which all come together to exemplify the vibrant flavors of Greek cuisine.
Appointed the official Ambassador of Greek Gastronomy-twice-by the Chef's Club of Greece, Chef Loi had her own TV show on PBS, Cooking with Loi, and has published 35 books on cooking, including her latest, The Greek Diet. She has her own Greek food line at Whole Foods Market, and keeps a namesake restaurant back home in Nafpaktos, Greece.