The Napa Valley Film Festival, celebrating film, food and wine, has these culinary events on the schedule for Nov. 8-12.
At this year’s Culinary Theater at the Napa Valley Vintners Theater at the CIA at Copia in Napa, directors, subjects and actors are paired with local CIA and guest chefs and wine experts. The audience will try samples and wine pairings at all demos.
Wednesday, Nov. 8.
— 3–4 p.m. : Wine Spectator Senior Editor MaryAnn Worobiec, CIA Chef Sandy Sauter, and Robin Akhurst show how to prepare for a flavorful movie-watching experience.
Thursday, Nov. 9,
— 11 a.m. to noon: Cooking at Home with Lou Diamond Phillips, star of “La Bamba”; “Courage Under Fire,” and “The 33.”
—1–2 p.m.: Finding the Beauty in the Rot: Chef and star of “Fermented,” Ed Lee tastes through some fine wine, with MaryAnn Worobiec of Wine Spectator and winemaker Robin Akhurst.
— 3 – 4 p.m.: Not Your Typical Brussels Sprouts: Whole Foods chef ambassador Melissa makes Kimchi Roasted Brussels Sprouts.
Friday, Nov. 11
— 11 a.m. to noon: Breaking Down the Fine Line: Join the filmmakers and cast of A Fine Line and CIA chefs as they discuss the history of women commanding the kitchen and what it means to be a female chef.
1-3 p.m.: Knife Skills & Life Skills: The film “Knife Skills” shows what it takes to build a world-class French restaurant in Cleveland, with almost the entire staff made up of men and women just out of prison. Join the “Knife Skills” filmmakers and folks behind San Francisco restaurant Cala for a demonstration.
— 3-4 p.m.: Italy’s Iconic Reds: Sommelier and author David Lynch leads a tasting of Italy’s greatest red wines.
Saturday, Nov. 12
—11 a.m. to noon: Not Wasted: Snout to Tail with Chris Cosentino: Cosentino leads a snout to tail breakdown about cutting waste and feeding the hungry.
—1-2 p.m.: A Fish, an Olive, and a Bottle of Hangar 1 Walk into a Bar: Filmmakers from “Caviar Dreams” discuss the delicate balance between the demand and sustainability of this coveted delicacy.
—3-4 p.m.: Mastering “Blind” Tasting: Ian Cauble, a Master Sommelier and star of the film “SOMM,” leads a blind tasting of 6 classic wines.
—Sunday, Nov. 13
11 a.m. to noon: Sushi and a Blindfold: Sushi chef Jake Rand and director of “Blind Sushi” presents a new kind of blind tasting.
1- 2 p.m.: Wine Break! Have a Stella Artois My Friend: Matthew Jacob, Cicerone, teams up with CIA Chef Josh Anderson to pair Stella with food you might not expect to go so well with beer.
3-4 p.m. : Let’s Eat Some Bugs Everybody! Filmmakers of our creepy-crawliest documentary of the fest, “The Gateway Bug,” and CIA Chef Hilary Sullivan dive deep into the reality of the culinary wave that is bug eating.
Afternoon wine tastings
The CIA at Copia, Napa, and the Farmstead Wine Pavilion in St. Helena will hold tastings from 3 to 5 p.m. on different themes. NVFF’s afternoon wine experiences are open for all passholders to attend.
At the CIA:
— Thursday, Nov. 9: 90 PT+ Wines
— Friday, Nov. 10: Rosé All Day
— Saturday, Nov. 11: The Rutherford Dust Society
— Sunday, Nov. 12: MAVA (Mexican American Vintners Association)
Farmstead Wine Pavilion in St. Helena:
Thursday, Nov. 9: NextGen
Friday, Nov. 10: The Rutherford Dust Society
Saturday, Nov. 11: Artisan Pavilion
Sunday, Nov. 12: Artisan Pavilion
— 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 8, and Thursday, Nov. 9
Variety’s 10 to Taste, presented by Food Network and Cooking Channel at the CIA at Copia, Napa
Ten chefs showcase their fresh spin on dishes inspired by iconic film scenes. Invited participants include Bay Area chefs who are focused on presenting pop-up style experiences, rather than establishing themselves in brick and mortar locations. A distinguished panel of celebrity chefs, filmmakers and actors will sample the dishes (along with all attending guests), and then “dish” about personal favorites, the latest culinary trends and the role of food in film. Special guests this year include television host Jaymee Sire (Iron Chef Showdown, Beat Bobby Flay, Food Network Star, ESPN SportsCenter); and actors Austin Stowell (Battle of the Sexes) and David Arquette (Amanda and Jack Go Glamping). Dishes will be paired with Stella Artois and select wines Vintage Wine Estates. This event is limited to Patron Circle passholders, Pass Plus holders with a $25 ticket, and invited guests.
For information or to buy passes, visit NapaValleyFilmFest.org or call 707-226-7500. Join the conversation online by following NVFF on various multimedia channels including Facebook, Twitter,Tumblr, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn.