Kate Oliver

Culinary Cinema #2 - San Diego Film Festival

Kate Oliver
The Second Film I got to feast my eyes on  during the culinary cinema at the San Diego Film Festival.
Cooking up a Tribute
This film was more interesting to me, as it made me think of my African American and Pacific Islander heritage and dishes.

This is the story of the Roca brothers who co-owns El Celler de Can Roca in Spain.  The brothers decided to shut down their restaurant for five weeks to tour different cities to learn cultures and create dishes to contribute in each of the cities that was visited.
The journey consisted of Josep Roca visiting the following cities:
Mexico City
Lima, Peru
Bogota, Columbia

It was interesting to watch Josep travel to taste food and get an idea on drink pairings. He also sat with different people.  Chefs, farmers, and students to get their take on their country's food and traditions.

The first stop on their tour was in Houston, Texas (the video below is translated to English).

Here is a clip from the film (courtesy of YouTube):
Four countries, 6 cities, 50,000 plates, more than 2,700 guests, 56 new elaborations, 200 ingredients, 29 wines in each menu. The documentary, produced by BBVA, contains the first gastronomic tour of the world. 'Cooking up a tribute' to the Roca brothers will premiere at the 65th Berlin Film Festival.
(Published by BBVA on the YouTube. This was translated from Spanish to English via Google Translate)

This was amazing.  Watching entrees coming to life.

I don't know how to explain this film.  I was literally moved.  Especially, the section on where they visited Colombia.  Now, my other half's mother is from Colombia, I am not sure on the exact whereabouts, but she used to make him native food when he was growing up.  I, of course, love food from many countries: Thailand, Singapore, Lebanese, Peru, Guam, Hawaii; my list can go on. When you visit countries, you always want to eat locally. How else can you experience a country?

This film renewed my desire to cook more food with color and flavor.  I took with me ideas on making Colombian dishes for my husband. Ideas on dishes to make at home. Ideas on learning about new heritages.
A common word throughout the movie: "My mother...My grandmother cooked for us." "My mother's recipe." HERITAGE
One statement that stuck with me: "Colombian cuisine is trying to be rescued. The cuisine has been infringed upon with American and European influence." That was from one of the chefs in Columbia.  It seems that there is a pattern if external influences that dilute cuisine in the different countries.  It's not a bad thing.  However, if we think about our younger generations, what do we have to pass on to them?
My mother taught my brother and I how to make the basic of Filipino entrees: Fried rice, lumpia, chicken adobo, pansit (with egg and rice noodles). These are the dishes I plan to share with my son (when I get him over here). From the dishes, I have made my own twists.  I make adobo, where it is traditionally just potatoes and chicken. I add sliced tomatoes and use garlic instead of onions.  
Those are just examples.

This was an amazing film and I hope that the San Diego Film Festival does something like this again next year.
oh...wait a minute.  TASTINGS!!
From Marina Kitchen: Chef Aaron Schwartz

Chef Aaron's children inspired this wonderful salad.

Chef Chad White of Comun Kitchen

Chef Chad made Ponzu ceviche(there was cocoa nips in this one!!). The fish he used was Cobia.  Delicious Delicious Delicious!!

I think with my ceviche tasting, I opted for some tequila.  Tequila.  My best friend.  Tequila from Adobe Guadalupe. Amazing! oh...and you can purchase the wine and tequila from The Flower Hill Promenade at the Wine Connection. I need to make a trip to our southern neighbor.  Did you know that there are about 150 wineries that you can tour? If you get a chance, go down there.  There is so much awesomeness going on in Mexico!