Miami International Film Festival Brings Food to the Forefront with Culinary Cinema Series

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The 32nd annual Miami International Film Festival is right around the corner. From March 6 to March 15, moviegoers will enjoy a wealth of great films playing throughout the city.

For the third straight year, MIFF is hosting its popular Culinary Cinema series, which fuses fine cuisine at local restaurants with food-related films. Hungry attendees can watch a movie and enjoy a three-course, wine-pairing meal inspired by the film — all for one low price. There are five different tasty dinner/movie combinations, and we have all the details you need right here.

City of Gold – Lunch at Juvia

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The culinary series begins March 7 at Juvia, the Lincoln Road staple known for its incredible rooftop view of Miami. At 1 p.m., guests will be treated to a three-course lunch that includes scrumptious options such as tuna causa croquettes, Korean short ribs and mini creme caramel. Wines from Pascal Jolivet and Bodega El Esteco will round out each course.

The menu is inspired by City of Gold, which follows renowned food critic Jonathan Gold around Los Angeles. Known for writing about small hole-in-the-wall places with as much passion as he does five-star restaurants, Gold takes moviegoers on a journey around this foodie city and shines light on some fascinating food experiences. The film plays inside Regal 18 at 3:30 p.m.

MENU

FIRST COURSE
Ceviche Mix
Tuna Causa Croquette

SECOND COURSE
CHOICE OF INDIVIDUAL ENTRÉE:

Chicken Curry Vadouvan
Bincho Charcoal Grill Korean Short Ribs
Bincho Charcoal Grill Salmon

DESSERT
Mini Creme Caramel

WINE
Pascal Jolivet Pouilly Fume 2013
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose 2014
Bodega El Esteco “Finca La Maravilla” Malbec 2012

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Finding Gaston – Dinner at La Mar 

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On March 9, the series continues with a 6:50 p.m. showing of Finding Gaston in Little Havana’s Tower Theater. Attendees will discover how renowned Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio put his country’s cuisine on the map. His dreams, his inspirations… all of these things will be revealed in the 80-minute ode to him and Peruvian food.

After the movie, patrons will head over to Acurio’s restaurant La Mar. Located in the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Brickell Key, the venue is serving  a three-course Peruvian dinner featuring cebiche and other native fare alongside a trio of fine wines. The dinner starts promptly at 8:30 p.m.

MENU

FIRST COURSE
Cebiches Mixtos
Yellowtail snapper, octopus, shrimp, rocoto pepper leche de tigre

SECOND COURSE
Causa Salad
Beets, artichokes, Peruvian asparagus, piquillo peppers and avocado over a yellow potato causa

Arroz con Mariscos
Ají panca fried rice with shrimp, mussels, octopus, calamari, salsa criolla

DESSERT
Lucuma Brownie
Bittersweet Brownie cake, Lucuma Mousse and Chocolate Flan

WINE
La Scolca White Label 2013
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre 2013
Michel Torino Colección Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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East Side Sushi – Dinner at SUSHISAMBA

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In East Side Sushi, watch one woman’s struggle to become a sushi chef at a restaurant dominated by males and tradition. She lets nothing get in her way on this incredible journey of self-discovery. East Side Sushi is playing at Coral Gables Art Cinema on March 10 at 7 p.m.

The movie is followed by dinner at nearby SUSHISAMBA, where patrons can indulge in wagyu beef gyoza, soy braised short rib and more. Dinner starts at 9 p.m.

MENU

FIRST COURSE
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Kabocha purée and su-shoyu dipping sauce

Salmon Tiradito
Yuzu caviar, nashi pear, fresno pepper, ponzu

Sweet Corn Kakiage
Black truffle aioli, shichimi, lime

SECOND COURSE
Roasted Cauliflower
Campari tomato, toasted almond, huancaina sauce

Soy Braised Short Rib 
Kabocha purée, warmed pickled Japanese vegetables, Jalapeño-infused braising jus

Viva Samba Roll and Assorted Nigiri
Shrimp, avocado, asparagus, mango, salmon, fresno pepper, micro cilantro, tempura flake, spicy honey truffle sauce

THIRD COURSE
White Chocolate and Spiced Rum Blondie
Caramelized banana, pistachio praline, charred banana gelato, miso butterscotch

Mochi
Soft Japanese rice cake filled with ice cream

WINE
Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose 2014
Bodega El Esteco Don David Malbec 2013
La Scolca Rugre Vino Spumante NV

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Natural Resistance – Dinner at Quattro

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In Natural Resistance, four winemakers fight to preserve their natural methods of producing wine; the government is trying to encourage the use of pesticides and alter their wine-making ways. It’s a poignant film that highlights the obstacles that one’s passion sometimes faces. Natural Resistance is scheduled to play at Regal 18 on Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

Following the film, attendees will proceed to Quattro for an Italian feast that includes options like gnocchi, penne and tiramisu. Dinner begins at 8:45 p.m.

FIRST COURSE
Melanzane or arugula Salad

SECOND COURSE
Gnocchi with burrata sauce and cherry tomato or penne arrabiata

DESSERT
Panna cotta or tiramisu

WINE
La Scolca Black Label 2012
Marchesi di Barolo “Ruvei” Barbera d’Alba DOC 2012
Marchesi di Barolo, “Tradizione” Barolo 2010

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Rewined – Dinner at Macchialina Taverna Rustica

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In Rewined, all it takes is one drop of wine to change Giovanni Cuttin’s life forever. After trying a life-changing marzemino, the shy bank teller quits his job to become a wine writer. His journey, however, takes him on a dark path of lies and deceit — and possibly murder. Watch the story unfold inside Regal 18 on March 12 at 7 p.m.

Macchialina Taverna Rustica is serving the post-movie dinner at 9 p.m. Guests can expect bold, rustic dishes like short rib gulash paired with La Scolca and Marchesi di Barolo wines. Dinner starts at 9 p.m.

MENU

FIRST COURSE
Speck con Gnoccho Fritto
Canederli al Fegato in Brodo

SECOND COURSE
Short Rib Gulash

DESSERT
Streudel di Mele

WINE
La Scolca Black Label 2012
Marchesi di Barolo “Maraia” Barbera Monferrato DOC 2013
La Scolca Rugre Vino Spumante NV

Click here for more information on the movie.

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Miami International Film Festival runs from March 6 to March 15. For more information on their Culinary Cinema series and to buy tickets, visit the official website. All photos courtesy of Miami International Film Festival.  

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