Reel Tasty: Boiling Point (2021). Esquire magazine’s food critic calls it “one of the most brutal—and best—restaurant films of the last 20 years…From the perspective of someone who eats out professionally, the highest achievement is that it forces you—me, us—to consider whether fine dining is worth the trouble and suffering at all.”
Available on Hoopla, Roku, Apple TV, Amazon, Vudu
Hosted by Gail Forman
Monday, May 2, 7-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84228085404
Reel Tasty: “Tazzeka,” available on Amazon and Kanopy.
Growing up in the Moroccan village of Tazzeka, Elias learned the secrets of traditional Moroccan cuisine from his grandmother who raised him. Years later, meeting a top Paris chef and a young woman named Salma inspires him to leave home. In Paris, Elias faces unstable work and financial hardship as an undocumented immigrant. But he also finds friendship with Souleymane, who helps revive his passion for cooking. (Description from Just Watch and other listings.)
Discussion moderated by Angela Chester-Johnson.
Monday, December 6, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88138102993
Dames Who Read: “A History of the World in 6 Glasses,” by Tom Standage.
Beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and Coca-Cola: In this innovative account of world history, these six beverages turn out to be much more than just ways to quench thirst. Representing six eras that span the course of civilization—from the adoption of agriculture, to the birth of cities, to the advent of globalization--each drink is in fact a kind of technology, advancing culture and catalyzing the interplay of different societies, Standage argues. After reading this enlightening book, you may never look at your favorite drink the same way again.
Discussion moderated by Sheryl Hoehner.
Monday, December 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89717049941
DC Dames - Join us to discuss “Sweet Bean,” a film about the manager of a pancake stall who finds himself confronted with an odd but sympathetic elderly woman looking for work. A taste of her homemade red bean paste convinces him to hire her, which starts a relationship that is about much more than just street food. Discussion moderated by Gail Forman.
Monday, October 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81639649735