Local Restaurants Playing Documentaries on Their TVs

sunriseTime was, the only things a drinker could hope to learn while perched on a barstool were the details of a fellow patron’s latest heartbreak and the bartender’s preferred method of mixing martinis. But educational opportunities have lately picked up at a handful of Charleston establishments where the TVs are tuned to documentaries.

At Kanpai, chef Sean Park likes to play Jiro Dreams of Sushi, the acclaimed film about an exacting 85-year old sushi master. But other venues are using their Netflix accounts – which save them the trouble of purchasing cable or satellite service — to stray further from their menu themes. Continue reading

Slow Food Film Festival Returns

One of the “joys involved in tending the land” covered by Grow!, the first film on this year’s Slow Food Charleston Fall Film Series schedule, probably isn’t judging locavore picnics. But a few lucky area farmers will have the chance to choose the best “slowest picnic” in a contest preceding the Oct. 10 screening.

If you’d like your dinner assessed, bring enough food to share. Non-competitive eaters are also being urged to bring personal picnics to the 6:30 p.m. event at Dirthugger Farms.

Now in its third year, Slow Food’s film series strives to share stories about food and the people who produce it. In addition to Grow!, which focuses on young Georgia farmers, the lineup includes Eating Alabama, the tale of a young couple who encounter difficulties trying to eat the way their grandparents did; The Garden, a documentary about a Los Angeles urban farm and A Sea Change, an exploration of ocean acidification. Continue reading