Grown in Detroit documentary will be shown at the Flicks & Fare Food Film Festival during Eat Your City culinary week in Windsor, Ontario.

WindsorEats and the Windsor International Film Festival are teaming up to bring a food film festival to Windsor-Essex for the first time.

Flicks & Fare Food Film Festival (or f5 as we like to call it) will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at the Capitol Theatre & Arts Centre as part of the Eat Your City Culinary Week.

We will be screening 3 fantastic and award winning films:

2:00 p.m. Free screening of Ratatouille for families. Bring the kids!

In the hilarious animated-adventure, RATATOUILLE, a rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great chef despite his family’s wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession.  When fate places Remy in the city of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau.  Despite the apparent dangers of being an unwanted visitor in the kitchen at one of Paris’ most exclusive restaurants, Remy forms an unlikely partnership with Linguini, the garbage boy, who inadvertently discovers Remy’s amazing talents. They strike a deal, ultimately setting into motion a hilarious and exciting chain of extraordinary events that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down.

5:00 p.m. Grown in Detroit
Grown in Detroit focuses on the urban gardening efforts managed by a public school of 300, mainly African-American, pregnant and parenting teenagers. In Detroit alone, there are annually more than 3,000 pregnant teenagers who drop out of high school. This school is one of three located in the United States. As part of the curriculum, the girls are taught agricultural skills on the school’s own farm located behind the school building what used to be the playground. The young mothers, often still children themselves, are learning by farming to become more independent women and knowledgeable about the importance of nutritional foods. Many of them start out disliking the often physically hard work on the farm but this aversion disappears as they see their crops growing and being sold for profit. ‘Back to the roots’, a simple yet effective solution for a city that has to start all over again and perhaps a lesson to be learned for the rest of the world.”

7:00 p.m. Kings of Pastry
“Imagine a scene never before witnessed: Sixteen French pastry chefs gathered in Lyon for three intense days of mixing, piping and sculpting everything from delicate chocolates to six-foot sugar sculptures in hopes of being declared by President Nicolas Sarkozy one of the best. This is the prestigious Meilleurs Ouvriers de France competition (Best Craftsmen in France). The blue, white and red striped collar worn on the jackets of the winners is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession. The finalists, France’s culinary elite, risk their reputations as well as sacrifice family and finances in pursuit of this lifelong distinction of excellence. Similar to the Olympics, the three-day contest takes place every four years and it requires that the chefs not only have extraordinary skill and nerves of steel, but also a lot of luck.”

Tickets for Grown in Detroit and Kings of Pastry are $10 each for each film or you can get a ticket for both films for $15. Demonstrations between screenings include:

  • 4:00 pm Sushi making demonstration with The RyeGate
  • 4:30 pm Urban Farming Demonstration
  • 6:00 pm Discussion Panel following Grown in Detroit
  • Sweet treats provided by Chanoso’s Restaurant immediately after the Kings of Pastry screening

To view trailers of each film: