3 Reasons Families Love the Sacramento Food Film Festival

Sacramento Food Film Festival

Photo by Erin Alderson

Looking for a fun and educational event for the whole family? Look no further than the Sacramento Food Film Festival, taking place April 7-16. The festival pairs films with the best chefs in town resulting in delicious food and fun for all!

For those of you still unconvinced, here are three reasons to bring your family to this year’s festival:

1. It’s fun!

Enjoy a kid-friendly event fit for all of the spaghetti lovers in your family. Kids and adults alike will dine on a spaghetti dinner prepared by chefs Randall Selland and Ravin Patel of Selland Family Restaurants. You and your family can join Flint Lockwood as he develops new technologies to save humankind from oversized fruits and vegetables in the film, Cloudy with a Chances of Meatballs 2. For more event information, click here.

2. It’s educational!

On Tuesday, April 12th, join the Food Literacy Center for Open Sesame, a free event where your whole family can learn about the importance of seeds! In partnership with America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital, Slow Food Sacramento, Valley Vision, UC Davis, and the Sacramento Public Library, the Center will screen Open Sesame, a thought-provoking film about the importance and impact of saving heirloom and open-pollination seeds on our health, environment, and economy. Following the documentary, local experts will discuss what we can do to save seeds locally.

3. It’s for a great cause!

You can have fun while supporting a watercress wonderful cause! Food Literacy Center’s mission is to inspire kids to eat their vegetables. They teach low-income elementary children cooking and nutrition to improve our health, environment and economy.

Funds from these events will help the Food Literacy Center teach low-income children cooking, nutrition, and healthy food habits that will last a lifetime. So come help make the 2016 Sacramento Food Film Festival a celery success!

For the full festival schedule and ticket information, visit its Sacramento365.com event page.


This blog post was written by Food Literacy Center Community Relations Officer Melissa A. Granville.

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Sacramento’s Most Stylish Get Camera Ready with Fashion On Film

Fashion on Film

The glitz and the glamour won’t just be on screen. Models will be decked to the nines in cinema inspired ensembles throughout the night. (Photo by Heath.)

Sacramento International Film Festival’s popular Fashion on Film event returns for a well-deserved encore tomorrow night at the Delta King. Debuting earlier this year at Sacramento Fashion Week, this mixer, fashion demonstration and short film exhibition puts a spotlight on Sacramento’s burgeoning fashion scene.

I was lucky enough to attend the haute party last February and it’s not one to be missed. Throughout the evening, guests will get a behind the scenes look at the movers and shakers behind this year’s Sacramento Fashion Week in seven short films. However, the glitz and glamour won’t just be on screen. In between films, models will parade in local designer gowns & ‘fits inspired by classic movies — the costume and makeup artistry is more than impressive. A posh after party and surprise celebrity cameo is promised as well (he’s intergalactic!)

The redux of Sacramento International Film Festival’s Fashion on Film happens this Friday at 7:30pm on the Delta King. For more details on this fashionable affair, visit the Sacramento365 event page.
And for more cinematic action, check out the full Sacramento Film Festival schedule of events here.

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila Khan.

Make it a [Date] Night: The Foodie Edition

I was recently asked out on a date by someone who lives out of town and he asked me to find something fun for us to do in Sacramento. Naturally I thought a chain restaurant dinner and a blockbuster movie because that’s the norm, right? But then I remembered that I can do better than that, because I work for this awesome local resource Sacramento365.com, where you can find tons of events happening locally! While the typical dinner and movie date is a safe choice, I figured I could still do both all while exploring this beautiful city and learning about my potential beau.

Happy couple_ By Flickr User Ed Yourdon

This could be you: A happy couple admires each other while out on a date. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user Ed Yourdon)

While it was fun to conjure up some cool things to do for ourselves, I thought I should share them with you too. Read along for some perfect weekend date options to consider.

Meals, Murals and Mutual Attraction

A great outing for two is the Local Roots Food Tour‘s Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tour. On select Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons through June 14th, this tour will take you and your date on an artsy Midtown adventure admiring murals and local artworks. This three and half hour tour also stops at six to seven restaurants and cafes along the way, giving you a chance to chat with chefs and nibble on delicious bites. There are only 10 people per tour group, giving you and your honey an intimate experience all while learning about Sacramento’s amazing art and food scene. After noshing, why not stop by de Veres Irish Pub for a quick drink?

For details on future Urban Art, Food & Libations Walking Tours: http://bit.ly/1gHoeYK (Note: These tours sell out quick!)

Not Another Saturday Night

On March 15, you can make it an “edgy-theatre” night with the Capital Stage Company this Saturday! Before seeing 4000 Miles, a comedy about a 21-year-old who moves in with his 91-year-old grandmother, couples can bike over to Der Biergarten for the Bikes & Beers pre-show. Attendees will receive $2 off of their admission ticket and will receive a free beer at Der Biergarten, courtesy of Lost Coast Brewery — India Pale Ale? Yes please! — which will go perfectly with the delicious Bavarian bites they offer. It’s the perfect first date idea: you’ll be active, get to know one another in a low key setting, and catch a great show all for a decent price!

For more Beers & Bikes information: http://bit.ly/1d0B8lp

Local Roots_Photo courtesy of Local Roots Food Tours' Facebook page

A man admires local artwork while on an Urban Art, Food & Libations tour. (Photo courtesy of Local Roots Food Tours’ Facebook page)

Dinner and a Movie 2.0

If you want to do something fun on a weekday, head over to Lucca Restaurant and Bar this coming Tuesday (3/25). In honor of the Sacramento Food Film Festival, you and your date can enjoy a four-course dinner influenced by the documentary Bottle Shock, a film focusing on the early days of California wine making. Afterwards you can always take a romantic stroll though the Capitol Park Rose Garden. If the mood is right, dance the night away at The Park Ultra Lounge.

For this and other Sacramento Food Film Festival activities: http://bit.ly/OxqffM

The whole point of dating is to get to know one another, so why not have fun with it? There’s no need for awkward silences or potential boredom in a movie theater with something fun to do every night in the River City. With a little imagination — and a little Sacramento365 research — you can turn any humdrum date into a memorable experience!

***This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com‘s Content Specialist, Alyssa Sanguinetti.

Très magnifique! The Sacramento French Film Festival romances all in attendance.

The Sacramento French Film Festival continues this weekend, June 28-June 30, at the Crest Theatre. Photo by Alexandra Auger.

The Sacramento French Film Festival continues this weekend, June 28-June 30, at the Crest Theatre. Photo by Alexandra Auger.

The 12th Annual Sacramento French Film Festival launched this past weekend with a fantastic opening night at the historic Crest Theatre. The night began with a delightful reception, beautifully catered by a fantastic group of restaurants including French cuisine provided by Bistro Michel, Café Rolle, and Estelle’s Patisserie, a fantastic French bakery from Downtown Sacramento. There was delicious wine provided by Barefoot Wine that included a Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In honor of Fête de la Musique, the annual music festival in France, the film festival opened with the movie, Cloclo, about one of France’s largest music stars, Claude François. Before the showing of the film began, Cécile Mouette Downs, Executive & Artistic Director and co-founder of the Sacramento French Film Festival was awarded a medal in front of the audience by San Francisco French Consulate cultural attaché, Denis Bisson. The medal marks her as a knight as awarded by the French order of Arts and Lettres, which is coincidentally something Downs shares with Florent Emilio Siri, director of Cloclo.

As we were introduced to the film, we were notified that they had a surprise for us; as the film began its opening music video scene of Claude Francois performing his disco jam, “Alexandrie Alexandra,” a group of dancers and a Claude Francois look alike took the stage to dance along with the video. Following this opening scene, they paused the film and the Claude Francois look-a-like took to the stage with a piano accompaniment to perform Claude’s hit song, “Comme d’habitude.”

Leave all cares behind and head to the Crest Theatre for the Sacramento French Film Festival. Photo by Dimitri Stanich.

Leave all cares behind and head to the Crest Theatre for the Sacramento French Film Festival. Photo by Dimitri Stanich.

The film walks through the different chapters of Claude Francois’ life and ultimately builds up to his success with the song, “Comme d’habitude” (French for “as usual”), as well as his untimely, unfortunate death. After the film, everyone converged in groups of conversation where all made a fuss over how much they loved the film.

My friend and I both agreed that we weren’t distracted from the film for a single second, which is saying something considering the fact that the film is two and half hours long. Jérémie Renier, the actor who portrayed Claude Francois, did an excellent job drawing the audience right in to the story of the famous French musician. We could not look away, we became emotionally attached, and by the end of the film, we felt we had lived through the stages of Claude’s life, right there with him.

The hit song was heard by Paul Anka while he was visiting the South of France on vacation; he was intrigued by the song and negotiated the rights to it right away. He knew he could write it, but he had someone else in mind to sing it—Frank Sinatra. Sinatra was originally uninterested, but after Anka reworked the song with the mindset, “How would Frank say this?” Frank agreed to record it. It was released in March 1969, and has since been recorded by several different artists such as Elvis and Sex Pistols’ bassist, Sid Vicious.

Cécile shared an important note about the difference between the original song in French and the way it was translated and interpreted in English—in French, the song translates as a song about losing love, it is very sad, while in English it is interpreted positively. Even my friend, who has studied French for eight years, informed me that the song is very, very sad (the French version, at least). She told me that Claude sang, “As usual, I will pretend…we’ll be together, but we will pretend.”

Watch films in the beautiful, historic Crest Theatre during the Sacramento French Film Festival. Photo by Dimitri Stanich.

Watch films in the beautiful, historic Crest Theatre during the Sacramento French Film Festival. Photo by Dimitri Stanich.

The second weekend of the French Film Festival features an assortment of wonderful films including two films starring Audrey Tautou, the French actress known for her lead role in Amélie. As a fan of Audrey Tautou, I look forward to seeing the two films (Delicacy and Thérèse) that showcase Tautou in two very different roles, one being a woman who finds love twice, and the other a wife who takes a shocking route out of an unhappy marriage. There are few things better (when it comes to cinema), than seeing an actor you enjoy taking on very different roles.

All in all, the Sacramento French Film Festival aims to please and it does just that, and then some. Romancing audiences with its exquisite films, the festival will take all on a journey into French culture and leave them dreaming of croissants, the Eiffel Tower, as well as the French coast and countryside. There’s no need to grab your passport when you can stroll on down to the Crest Theatre this next weekend and peer into the lives of the French who understand, “joie de vivre,” meaning, “the joy of living.”

The Sacramento French Film Festival continues this Friday, June 28 at Crest Theatre until Sunday, June 30. Festival passes are available at the door or online, in addition to single tickets for individual film screenings, with prices ranging from $10-$36.

Sacramento: Are you Naughty or Nice?

Photo by Jonathan G. Meath under Creative Commons

Photo by Jonathan G. Meath under Creative Commons.

With Christmas just around the corner, we have very little time left to rectify our place on Santa’s “Naughty or Nice” list. Whether you’ve been a good little human or a bad little human, the time to decide how you will behave for the rest of the year is now! What will you choose?

Naughty: Spend your afternoon on Saturday, December 15 wine tasting at the top of the Elks Tower in a penthouse lounge! These tastings, hosted by Rail Bridge Cellars, feature eight different wines and a beautiful view of the Sacramento skyline. I’ll admit that getting down on some delicious wine at Noon isn’t really all that naughty, but it might just put you in a naughty mood for the rest of the day.

Nice: Spend the morning of Saturday, December 15 schmoozing jolly old St. Nick himself! The best way to get Santa back on your good side is to have a nice conversation over Breakfast With Santa. It just so happens that Father Christmas will be at the Discovery Museum Science & Space Center eating pancakes this Saturday! So get to it. Heck, maybe you can even bring your kid.

Naughty: Watch a film called Santa vs. Satan next Thursday, December 20. This holiday classic will be showing at the Grange Performing Arts Center, hosted by Movies on a Big Screen. I’m not sure exactly how Kris Kringle is portrayed in this film but something tells me he isn’t going to be happy about it. This is a surefire way to get put on the naughty list.

Nice: Spend next Thursday, December 20 at the Sacramento Zoo and donate an item to their Food & Toy Drive. The Zoo will be raising donations for the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services and Toys for Tots with the help of 101.9 The Wolf. This is for the children! Santa will be so proud.

Naughty: Attend the Naughty X-Mas party at The Park Ultra Lounge next Saturday, December 22. Need I say more?

Nice: Attend a showing of Reindeer Revolution at Chautauqua Playhouse next Saturday, December 22. This play, geared toward children, is about a reindeer going through a Christmas crisis. Santa loves it when you support his reindeer!

I’ve laid out the choices for you my dear folks. Happy holidays to all! I hope you make the right choice.

Event of the Day: Reel

Reel: Bike-in TheaterStarting today, and continuing on every 1st and 3rd Thursday through October, is Reel, a new event at The Greens Hotel on Del Paso Boulevard. Set up outdoors, there will be a bike-in theater (complete with free bike parking), plus food trucks, a beer garden, pop up shops, and DJs. Screening different films each time, Reel kicks off with Raiders of the Lost Ark. What a night! Bring your friends (ages 21+ only), your pup (if you have one), and watch Indy do his thing–all for free–though you’ll likely be tempted into scrumptious food & beer, or cute, crafty purchases, too.

Event of the Day: Special Screening: Shut Up and Play the Hits

Shut Up and Play the Hits film posterAs a precursor to the six-day Launch Festival next week, Launch Events is bringing a one-night-only screening of Shut Up and Play the Hits to the Crest Theatre this evening, beginning at 8pm (arrive when the doors open at 7pm to enjoy tunes spun by DJ Whores & head to KBar post-screening for an afterparty with Shaun Slaughter).

The film chronicles LCD Soundsystem’s frontman James Murphy in the days leading up to (and during) the band’s final concert. As LCD Soundsystem’s electronic-y dance punk sound got me through a good portion of my college years, I was as sad as most when LCD Soundsystem announced their break up last year. Luckily we can all still revel in their sound (listen to one of my favorites below) with this new documentary!