Culinary Pioneer Inspires Mardi Gras Foodie Party at SLO Film Fest Opener
San Luis Obispo, CA—The best food always has a story. Sometimes it’s about the ingredients, a chef’s ingenuity or the memories created when shared with friends. Sometimes the story is so big it starts a movement and the food scene is forever changed.
Teri Bayus is a local food critic and culinary storyteller who visits chefs around the Central Coast on her TV show, Taste Buds and writes about their food in her weekly column: Dinner and a Movie (Tolosa Press). When she heard the SLO Film Fest opener, a documentary about Ella Brennan, the matriarch of a New Orleans restaurant empire, she decided an Opening Night foodie party was in order.
“This will be a foodie’s dream event! Chefs from restaurants around SLO County will be sharing their tasty culinary treats alongside amazing . Café Musique will perform their eclectic, high-energy music from the stage. It’s guaranteed to be a festive atmosphere that celebrates Miss Ella and the generous spirit of New Orleans,” said Teri Bayus, event organizer.
More than 35 local chefs,
wineries and breweries are already on-board to share their favorite creations at this Mardi Gras themed tasting and viewing party Tuesday, March 14th at 5:30 p.m. at Fremont Theatre in San Luis Obispo.
Admission includes: unlimited food and drink tastes, live music with Café Musique and viewing the new full-length documentary film:“ELLA BRENNAN: Commanding the Table” by Oscar® and Emmy® nominated director and producer, Leslie Iwerks.
A pioneer of the modern American food movement and recipient of the James Beard Lifetime Achievement Award, “Miss Ella” groomed chefs such as Emeril Lagasse at her Commander’s Palace, helping to launch the celebrity chef phenomenon.
Leslie (director of this film and many others including The Pixar Story, Citizen Hearst, Recycled Life), will be in attendance with Ella Brennan’s daughter, Ti
Martin and son, Alex Brennan who were recently named “2016 New Orleans Restaurateurs of the Year.” They are looking forward to talking about Commander’s Palace’s storied history.
Tickets for this all-inclusive evening are $50 or $40 for students and Film Society members. For tickets and list of participating restaurants and wineries: www.slofilmfest.org/opening-night-party-and-movie/www.slofilmfest.org/opening-night-party-and-movie/
Restaurants include: The Spoon Trade, Giuseppe’s, Chipwrecked, Papi’s Grill, Bunn Thai Bistro, The Cracked Crab, Efren’s Mexican Restaurant, Jeffery’s Catering, Apple Farm, Oki Momo Asian Grill, Vivant Fine Cheeses, Surfside Deli, Royal Baklava, and Bon Temps.
Libations by Talley, Opolo Vineyard, Kynsi Winery, Cass Winery, Timbre Wines, Puffers of Pismo, Amplify Wines, Field Recordings, Robin Bogue, Summerland Wine, Cambria Wine, The Central Roast and M Special Brewing Company.
Taste Buds TV Show and Simply Clear Marketing and Media are rolling out the first Best Chef Competition. The contest includes chef’s competing in a “Chopped” style battle at the Inspired Home Expo using a CSA box from Talley Farms.
Nominated chefs are:
Kristina Duffy of Inn At Morro Bay
Casey Walcot of the Sea Venture
Sarah Paddock of Chipwrecked
Chris Beckett of Fish Gaucho
Nicola Allegretta of Mistura and Mama’s Meatballs.
Chefs will receive a Talley Box of produce and fruits and can add any protein they desire. A panel of professional judges will oversee the blind arbitrating while the attendees of the Inspired Home Expo can taste and vote for the People’s Choice. Chefs will be judged on use of ingredients, presentation, taste and originality.
After the show, each chef will receive a full page layout with the recipe and pictures in the Inspired Heath Magazine.
“Chef’s Casey, Sarah, and Nicola were all featured in Season 1 of Taste Buds, and Kristina and Chris are planned for Season 2,” stated Teri Bayus, Host and producer of Taste Buds, “Each chef has their own unique strengths and it will be thrilling to see who can take home the prize.”
The live event will be held on Saturday, February 25th at the Inspired Home & Gourmet Expo of Paso Robles at the Paso Robles Event Center from 1:00 pm-3:00 pm, presented by Taste Buds and Simply Clear Marketing & Media.
Judges include; Liz Dodder Hansen. Jacob Town, Rachel Hommel, and Kendra Aronson. The judge’s choice and people’s choice winners will be announced Saturday at 3:30 pm.
Attendees can sample and vote for the Best chef People’s Choice at the Inspired Home Expo.
Contact Teri Bayus at email@example.com or at (805) 305-0579.