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Chocolat starring Johnny Depp, Juliette Binoche and Judi Dench, Tuesday, February 12, 7pm @ The Magic Theatre.  The perfect pre-date night for Valentine’s Day!

2000-poster-chocolat-1Celebrated, revered, and constantly photographed, food is the new rock n’ roll and chefs are the new rock stars!  The Food & Film Series, a popular monthly event presented by the Nevada City Film Festival and Magic Lantern Film Society, returns for a second year, but with a twist.  This year the series pairs a popular foodie film followed by an intimate Q&A and tasting with a local or regional chef, mixologist, brew master, chocolatier, or forager.  The series kicks off on Tuesday, February 12, just in time for Valentine’s Day, with the sinfully delicious film “Chocolat” starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, followed by a Q&A with Dorado Chocolates owner and chocolatier Ken Kossoudji, at the Magic Theatre in Nevada City.

The Food & Film Series launched last year, and screened such films as “The Big Night”, “Amelie”, and “Mamma Mia” alongside an Italian feast, French crepes and Greek cuisine, prepared by local restaurateurs and caterers. Films were screened in the historic Osborn and Woods hall at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center where state of the art projection and concert sound was brought in for the audience’s viewing pleasure. This year, the series will be held at The Magic Theatre, a charming 62-seat art house movie theatre located in the 7-Hills Business District and at the Miners Foundry for the larger, more dinner theatre specific screenings.  The Magic Theatre boasts new Dolby surround sound, a new screen, new state of the art DCI projection, new red velvet plush seats and organic concessions.

“We are excited to bring the series to The Magic Theatre as it has been the home of the Nevada City Film Festival for thirteen years,” explained Jesse Locks, Festival Director of the Nevada City Film Festival.  ”Utilizing the two venues, The Magic Theatre and the Miners Foundry, we’ll be able to create a unique film going experience for our film society members and attendees. We also look forward to collaborating with local and regional celebrity chefs and uncovering up and coming folks who are doing new and exciting things with food and drink.”

The series first film of the year is “Chocolat”.  It is the endearing story of a young mother, played by Juliette Binoche, who arrives at the fictional, repressed French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes with her six-year-old daughter and opens La Chocolaterie Maya, a small chocolaterie. Her chocolate quickly begins to change the lives of the townspeople.  The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture. It was also nominated for eight BAFTAs, and four Golden Globes. It won a Screen Actors Guild Award.  The film also stars Judi Dench, Leni Olin, and Alfred Molina.  Following the film Ken Kossoudji from Dorado Chocolates in Grass Valley will be on hand  to talk about the process of making chocolate, how one becomes a chocolatier, and share some of his delectable chocolate.  According to Lonely Planet, “Ken Kossoudji creates incredible handmade chocolates at this temple of indulgence. There’s amazing coffee drinks and, yes, hot chocolate.”  Dorado’s hot chocolate is so famous Oprah’s team picked it as a top 5 in the USA.  Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

KNOW & GO
What: Food & Film Series presents “Chocolat” plus Q&A with Ken Kossudji of Dorado Chocolates
When: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Where: The Magic Theatre, 107 Argall Way, Nevada City, CA
Time: Film 7pm, Theatre/Box Office opens 30 minutes prior to the film
Tickets: $8/Members, $10/Non-members, Tickets are limited to 60.
Advance Tickets at The Magic Theatre during business hours or call
(530) 362-8601
Information: www.magiclanternfilmsociety.org


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