Lives with Flavor - Encounters with Mexican Gastronomy

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Showings

Ticket Prices
General Public:$20.00 - Opening Night
$12.00 - Nov. 6 Show
Members:$15.00 - Opening Night
$8.00 - Nov. 6 Show
Student w/ID (Box Office Only):$6.00 - Nov. 6 Show
Film Info
Guest Attending:Yes
Program:Cine Latino
The Art of Living
Women & Film
Tags:Documentary
Food
Latino/Hispanic/Iberian
Release Year:2019
Runtime:94 min
Country/Region:Mexico
Language:Spanish
Cast/Crew
Director:Ruth Zachs Babani
Pablo Gasca Gollás
Producer:Ruth Zachs Babani
Cinematographer:Pablo Gasca Golla´s
Iva´n Morales Coli´n
Screenwriter:Ruth Zachs Babani
Pablo Gasca Golla´s
Editor:Pablo Gasca Golla´s

Description

Official Opening Night Presentation!

Director/Producer Ruth Zachs Babani Attending!

OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION - FRIDAY NOVEMBER 1st from 5-7:00pm
2019 Cine Latino kicks off in Pracna on Main’s Fireside Room, adjacent to St. Anthony Main Theatre. This hosted reception features delicious appetizers provided by Popol Vuh, and wine provided by Amigos de España. Special guests include the Mexican director of Lives With Flavor, Ruth Zachs Babani, as well as Mexico’s General Consul to Minnesota, Gerardo Guerrero, a delegation from Minneapolis’s sister city Cuernavaca, Mexico, Spain’s General Consul in Chicago,and other diplomatic guests from Mexico, Spain and Colombia. Admission is included with tickets to the Official Opening Night Presentation of Lives With Flavor, screening at 7:15pm.

Opening Night Events are sponsored by the Consulate of Mexico in Saint Paul, Minnesota and the City of Minneapolis.

Carlos Gaytán

In 2012, four years into a highly successful run with his now-legendary Mexican/French restaurant Mexique in Chicago’s West Town, chef Carlos Gaytan was about to face a moment of crisis like no other. Having emigrated in 1991 from the small town of Huitzuco in the state of Guerrero at the tender age of 20, Gaytan struggled to establish himself in an unfamiliar and intimidating big city, starting as a dishwasher at a local Sheraton before working his way up to assisting chef Dominique Tounge at his celebrated Chez Moi and eventually opening his own acclaimed restaurant. But now, with an economic collapse draining his business to the brink of collapse, a quiet plea to the heavens for divine intervention was answered the very next day: his first Michelin star.

Yet despite being not only the first Mexican chef to win the prestigious award but the first Latin American to do so (and earning another the following year), Gaytan has remained a humble cook at his core, grateful for the nourishment and foundation his rural Mexican upbringing has provided, appreciative to the land that made his dreams come true and a believer that every meal should not only be driven by memory but create new ones, in this rousing and delectable new episode of the Vidas Con Sabor series.

Sinopsis
En 2012, tras cuatro altamente exitosos años en su ahora legendario restaurante Mexicano-francés, “Mexique”, en el West Town de Chicago, el chef Carlos Caytán estaba a punto de enfrentar una crisis como ninguna. Habiendo emigrado en 1991 del pequeño pueblo de Huitzuco, en el estado de Guerrero, con tan solo 20 años de edad, Gaytán luchó para establecerse en una gran ciudad, extraña e intimidante. Comenzó lavando platos en un hotel Sheraton local antes de abrirse paso con su trabajo ayudando al chef Dominique Tounge en su celebrado restaurante “Chez moi” y, eventualmente, llegando a abrir su propio restaurante. Pero ahora, con el colapso económico arrastrando su negocio a la quiebra, un silencioso ruego a los cielos por una intervención divina fue respondido al día siguiente con su primera estrella Michelin.

A pesar de no solo ser el primer chef mexicano en recibir este prestigioso premio sino el primer latinoamericano en lograrlo (obteniendo una más al año siguiente), Gaytán sigue siendo simplemente un humilde cocinero en lo profundo de su ser; un hombre agradecido por el sustento y los fundamentos provistos por su crianza en el México rural, por la tierra que hizo que sus sueños se hicieran realidad. Es un creyente en que cada comida no debe ser simplemente motivada por la memoria sino que debe crear nuevas posibilidades. Este es un conmovedor y delicioso nuevo episodio de la serie Vidas con sabor.

Monica Patiño

Monica Patiño is known as many things—television personality, savvy businesswoman, one of the pillars of Mexican cuisine—but growing up Mexico City’s affluent Roma neighborhood under the guidance of a stern, tradition-bound father at a time when the only ‘real’ cuisine was French cuisine, there was little to indicate that a revolution was stirring in the young chef’s imagination. Driven by a fierce desire to show the world that Mexico was every bit the culinary powerhouse that France was, Patiño opened her first restaurant, La Taberna del Leon, at the tender age of 22 before going on to establish a series of acclaimed restaurants that helped bring about a global appreciation for native Mexican cuisine—and being an original farm to table restaurateur before the term existed. From fresh spins on the staples--pollo en pipian, tacos, ceviche, fideo soup—to challenging the idea that mezcal was a lowly ‘drink of the poor’ and sparking a global craze for the humble spirit, Monica Patiño continues to inspire a new generation of chefs to regard the kitchen as artistic space and remain open to the richness of local food traditions in this rousing episode of the Vidas Con Sabor series.

Sinopsis
Mónica Patiño es conocida por muchas razones --personalidad de televisión, hábil mujer de negocios, uno de los pilares de la cocina mexicana-- pero crecer en la afluente Colonia Roma de Ciudad de México bajo la guía de un rígido y tradicional padre en una época cuando la única alta cocina era la francesa, había poca indicación de que una revolución se gestaba en la imaginación de la joven chef. Motivada por el feroz deseo de mostrarle al mundo que la cocina mexicana era tan poderosa como la francesa, Patiño abrió su primer restaurante, “La Taberna del León”, con tan solo 22 años, antes de llegar a establecer una serie de famosos restaurantes que ayudaron a iniciar una apreciación global hacia la auténtica cocina mexicana. -siendo una las primeras que siguió las ideas del movimiento “del campo a la mesa” antes de que el término existiera. Desde giros refrescantes en platos básicos --pollo en pipian, tacos, ceviche, sopa de fideos-- hasta cuestionar la idea de que el mezcal era una bebida para los pobres e iniciar la fascinación global por lo sencillo, Mónica Patiño continua inspirando una nueva generación de chefs para que consideren la cocina como un espacio artístico y seguir abiertos a la riqueza de las tradiciones culinarias locales en este delicioso episodio de la serie Vidas con Sabor.


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