Famed Israeli chef Yotam Ottolenghi takes viewers on a trip to Versailles through his new film

by | Jul 27, 2021 | What’s Happening

Originally published in the April 26, 2021 issue. 

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles

Virtual screening: April 26–28, $12 per household

Conversation: Wednesday, April 28, 8 pm

Robin Sidersky

The intersection of food and art will be celebrated as part of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater and Simon Family JCC’s 28th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film presented by Patricia & Avraham Ashkenazi and Alma & Howard Laderberg with the screening of Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles.

This exciting documentary is about Israeli Master Chef Yotam Ottolenghi and the work he did at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art to bring 17th century Versailles to life in the form of beautiful patisserie.

Tidewater film fans will get a behind-the-scenes look at the whole process with the film, which will be available virtually. The film festival pivoted to a mostly virtual format this year.

Though the film will be shown virtually, festival attendees will be treated to a conversation about food and film with one of the film’s stars, Deborah Krohn, who served as Ottolenghi’s academic guide for the Met on Wednesday, April 28.

Krohn is a Bard Center associate professor and the chair of Academic Programs.

She’ll be joined by Betsy DiJulio, a writer, educator, and artist, who is currently part of MOCA’s exhibit, Nourish, which runs through June 6. The two will be in conversation with Anne Fleder, co-chair of the 28th Annual Virginia Festival of Jewish Film.

To celebrate the magical relationship between art and food, UJFT and Simon Family JCC have partnered with MOCA to bring foodies and art lovers a delicious experience.

The MOCA exhibit shows 12 pieces of art inspired by local food experts. The teams explored the intersection of food and art.

For more information and tickets, visit jewishva.org/filmfest. For additional questions, contact Jill Grossman, UJFT director of Arts + Ideas at jgrossman@ujft.org or 757-965-6137.