After consuming five Absinthe cocktails, a five-course French meal by a Top Chef finalist, and a screening of Amelie, myself and the rest of the overstuffed audience at Nitehawk Cinema were as jolly as Christmas morning. And why not? In our classroom desk-style Nitehawk seats, we were waited on like Business Class patrons jetting off to Rome. The event: Film Feast, the theatre’s latest signature series, where celebrity chefs create tasting menus inspired by their favorite film, and serve it to epicurean folk during the movie.
Nitehawk’s Film Feast requires multitasking, since it’s hard to prioritize whether you want to look up at the actors’ expressions, tear apart your pillowy mussels like a caveman, or glare at the very loud munchers behind you. So, inevitably, a bit is lost cinema-wise, especially in the case of Amelie, which features subtitles, thus requiring extensive reading mid-cocktail swigging and duck crepe-cutting. It’s a lot to ask.
But nonetheless, this is Nitehawk’s novel concept: on any regular night, the theatre transforms the rote dinner-and-a-movie experience into a simultaneous, trendy experience. And with Nitehawk’s Film Feast series, the theatre pushes the concept even farther, giving you a glimpse at the surprising interests – both food and film-wise – of NYC’s award-winning chefs. Plus, you eat and drink way more.
Stay tuned for news on the next Film Feast series…