May 29, 2012
People in Glass Houses…Who Like Film and Food
Feast on top food films and top chefs with Philip Johnson’s Glass House as the glowing backdrop June 9
By Nancy Staab
The Food Film Festival is taking a detour from its traditional NYC and Chicago locales for a trip to New Caanan, Conneticut, for a fab fusion of food, film and iconic architecture.
Architecture, Foodie and Film Fanatics take note: the site of The Food Film Festival’s modern picnic on June 9 is none other than the revolutionary Glass House by Philip Johnson, circa 1949. This modernist jewel-box, whose glass partitions perfectly frame the 47-acre campus, will host a modern picnic from noon to 3PM. But this is no ordinary picnic. It’s presided over by six star chefs, including James Beard Foundation Rising Star Chef of the Year Gabriel Rucker (Le Pigeon).
As the sun sets, stroll the landscape dotted with modern art (Donald Judds and Frank Stellas) and artistic follies: stay for cocktails and gourmet hors d’oeuvres; and catch the screening of eight short films covering everything from Canadian-sourced oysters (The Perfect Oyster) and artisanal ice cream (Ice Cream Picasso, a doc. about NYC’s legendary Max & Mina’s--scoops of fresh grass, Merlot or wasabi anyone?), to grass-fed beef (Cud) and fancy French pastry (Pastry Paris) with thematic bites served with each flick.
The Dine with Design event benefits The Glass House and is inspired by master builder Johnson, who spent many inspired, salon-style evenings in the transparent house, deep in conversation with artists like Andy Warhol and Frank Stella and architects like Robert A.M. Stern. Johnson wished the house to be a “catalyst” for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape and art. Journalist Vincent Scully once declared in Architectural Digest that the glass house was “the most sustained cultural salon that the U.S. had ever seen.” We think Johnson would approve of this delicious new fusion.
For tickets and more info: 866.811.41111 or http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/support/DinewithDesign/foodfilmfestival2012/
Johnson’s Glass House is available for tour May-November: philipjohnsonglasshouse.org
For more info on The Food Film Festival: thefoodfilmfestival.com