The 2012 Chicago Food Film Festival Is Back – Beer Menu Revealed

The 2012 Chicago Food Film Festival Is Back!

The NYC Food Film Festival (Oct. 17-­‐21, 2012) and The Chicago Food Film Festival (Nov. 15-­‐17, 2012) are the only festivals in the world where guests get to Taste What They See on the Screen…sometimes right in their seats! Hosted by Travel Channel host George Motz, the documentary filmmaker behind the award-­‐winning “Hamburger America” film, book, and mobile app, the Festival presents the best, and the most memorable, of the world’s favorite and exotic foods on the big screen…and then serves them to the guests.

All the details on the films, the food, the chefs, the parties, the tickets and all that fun is below. If you aren’t already in the know, read below but don’t delay on buying a ticket, there aren’t very many left!


Enter code “BurgerConquest” to get 10% off your ticket.

As the festival’s official Beer Sommelier and Director of Brand Partnerships (which includes BEER) I am here to reveal the Brewery partners and Beers we will be pouring at each event.

Available at all events:

  • Lagunitas Brewery – from Petaluma is our overall domestic Beer partner and we will have their delicious West Coast style IPA and Czech style PILS beers available at every event.

Farm to Film to Table

Thursday Night, November 15, 2012 at Kendall College
6:00 pm – VIP Pre-Party presented by Kitchit
6:30 pm – General Doors Open

An evening of sustainable foods and films featuring grass-fed meats from Harry Carr and Mint Creek Farm, EL Ideas’ Chef Philip Foss’ legendary Fries and Ice Cream dish and more.
Films: Artisan Baker, Farmer Poet, Speakeasy Supperclub, Sugar Shack, Fries and Ice Cream, and 10,000 Cases


  • Lagunitas Brewery – IPA & PILS
  • Begyle Brewing Company – Chicago local Community Supported Brewing Company will be pouring their Golden Blond Ale as well their Allium, aBelgian Strong Ale brewed in conjunction with Chef Kevin Hickey from the Four Seasons Allium Restaurant.

Fish Fry Friday

Friday Night, November 16, 2012 at Kendall College
6:00 pm – VIP Pre-Party
6:30 pm – General Doors Open
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An authentic Milwaukee Fish Fry plus perogies, pickles, and more.  Plus enjoy a special Sweet Potato Cobbler by Hoosier Mama Pie Co.
Films: Fish Fry Night Milwaukee, Mama Sugar’s Sweet Potato Cobbler, Mickle’s Pickle, and Perogy!


  • Lagunitas Brewery – IPA, which is a perfect pairing with Fried Fish & PILS.
  • Lakefront Brewery – As seen in the movie Fish Fry Night Milwaukee, we’ll be serving Riverwest Stein Lager which will also be used the Fish Batter.
  • Two Brothers Brewing – A selection of beers from a local Illinois Brewery; Ebel Weiss, a German Hefeweizen, Domain Dupage, a French Style Country Ale & Prairie Path, a Gluten Free Golden Ale. This will be our very first time ever serving a Gluten Free Beer at the Food Film Festival.

Edible Adventure #006 + Avocado Takedown

Presented by Avocados from Mexico
Saturday Afternoon, November 17, 2012 at Kendall College
12:00 Noon – Doors Open
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A cornucopia of unique eats plus Matt Timms’ Avocado Takedown presented by Avocados from Mexico, featuring 30 amateur chefs competing for cash prizes. You be the judge.
Films: Mozzarella, Inc., Mexican Cuisine, One Macaron At A Time, Audacity of Hope, Vegetables: Friend or Foe?, Benevolent Baker: Doughnut, and Bon Appetit


The Hopsploitation; the official Beer Cocktail of the Food Film Festival;  A spicy and sweet Shandy made with a Lagunitas IPA gratuitously fornicated with a Bruce Cost Unfiltered Fresh Ginger Ale.

Single-Malt Whisky: The Islay 8

Followed by the Chicago Food Film Festival Awards Ceremony
Saturday Night, November 18, 2012 at Kendall College
7:00 pm – VIP Pre-Party
7:30 pm – General Doors Open
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Featuring the Chicago Premiere of Whisky: The Islay Edition, a tasting of whisky from all 8 distilleries on the Isle of Islay in Scotland, which is renowned for its single malt whiskies and a special film-inspired tasting menu by local chefs and restaurants
Films:  Whisky: The Islay Edition and Benevolent Butcher: Bacon


  • Lagunitas Brewery – IPA & PILS, the latter of which makes for a great back to Single Malt Scotches
  • Stone Brewing Company – A fine Double IPA with 9.09% ABV from San Diego along with their Smoked Porter which will be paired with a Food Film Fest debut, Jarlsberg Hickory Smoked Cheese.
  • Two Brothers Brewing – Prairie Path, Domain Dupage & Ebel Weiss.

Midnight Ramen

Presented by Kitchit
Sunday at Midnight (Saturday Night), November 18, 2012 at EL Ideas Chicago
11:00 PM Nov. 17 – Doors Open
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The good folks at Kitchit, Gohan Society, and Sun Noodle are hosting Midnight Ramen, a once in a lifetime opportunity  to meet and eat with World-Ramen Expert, Chef Keizo Shimamoto of and Bassanova Ramen House in Tokyo, Japan on Saturday late-nite, November 17th. Chef Keizo is flying into Chicago from Tokyo for 1 night only, to serve up his unique version of his favorite noodles and broth.
: Ramen Dreams


Limited VIP Festival-Wide Passes Available

Tickets are now available to all events and a limited number of VIP Tickets and Festival-wide VIP Passes are also available, which include entry to a series of pre-parties and VIP Seating. The menus each at event include food celebrated in the films along with beer, wine and select cocktail pairings.

Tickets are all-inclusive of:

  • Entry into the film selections
  • Food
  • Specialty Beer, Wine & Spirits


Enter code “BurgerConquest” to get 10% off your ticket.

No one under the age of 21 will be admitted to any evening event.
The Edible Adventure #006 during the day is an 18+ event.


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