Errol Morris once told me that he viewed the success of the Telluride Film Festival and the Pacific Film Archive as inextricable from the rise of Alice Waters’ legendary restaurant Chez Panisse (which, naturally, takes its name from a character in Marcel Pagnol’s Fanny trilogy). So it’s apt that the new site founded by Telluride’s Gary Meyer, Eat Drink Films, combines the passions for cinema and cuisine with a glass of something to wash them both down.
Currently showcasing its fifth weekly issue, EDF features straight-up movie reviews, most recently of Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida,” and recipes, like Peter Moore’s take on saagish paneer. But the most intriguing are those that cut across boundaries, like “The Lunchbox” director Ritesh Batra’s two-part series on multi-generational restaurants in Mumbai, and his accompanying short film, “Cafe Regular, Cairo.”
Among other highlights are an excerpt from former New York Times restaurant critic Ruth Reichel’s “Delicious!: A Novel,” and this food-themed conversation with “Chef’s” Jon Favreau. Disney animation fans won’t want to miss the two-part essay on Marc Davis, one of the studio’s “Nine Old Men.”