Travel Around The World- While Tasting Mouthwatering Dainties From the Most Memorable Food Movies

Tuesday, June 18, 2019, Palm Springs, CA– The Palm Springs Cultural Center, in partnership with accomplished filmmaker Petra Haffter, is proud to premiere the CULINARY CINEMA program. Once a month cinephiles and foodies meet to screen a culinary classic and then afterwards are treated to a dinner created by a local chef based upon the themes presented in the film. 

THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY w/ Chef Daniel of “Daniel’s Table.”

August 21

The culinary cinema adventure begins at the Camelot Theatres inside the Palm Springs Cultural Center on August 21, 2019 with “THE HUNDRED FOOT JOURNEY.” A wild war arouses between a relocated self-made Indian Chef and an established noble French Cuisine Restaurant owner in the most charming French countryside. Following the film join us on stage of the Historic Camelot Theatre for a dinner prepared by Chef and Caterer Daniel from DANIEL’S TABLE famous for  his cross-cultural taste:

“I feel compelled to bring the fruits of the trees and the bounty of the fields to my guests. Sourcing only grass-fed animals and wild fish for our ‘made from scratch’ dishes and creating a lasting experience for everyone involved. Much focus, hard work, research, dedication and consistency goes into providing the best sourced foods from local farmers, ranchers and great fisherman that share in the passion of not trading their great standards in for a smaller prize,” said Chef Daniel.


September 18 

Darling of the culinary scene in Hamburg, there is a gap between Martha’s exquisite food and her unforgiving rigid personality. What could be better than to continue the Italian adventure with a warm taste of a Sicilian family prepared by Chef Teresa at IL GIARDINO.

“Talento naturale! – I grew up in the kitchen. I played with food. I love food. When the families were gathering once a week to make bread, we kids were ready to play with the dough. The first thing I learned was Tiramisu. On Sundays our family cooked for the School, later I worked for the nuns. Volunteering and helping refined my cooking. I might be small but I can do big things, ” said Chef Teresa.

TORTILLA SOUP w/ Chef Amanda Escamilla

October 16

TORTILLA SOUP is a charming family story of a Mexican patriarch who raises three amazing and successful daughters accompanied by voluptuous food photography. And there is one rule in the family you should never forget: Don’t mess up with the tradition of a Sunday Dinner. Following the film you’ll fall in love with guest Chef’s Amanda Escamilla’s Farm-To-Table Mexican cuisine. 


November 20

When you arrive you‘ll smell THE SCENT OF THE GREEN PAPAYA already in the theater. It is a film so placid and filled with sweetness that watching it is like listening to soothing music.

The film takes place in Vietnam between the late 1940s and early 1960s, and is seen through the eyes of a poor young woman who is taken as a servant into the household of a merchant family. She observes everything around her in minute detail, and gradually, as she flowers into a beautiful woman, her simple goodness impresses her more hurried and cynical employers. Roger Ebert called it a film of great visual beauty…it is like seeing a poem for the eyes. Afterwards- we will gather at 533, the Viet-Fusion restaurant of Chad Garner. And yes! Green Papaya will be served.

Chef Chad Garner says “My passion for the fresh ingredients and bold flavors of Vietnamese cuisine combined with my personal love of creating edible art has led to 533’s current incarnation of Viet-fusion: time-honored Vietnamese cuisine infused with his own culinary flair for artful presentation stimulating all of the senses.”