The Hungry Traveler, the popular five-week documentary film series produced by Carol Yindra as part of the Eldredge Public Library Learning Series, whets your appetite again this year as it returns to Chatham’s Orpheum Theatre beginning Wednesday, May 2 at 10 a.m.
The five-documentary series is socially informative as it highlights culinary tours of exotic foods, delectable wines, interesting locations and colorful chefs. Trends portrayed in the films are evident locally—such as the farm to table approach at Chatham Bars Inn and the family run Truro Vineyards. Local food and wine purveyors provide food or drink after many screenings.
The series’ opening film “Atlantic” addresses a locally debated subject: the exploitation of our ocean’s fish and oil resources and its effect on small fishing communities like Chatham. The film follows the fortunes of three small fishing communities in Ireland, Norway and Newfoundland and is narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor Brendan Gleeson.
The series continues on May 9 with a feature presentation of the Susan Sarandon-produced “Soufra,” an inspiring story of a generational Lebanese refugee who changed her fate by launching a successful food truck business with fellow refugees. Many thanks to the Chatham Squire Restaurant for making possible one of a few screenings of this film.
Two shorts and a presentation comprise the May 16 offering. “Knife Skills,” an Oscar-nominated documentary about a Cleveland restaurant owner who believes in, trains and employs ex-cons to run his upscale French restaurant. “Chateau Hough” highlights Mansfield Frazier’s transformation of vacant Cleveland neighborhood properties into a vineyard and winery. And, lastly, Truro Vineyard owner Dave Roberts, Jr. speaks about the adventure of his family’s 11-year business and the addition of distilled spirits.
On May 23, “America’s First Foodie” offers a window into the life and times of celebrated chef James Beard, author of numerous best-selling cookbooks and heralded as “the dean of American cooking” by the New York Times. Beard inspired today’s popular farm to table movement.
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” screens May 30. It tells the story of Jiro Ono’s life-long quest to create the perfect piece of sushi. Ono owns a celebrated sushi restaurant located in a Japanese subway.
The Hungry Traveler is co-sponsored by the Orpheum Theatre. The Chatham Squire, Chatham Bars Inn, Truro Vineyards, and Bluefin’s Sushi and Sake provide food, beverages and other support. For tickets visit the library or www.eldredgelibrary.org/learning-series. A $15 donation for the series subscription is suggested. Tickets are also available at the door. Proceeds fund library expenses and acquisitions.