I recently had the incredible pleasure of watching a short film that was produced by a group of students at Pace University through a program called PaceDocs (including my friend Jerry McKinstry, Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs at Pace and, in this case, adult student, who introduced me to the film).
The documentary For the Love of Food showcased the slow food movement – farm to table – in France and in Westchester. It makes the case for sustainability, and slow cooking and dining. The experience of watching this film, which showcases the most delectable ingredients and results, was sheer pleasure to the eyes, as well as my palette (well, in my imagination).
The scenery that is shared certainly heightens the beauty of the experience and made me yearn to go to France. That is, until I realized that I can get this same treatment at home. In the film, my friend Glenn Vogt showcases the wonderful farm-to-table food that is available right here in Westchester at his Tarrytown restaurant, RiverMarket.
The film really explains the culture and values that are the foundation of this slow cooking movement. The chefs and farmers who share their approach are visionaries committed to healthy dining.
With film production booming in the Hudson Valley, seeing this film was a gift. And through this program’s experiential learning process, students are trained to be production-ready, ready to join that booming industry.