Saturday, March 10, 2012
The pinnacle of my experiences thus far, took place on Thursday night (March 8, 2012) at the Ambler Theater. Those of us in attendance were not only given the opportunity to see Babette's Feast, the Oscar winning, Danish film, considered one of the all-time great "food films"; we also got to taste Babette's menu!
|Quail en Sarcophage avec Foie Gras, Wild Mushrooms and Truffle Butter Sauce|
|Chef Joseph Koye, President of Wild Blue Creative Catering Inc.|
(See below picture slide show for Chef Koye's menu, all the dishes and attendees)
My table included two birthday celebrations: Ginny who was given the evening as a gift from her son Chris and daughter Amy. And Audrey who gave more than a little hint to her husband Peter that this was what she wanted to do for her birthday. The other couple, Dena & Richard, were just celebrating their passion for good film and food. In fact, I asked Dena if she would begin guest blogging for Tinsel & Tine, because this fun loving couple not only dine out frequently in and around Philly; they also try recreating dishes at home. Doesn't that sound like a perfect post combination?!
I don't know, but I suspect Chef Abbate chose to do this event now, as we are in the season of Lent and Babette's Feast has deeply religious themes -
Behind the film’s deceptively simple story is a sort of parable or fable of religion and life. A voice-over narrator introduces us to a pair of aging sisters, daughters of a now-deceased Protestant minister on the Jutland coast of Denmark, whose names are Martina (Birgitte Federspiel) and Philippa (Bodil Kjer) — "after Martin Luther and his friend, Philip Melanchthon."
These pious sisters lead quiet lives of touching service among their late father’s remaining followers, a handful of older residents of a tiny nineteenth-century coastal settlement that is at once almost a religious community and a sect unto itself.
In their youth, we learn, both Martina and Philippa were once courted with opportunities for love and/or fame that would have taken them away from their father and his work. These offers, much to the grief of heartbroken suitors, were turned down. - Steven D. Greydanus
Babette's Feast is a story about pietism and the sensuality of food.- Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen)
The story of Babette's Feast was first published in the Ladies Home Journal, then later appeared in Isak Dinesen's Anecdotes of Destiny (1958). The movie, directed by Gabriel Axel, received the Academy Award in 1987 for Best Foreign Film.
By the way, County Theater/Vine and Fig's Babette event takes place next Wednesday, March 14th. If you are reading this in time, I sincerely recommend trying to still get tickets.