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Tucson Slow Food Film Festival

 Tucson—Slow Food Tucson announces its fourth annual food and film festival to be held from January 8-11, 2009. 

Classic food films, meals at premiere restaurants and international new food film screenings will be featured.  This year, in recognition of economic recession, the price of the advance purchase discounted four-day pass has been reduced below last year’s level.
 This year’s program includes three classic food films:

 — “Dinner Rush”—The chef son of a Mafia bookie invents creative takes on Italian cuisine at his trendy Tribeca restaurant, all the while struggling with kitchen staff while his watchful father (Danny Aiello) tangles with hoods and masterminds a vendetta.

 —  “Ratatouille” —The beloved animated Oscar-winning story of the adventures of a gang of gourmet Parisian rats who take over the kitchen of a swank restaurant, all to save the job of a good friend.
—  “Bottle Shock” —French wine experts are cahgrined to discover they have awarded top honors to California wines in this feature based on the famed 1976 blind wine tasting known as the Judgment of Paris.

Culinary events include an opening dinner at Primo at the JW Marriott Resort at Starr Pass, a French-inspired meal at Cuvee World Bistro (limited to 40), a special brunch of fine food and wines at VinTabla (limited to 40) –and a gala closing brunch at Acacia with local beef, produce and wines. 
 On Saturday afternoon (Jan. 10) , there will be screenings of 9 food films, including the provocative feature documentary “Eating Alaska,” introduced by Gary Nabhan, plus short animation, features and documentaries.  The audience will vote on the $500 “Best of the Best” award.

The best price on the festival is the advance purchase (before December 31) full pass for $240 ($180 for Slow Food members).  Regular purchase begins on January 1.  Again this year, 2 + 2 packages with any two restaurants and movie events are available as are single tickets that include one meal and film.  Order forms and additional pricing and program information is available at the Tucson Slow Food website .

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