Meals and Reels

Although the events may have absolutely nothing to do with movies, watching films is not the point — yet, says Debby Samples, marketing and membership director for the Cleveland International Film Festival.

“It’s really about celebrating film, art and food in Cleveland,” she says of the annual Film Feast series that features three food-focused forums this month. “The idea is to cultivate our audience and get the festival on people’s radars.”

The Film Feast series, in its seventh season, also raises money for the film festival, which will be held March 18 to 28, 2010, at Tower City Cinemas. For a full Film Feast schedule or to make a reservation, go to

Coming this month:
Beer League, Nov. 5, 6:45 p.m.: The evening’s event offers an inside look at the brewing process at Great Lakes Brewing Company in Ohio City. Food and beer tasting will follow the tour. Cost: $50

Sideways, Nov. 11, 7 p.m.: Gather at Shaker Square for an advanced screening of a film festival movie (identified in early November), followed by a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres at SASA. Cost: $50

Cookie Jar, Nov. 21, 2 p.m.: Bring the kids, and start the holiday baking early as chef Bob Sferra of Sur La Table shares tips on cookie decorating easy enough for the whole family. Cost: $25

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