Food Inc. Pot Luck Part 1

HIB Food IncHungry in Brooklyn dinner parties usually consist of me slaving away in the kitchen, making multiple shopping trips to find the perfect ingredients, and serving food I don’t get to eat. So when my friend Daphne asked if I would be interested in throwing a pot luck dinner in honor of Food Inc for PBS POV, I jumped at the opportunity. Exposing a group of people to this very important movie while actually getting to partake in the festivities myself? Sign me up!

This past Sunday, a small group of amazing friends gathered together at our apartment to eat, drink and be educated about this country’s corporate food system. If you’ve seen Food Inc, you would know that popcorn might be a slightly inappropriate movie viewing snack, so Raphael and I decided to make pizzas. Four different kinds to be exact: margarita; brussels sprouts w/ criminis; lemon, rosemary & parmiggiano; and goat cheese, caramelized onion & speck.

When I first saw Food, Inc. last december, I decided that I needed to make everyone I know watch it.  You can read books like Fast Food Nation or Omnivores’ Dilemma, and the gruesome descriptions will certainly turn your stomach. But once you SEE these images for yourself, there’s no way to forget. All of a sudden deciding to bite into a single hamburger made with the meat of thousands of different cows doesn’t seem so appealing or delicious.

I was concerned that after a lot of eating, drinking, and good conversation, it would be difficult to switch gears and and turn on the documentary.  Would anyone really pay attention?  Half the people at the party had seen at least parts of the film, and the other half hadn’t.  Most of my friends eat organically when they can, and buy locally when it’s available, but it’s extremely difficult in this day and age to completely avoid overly processed foods.  Hopefully seeing this film will be the kick in the butt to make us all really think: a good reminder to eat food, not food-like substances. Within the first few minutes of the film playing, everyone was captivated.

After the movie ended, we all instinctively erupted in applause.  It was a momentous occasion. And perhaps the single greatest moment for me actually occurred the next day:  one of the guests, who had not seen the film before our screening, told me that she had been profoundly affected by the film, and had been obsessively reading food labels throughout the next day.  She needed to know what she was eating and where it came from.  One down, 300 million to go.

Check out the gallery and the rest of the photos in the next post!