A Grassroots Beginning
Founding members Eva Eliscu, Rhonda Lerner, Ruth Milikin and Kirsten West, four ladies from four different places in the world met at La Biblioteca in 2015 during Eva's lecture on the History of the Dining Table. During an afternoon coffee at Santa Ana Cafe, the idea of a Food and Film festival was born. With a shared interest in food, film and involvements in various business backgrounds, they decided to create a fundraising project for La Biblioteca.
The first ever Food in Film Festival fundraiser was held in 2016; though there were no plans to create a yearly festival, the positive reception from attendees propelled the evolution of the Food In Film Festival (FIFF) into yearly festival currently on its fourth year.
FIFF moved to Centro Cultural Ignacio Ramirez El Nigromante (Bellas Artes) in 2017, in partnership with DIFF to refurbish a school kitchen in a nearby San Miguel community. In 2018-19 we partnered with S.O.M.E. In 2020 we are excited to support Casa Hogar and their "Crack an egg for Education" initiative presented by Corazon Valiente.
For 2023, Alexa Bolles manages our media campaigns, Maura Williams manages sales, and Mila Villasana returns as our web/graphic designer as well as assisting in event coordination; all lending their talents to help make our festival a success! Rhonda Lerner continued her work as program book designer and managed the new Boleto City partnership. Eva Eliscu as director also recruited our wonderful sponsors, the 2023 charity and managed the opening event.
Food In Film Festival 2020
About the 2020 Food in Film Festival
The 5th annual Food in Film Festival took place on February 21, 22, & 23, 2020. Our featured guest was the talented Mexican Chef, Daniel Nates from Maizal, Puebla. Our festival presented six films featuring chefs and their cuisine, local food, wine, and beer sponsors, and 3 lectures. Click the links below to see our past lineup and presentations.