It seems the ides of July is the time for food and drink documentaries in Columbus, with three foodie films coming into town starting tomorrow. One chronicles the grueling, but rewarding, path to the title of master sommelier. Another gives a behind-the-scenes look at the reemergence of the cocktail. And the history, tradition and health risks of the soul food culture are addressed in a third.
“SOMM,” running July 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 at Gateway Film Center
“SOMM” is the story of four men vying for the title Master Sommelier—a feat less than 200 aspiring wine experts have achieved. (One of whom, though, resides here in Columbus. You can read more about master sommelier Matt Citriglia, featured in the current issue of Crave, here.) The exam, hosted by the prestigious and exclusive Court of Master Sommeliers, covers every aspect of the world of wine, spirits and cigars. Cameras have never before been allowed near this secret exam, until now. gatewayfilmcenter.com
BONUS! On Monday, July 15, Gateway hosts a wine tasting with Signature Wines at 7:30 p.m., before the 9:15 p.m. showing of “SOMM.” Tickets are $15. Or, bring your “SOMM” ticket stub to House Wine through July 20, and they’ll wave the corkage fee of any bottle in the shop.
“Hey Bartender,” running July 12, 13, 15 and 18 at Gateway Film Center
Get the story behind the cocktail comeback. This documentary offers a peek inside some of New York City’s most exclusive bars, and features some of the world’s best bartenders. gatewayfilmcenter.com
“Soul Food Junkies,” playing at 5:30 p.m. July 13, at the King Arts Complex
Documentary film director Byron Hurt sets out on a historical journey about family, food and tradition in the African American community in which he grew up. His mission: to get to the heart of this culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. Hurt interviews soul food cooks, historians, scholars, doctors and family members to examine soul food’s positive and negative consequences. kingsartscomplex.com