Single Malt Whisky: The Islay 8 +
The Festival Awards Ceremony

Saturday Night, November 17, 2012
At Kendall College

 Doors open at 7:30pm

Featuring A Scottish-Inspired Menu By Chef Art Jackson and Pleasant House Bakery

Award Ceremony Hosted by NBC’s Cat Greenleaf

Hosted By and Benefiting The Good Food Project

Tickets: $65 / VIP $85

Early event details below.  More information to be added.

The Films

  • Whisky: The Islay Edition, Dir. Olav Verhoeven, 59:58 minutes, Chicago Premiere.  This feature documentary transports the viewer to a sanctum of the Scottish gold. It evokes the finesses of the liquor, the art of the tasting, the craft of the distillation, the history of the distilleries and the richness of the isle of Islay itself.
    View Trailer
  • The Benevolent Butcher: Bacon, Dir. Scott Pitts, 1:23 minutes, Chicago Premiere.
  • Food Porn, Dir. Charles Grantham, 2:44 minutes, Chicago Premiere.
  • Vegetables: Friend or Foe?, Dir. Grady Hendrix, 6 minutes
    What are vegetables? Are they here to help us or harm us? Is it true that tomatoes grow best when fertilized with human blood? Dirt Candy examines the many myths surrounding vegetables, showing us their lighter, and darker, sides using bad animation, clumsy diagrams, and pseudoscience.

The Whisky

  • Ardbeg
  • Bowmore
  • Bruichladdich
  • Bunnahabhain
  • Caol Ila
  • Kilchoman
  • Lagavulin
  • Laphroaig

The Foods

  • A Scottish-inspired menu by Chef Art Jackson and Pleasant House Bakery
  • Bacon wrapped filet
  • A special dish from NYC Chef Amanda Cohen
    and Dirt Candy

  • Select treats from Jarlsberg and Woolwich Dairy
  • Plus a decadent dessert experience featuring Chef Chelsea Kalberloh Jackson’s signature Tea Time Treats from Pleasant House Bakery, Seattle’s hand-forged Top Pot Doughnuts, and Food Porn Star Larry Cauldwell’s Sweet n’ Salty Nuts.

The Judges

The Food Film Festival is a competitive film festival that presents awards in multiple categories including: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Super-Short, Best Food Porn, Food Filmmaker of the Year and the Audience Choice Award. The Official Selections of The Food Film Festival are reviewed by a judging panel comprised of esteemed members of the food and film communities. The 2012 Chicago Food Film Festival Judges are:

  • Greg Cameron
  • Steve Dolinsky
  • Mike Gebert
  • Cat Greenleaf
  • Rick Kogan
  • Akiko Moorman
  • Matt Timms

Watch the trailer for Whisky: The Islay Edition

Festival Director George Motz * Executive Producer Seth Unger * Festival Mixologist Allen Katz


This event will take place at:
Kendall College
900 N North Branch St.
Chicago, IL 60622
Note: Details are subject to change without notice.


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