There’s the Sundance list, there’s the Slamdance list — and now there’s the Bon Appetit list, the magazine’s selection of a half-dozen films that are paired with celebrity chefs for a private dinner during the Sundance Film Festival for 100 guests of the producers’ choosing.
Chefs for the second edition of the Bon Appetit Supper Club, which runs Jan. 18-21, include Food Network starlets Giada DeLaurentiis and Cat Cora. The films’ selection process appears to be nothing if not eclectic; they include American Spectrum selection “Bottle Shock” starring Alan Rickman and Bill Pullman, competition entry “The Wackness” starring Ben Kingsley and Mary-Kate Olsen, Mark Pellington‘s Sundance premiere “Henry Poole Is Here” — and “The Hottie and the Nottie,” a February Regent Entertainment release that has no Park City relevance beyond its star Paris Hilton, who’s made a habit of hanging out at the fest for years.
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That said, Bon Appetit makes a point of describing its event as a “sanctuary” from the kinds of Hilton-fueled crowds and paparazzi that have come to define Park City’s Main Street during Sundance.
“Our advertisers want to have this whole space filled with the right people,” says Bon Appetit VP and publisher Paul Jowdy, who launched the event at the 2007 fest.
This year, Bon Appetit has the run of Sundance staple Riverhorse Cafe for six nights (two of which are devoted to prep and teardown) — no doubt to the annoyance of other party planners and those who aren’t on the clipboard each night.
“The producers submit a list,” says Jowdy, lest anyone start blaming his staff for blocking entry. “It’s like a wedding you’re not invited to.”