You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Chefs offer Sundance goers an alternative

Chefdance brings film teams, financers together for fine dining

“There’s a lot of great restaurants in Park City. The problem is, they’re all packed, and every film wants to host a dinner for their cast and executives,” said Kenny Griswold, who along with Mimi Kim launched Chefdance nine years ago to give festgoers a relaxed chance to eat and schmooze.

The five-night series of dinners kicks off tonight at 427 Main St. (the former Harry O’s space) with a roster of intriguing chefs cooking for two festival film teams each night. Films include Spike Lee’s “Red Hook Summer” and comedy “Save the Date.”

Each dinner hosts 250 guests, a mix of filmmakers, talent and execs from the invited films and finance professionals from private equity and banking groups in an atmosphere where “you can actually finish a conversation,” Griswold said.

Tonight’s dinner is by chefs from San Diego’s Sea Rocket Bistro, with such imaginative touches as kimchi cotton candy and pork cheeks with apple pop rocks and mustard paint. Saturday’s dinner offers a rare chance to taste Tijuana chef Javier Plascencia’s food outside of Mexico. The Baja Med cuisine pioneer will serve dishes including sous vide beef tongue with black mole and yellowfin tuna parfait. “Top Chef” winner Hung Huynh prepares a seafood-focused menu Sunday, while Monday’s dinner from “Iron Chef” judge Donatella Arpaia features gnocchi with white truffles.

Griswold said the fact that no money changes hands — Nicholas Foods provides many of the ingredients — helps cultivate a relaxed atmosphere the finance pros appreciate.

Chefdance’s dinner-party format, which also addresses the difficulty in securing Park City reservations, has spawned other chef-driven events during the fest.

The Supper Club takes over the Blue Iguana with restaurateur-TV host Todd English working with chefs including Zakary Pelaccio of New York’s Fatty Crab. “Top Chef” alum Marcel Vigneron toplines Supper Suite at Montage Deer Valley, while Goodnight Gansevoort at the One Group House serves up dinners for pics including “Lay the Favorite” from New York restaurants STK and Asellina.

More Film

  • Tessa Thompson'Avengers: Endgame' Film Premiere, Arrivals,

    'Avengers: Endgame's' Tessa Thompson Says Valkyrie Would Spoon Captain Marvel, Thor

    Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” had no problem addressing speculation about the character’s sexuality at the “Endgame” red carpet premiere Monday. The “Sorry to Bother You” actress explained that she played her Marvel character as bisexual. “In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    Writers Guild Says Over 7,000 Members Have Fired Agents

    Over 7,000 members of the Writers Guild of America have fired their talent agents, the Hollywood union said on Monday. As promised, the guild delivered a first round of termination letters to agents in a show of support for the WGA’s full-on war with the Association of Talent Agents. “Today the Guild delivered a first [...]


    Brazil’s Ancine Freezes Incentives, Threatening Film-TV Industry Paralysis

    Brazil’s Ancine agency, its foremost public-sector source of film funding, has frozen all of its incentive programs, potentially near paralyzing new production in Latin America’s biggest film-TV industry. The dramatic decision, which has left Brazil’s industry is a state of shock and intense fear for its future, comes as it has taken further hits. In [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson

    Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with STXfilms on the upcoming romantic-comedy “Marry Me.” Kat Coiro is directing the film and Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to join the pic, which will likely shoot this fall. The script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Lopez and Wilson both [...]

  • Steve Golin The Revenant Spotlight Producer

    Steve Golin, Prolific Producer and Founder of Anonymous Content, Dies at 64

    Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, died Sunday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 64. Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, [...]

  • David Leitch Kelly McCormick

    'Hobbs & Shaw' Director David Leitch, Kelly McCormick Sign First-Look Deal With Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures is signing David Leitch, his longtime producing partner, Kelly McCormick and their recently founded 87North Production banner to a first-look production deal. “David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles,” said Universal’s president Peter Cramer. “We are confident [...]

  • Still from cannes competition film "Parasite"

    Cannes: Bong Joon-ho Says ‘Parasite’ Is Too Local to Win Competition

    Having been partially responsible for the Netflix fall out with the Cannes Film Festival, “Okja” and “Snowpiercer” director Bong Joon-ho returns to Cannes competition this year with conventionally- financed “Parasite.” But the Korean-language film is a tragicomedy that Bong says may be too nuanced for the festival. “Cannes always makes me feel excited, fresh, and [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content