For the first time in Southern California, Celebrity Cruises, The Port Theater and award-winning Chef, Pascal Olhats joined forces to present a delicious presentation called “A Taste of Film” at the Newport Beach Film Festival.
Celebrity Cruises created this new concept to showcase its latest on-board experience which includes a new Rooftop Terrace where passengers are taken on a multi-sensory journey as they enjoy a specific cultural, culinary or destination-based film, while dining on cuisine that brings the movie’s scenes to life through guests’ taste buds. Onboard, the specially crafted, multi-course tasting menu for “A Taste of Film” was designed by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, Associate Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations for the cruiseline.
This afternoon in particular during the Newport Beach Film Festival screened “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a film that tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other a Michelin-starred French restaurant. Though we had seen it before, it was even better the second time with delectable small bites and Jackson Family wine pairings that coincided with each scene.
Guests at the event savored a total of eight courses prepared by award-winning Chef Pascal Olhats, Chef/Owner Pascal Restaurant, Café Jardine and Pascal Catering. The menu was inspired by the acclaimed film’s French and Indian cuisines.
Course #1: Warm lobster bisque with uni and spices served when the Kadam family’s restaurant in India burned down and the mother Haddam dies. Scene Details: As a child, Hassan Kadam regularly goes to market to buy uni for his parents’ restaurant and his mom taught him how to cook and to appreciate uni in the broth she would make.
Course #2: Pate and Cheese on Artisan Bread Scene Details: When the Kadam family moves to London, then to France where their van breaks down, a young French woman (a sous chef named Margaurite) rescues them and serves them cheese and pate, bread and vegetables from her garden. The family soon opens an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai across the street and 100 feet from a 1 Michelin star French restaurant run by Helen Mirren (Madam Mallory) called Le Saule Pleureur. There are continuous fights between the Kadam dad and Madam as cultures and cuisines clash.
Course #3: Curried Marsala Chicken with Naan Scene Details: Hassan’s father gives him his deceased mother’s prized spice rack. His dad says “food is memories.”
Course #4: Barbecue Sweet Corn with Béchamel Scene Details: Hassan masters the 5 sauces basic to any classic French cooking (bechamel, veloute, tomat, espagnole, mayonnaise). Margaurite explains that Madam interviews potential chefs by having them make an omelette for her.
Course #5: Baked Breast of Quail with Truffle Sauce and Fine Herb Omelette Scene Details: Hassan is offered a 6 month apprenticeship at Madam’s restaurant after he makes her a baked breast of quail dish like what she serves in the restaurant (which she pretends to hate). During the competition between the 2 restaurants, the head chef at Madam’s restaurant sets Maison Mumbai on fire and Haddam’s hands get burned. He can’t use them, but asks Madam if he can make an omelette for her with her help. So she does, following his instructions to add Indian spices; she loves it.
Course #6: Mushroom Veloute with Coriander and Boeuf Bourguignon Scene Details: Le Saule Pleureur gets its 2nd Michelin star and Hassan masters boeuf bourguignon
Course #7: Special Plate of Indian Delights (Garbanzo Beans, Indian Puff Pastry) Scene Details: Served after Hassan moves to Paris and is one of the hottest chefs on the scene but one night eats Indian food with a fellow restaurant employee and gets homesick
Course #8: Chocolate Truffle and Fruit Tartelette Scene Details: Movie closes.
A Taste of Film is available on-board the Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit and will arrive on-board Celebrity Millennium this month (May 2016) when the ship emerges from a brief refresh drydock. Along with the new Rooftop Terrace, complete with its large screen, lounges, cabanas, soundscape and decorative lighting, additional drydock enhancements include a significant refresh of the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and the conversion of both the Normandie and The Olympic specialty restaurants to one of Celebrity’s signature dining venues, Tuscan Grille, which will offer a new, modern experience.
If you are foodies like us and enjoy cruising the world then there is no better time to sail off into the sunset with Celebrity Cruises.