Desperate to save his failing business, a Manhattan restaurateur ruffles more than a few feathers when he makes the controversial decision to put up the iconic zebra wallpaper made world famous by the now shuttered Upper East Side institution Gino's.
Vele can’t afford to buy the expensive medications for his father who has cancer. Desperate, he steals marijuana from some criminals, makes a cake with it and gives it to his father, hoping it will reduce his pain. His father’s health miraculously improves, but Vele is suddenly confronted by neighbors who demand the recipe for the “remedial” cake and by the criminals who want their drugs back.
At the focal point of this movement, and of this film, are the farmers and chefs who are creating a truly sustainable food system. Their collaborative work has resulted in great tasting food and an explosion of consumer awareness about the benefits of eating local. Attention being paid to the local food movement comes at a time when the failings of our current industrialized food system are becoming all too clear. For the first time in history, our children's generation is expected to have a shorter lifespan than our own. The quality, taste and nutritional value of the food we eat has dropped sharply over the last fifty years. Shipped from ever-greater distances, we have literally lost sight of where our food comes from and in the process, we've lost a vital connection to our local community and to our health.
Alia Shawkat stars as Alia, a young, out-of-work actress who takes a job with Pierre, a chef in Paris. Pierre, played by real-life chef Pierre Jancou, needs the specific talents of an actress to complete an inspired dinner event. Alia becomes immersed in the rich and varied restaurant scene and ends up having to dig deep within herself to deliver what she has promised to Pierre. The concept for Pierre's dinner and Alia's role therein will be the big reveal of the film’s climactic scene.
Behind the scenes of 'Julie & Julia'.