Los Angeles Film Fest starts Thursday at L.A. Live and surrounding theaters, and this year's edition has several food-related pics as well as special deals at Downtown restaurants for festgoers.
Here's one I'm checking out for sure: "Bitter Feast," with an appearance by Mario Batali, stars James LeGros as a chef who kidnaps a food blogger who gives his cooking show a bad review. It screens Friday at 9:45 p.m. and Sunday at 10 p.m. at the Downtown Independent.
On Saturday, Jonathan Gold talks about food and film at the screening of "Udon," the premiere of a Japanese comedy about, of course, an udon noodle factory. The film shows at 4 p.m. at the Downtown Independent.
Next Saturday, June 26 at 7:15 p.m. is the Regal Cinemas screening of "Kings of Pastry," a documentary about French pastry chefs in competition, from documentary filmmakers D.A. Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
Downtown restaurants are offering tons of discounts to ticketholders during the 10 day festival, from $7 cocktails at the Association to 50% off beer or wine flights at Bottle Rock, to extended happy hour at Library Bar and free sundaes at Pitfire Pizza.