Jacob Burns’ Film to Table Series Offers a Lot More Than Movie Popcorn

This year’s premiere pairs Japanese comedy with a tasting menu of dumplings, ramen, noodles, and more.

If you love food as much as you love film, Jacob Burns Film Center’s Film to Table series is made for you. This year’s opening feature, screening on March 20 at 7 p.m., is Tampopo, a 1985 Japanese foodie classic. Billed as a “ramen western” (as opposed to a “spaghetti western”), it’s a hilarious comedy in which several food-related stories are woven together — with an emphasis on ramen.

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Food-focused films usually leave me craving the dishes I’ve been admiring throughout, and find me searching for those same dishes as a post-movie dinner. At JBFC’s Film to Table series, all you have to do is head upstairs to the Jane Peck Gallery, where Mogan Anthony, executive chef of Pleasantville’s Pubstreet (as well as Village Social and newly opened Locali), will be holding an innovative tasting inspired by the food in the film.

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Chef Mogan Anthony. Photo by Ed Cody

Born and raised in Malaysia, Anthony trained in Singapore before moving to New York, where he worked at Jean-Georges, Perry Street, and Spice Market. Here’s what’s on his Tampopo-inspired menu:


• Steamed buns with crispy chicken or vegetables

• Pork dumplings with chili oil

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• Butcher’s Daughter Ramen with classic condiments 

• Vegetable noodles with coconut curry and condiments


This is the first of several Film to Table events with others planned for June and September. Each evening will feature a screening followed by a tasting by Chef Anthony. For more information and to book tickets for the March 20 Tampopo screening, visit JBFC’s Film to Table series page.

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