Pittsburgh Restaurant Week runs Aug. 14-20, and to mark it, Pittsburgh Filmmakers is presenting several programs about food, cooking and community here in Pittsburgh and around the world.
Featured is the recent documentary from Grant Baldwin, Just Eat It
, which looks at food waste. Folks throw as much as 50 percent of food in the trash, so surely there is a better way. The filmmaker tries living on "discarded" food, and explores other strategies for preventing or utilizing food waste.
Also screening separately is a program of shorts: a 45-minute compendium of 16 selections from the James Beard Foundation Award-winning documentary series The Perennial Plate
, covering topics such as tea, dumpster-diving, noodles and butchering, from around the world. For local flavor, there is Chefs. Cloud, a new Pittsburgh-based project that presents one-minute-meal videos with local chefs. The 15-minute round-up includes chefs from Morcilla, Girasole, NOLA, Casbah, Brunoise, Dinette, Station, Franktuary, The Twisted Frenchman, Senti, Whitfield, Bar Marco, Thin Man Sandwich Shop, Mesa and Spork.
The films screen at both the Harris Theater, Downtown, and the Melwood Screening Room, in Oakland. Tickets are $8 for Just Eat It
, $5 for the shorts program, and $12 for both. The complete schedule, including special raffle-and-swag nights for 412 Food Rescue on Fri., Aug. 18, and Sat., Aug. 19, is here