14 Jan ‘Dinner in Abruzzo’ + ‘A Wife Called Phoenicia’

It’s a return engagement for this documentary short from Free Press restaurant critic Mark Kurlyandchik – but with a couple new twists. Two of the Detroit area’s best chefs – James Rigato (Mabel Gray) and Luciano Del Signore (Bacco Ristorante) – take a culinary trip to Del Signore’s parents’ hometown in Abruzzo, Italy, to attend a cousin’s wedding and seriously cook for much of his Italian family for the first time. Rigato, an Italian-American, has never been to Italy and learns about his mentor and his own heritage in one whirlwind cooking adventure. Unrated; some adult language and profanity. 

The film will pair with “A Wife Called Phoenicia,” a new short from Kurlyandchik that takes an inside look at the family-run Birmingham Lebanese restaurant Phoenicia, which has been in business for nearly five decades. Nothing objectionable.

Special event: A limited number of tickets to this screening will include a full dinner at the nearby Chartreuse restaurant. The meal will be inspired by “Dinner in Abruzzo” and prepared by Rigato and Del Signore.  Part of the Freep Film Festival’s Food on Film series. 

5 p.m. Sun., April 15, Marvin and Betty Danto Lecture at the DIA

6 p.m. Sun, April 15, Chartreuse Kitchen and Cocktails (separate ticket required)

‘Dinner in Abruzzo’
YEAR 2017
RUN TIME 30 minutes
Directed by Mark Kurlyandchik
‘A Wife Called Phoenicia’
YEAR 2018
RUN TIME 10 minutes
Directed by Mark Kurlyandchik