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2010 NYC Food Film Festival

2010 NYC Food Film Festival Photograph: Ryan Jensen

Food-obsessed cinephiles can eat and drink what they see on the big screen during this innovative film festival, hosted by Tribeca Cinemas (54 Varick St at Laight St, 212-941-2000; Oct 13--16). Each viewing party matches a collection of food-related documentaries, shorts and features with top-notch tastings inspired by the screenings. Grass-fed burgers, beer-infused cupcakes from Ovenly and more than a dozen craft brews fuel the kickoff party, dubbed A Cheers to Burgers and Beers (Thu 13 at 7, 7:30pm; $65, VIP $95). The patties will come from local chefs like Brett Reichler (Bill's Bar & Burger), and they'll accompany films such as "Ovenly: Reinventing Crappy Bar Snacks" and the world premiere of "Burgerlution," a documentary about how hamburgers evolved beyond fast-food culture. At the Tribeca Taco Takedown (Sat 15 at noon, 12:30pm; $45, VIP $75), check out flicks like "Hangover Tacos"—about Austin, Texas's breakfast-taco tradition—while eating your way through stuffed tortillas from local favorites like Dos Toros and Rockaway Taco. And for fans of risqu cinema, there's a tongue-in-cheek Food Porn Party (Sat 15 at 8, 8:30pm; $75, VIP $105), where revelers can sample sumptuous offerings (lobsters, pots de crme) from chef Brad Farmerie's new East Village eatery, Saxon + Parole. Films at this shindig will include a behind-the-scenes look at two showstopping pig dishes on Saxon + Parole's menu, as well as a visual exploration of the links between Parisian pastry and architecture. For the full schedule, plus $20 off VIP tickets and $10 off general admission, visit thefoodfilmfestival.com/tickets/tony; proceeds benefit the Food Bank for NYC.

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