I am humbled—and overjoyed—to have the honor of interviewing LA Times restaurant critic and Pulitzer Prize–winning food writer Jonathan Gold as part of the Flatirons Food Film Festival. Now in its fourth year, the fest again takes the Boulder stage October 20–24 with a banner lineup.

City of Gold, which digs into Gold’s way of thinking, exploring, and writing about the culturally rich and culinarily diverse Los Angeles, screens Saturday night. Gold, himself will introduce the film, and I will interview him on stage afterward. The opportunity to tap such an iconic voice is consistent with the quality of programming festival director Julia Joun has become known for.

The four-day fest kicks off Thursday with a screening of Dough, which explores the unlikely partnership of a curmudgeonly Jewish baker and a marijuana-selling Muslim teenager. Joshua Pollack of the newly re-opened Rosenberg’s Bagel & Delicatessen will introduce the film. Friday evening’s show includes a collection of short films about chef Danny Bowien of the much-revered Mission Chinese, a gourmet weed dinner at the late-Hunter S. Thompson’s house, the best cocktail bar in Asia, and oysters.

The weekend yields full-day celebrations, with Saturday kicking off with a children’s tour of the Boulder Farmers’ Market, as well as a series of kid-specific food flicks. Later in the day, the adult films will resume with Fear No Fruit and SOMM: Into The Bottle (the SOMM screening includes a wine tasting) before the City of Gold program begins at 7:15 p.m.

Sunday’s lineup is devoted to the growing problem and hot-button issue of food waste with the films Just Eat It and Theater of Life, which are followed by a panel discussion with Boulder Food Rescue’s Lindsey Loberg, Theater of Life director Peter Svatek, and Mad Agriculture’s Philip Taylor.

The festival wraps up on Monday with a Bristol Bay Sockeye Salmon dinner at Basta (which recently landed #2 on our list of 25 Best Restaurants). Basta chef-owner Kelly Whitaker will be joined by Rosenberg’s Pollack and Arcana’s Kyle Mendenhall.

For a full schedule, as well as film locations, times, and prices, click here.

Amanda M. Faison
Amanda M. Faison
Freelance writer Amanda M. Faison spent 20 years at 5280 Magazine, 12 of those as Food Editor.