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Valley chefs offer food paired with film

Food and film collide in a new series this winter at the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. Each night, a different Sonoma chef will prepare a “signature taste” inspired by the movie.

Hosted by Kathleen Hill, the series is presented with the Sonoma International Film Festival, in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition, “Kitchen Memories: The Kathleen Thompson Hill Culinary Collection,” on display through Dec. 1.

The series launches this week on Thursday, Sept. 26, with “Big Night” at 7 p.m. The 1996 film stars Stanley Tucci and Tony Shalhoub as two brothers putting everything on the line to save their failing Italian restaurant. To compliment the film, Chef Lisa Lavagetto of Ramekins Culinary School, with wine provided courtesy Muscardini Cellars

Then on Thursday, Oct. 10, at 7 p.m. the series will screen the romantic drama “Like Water for Chocolate” (1992), starring Lumi Cavazos. Betty Kelly of Wine Country Chocolates and chef Dana Jaffe of Saddles at MacArthur Place will provide the nibbles. Wines that night will come from Barbed Oak Vineyard.

The series wraps up on Nov. 7 with the award-winning comedy “Julie and Julia,” starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. Chefs Sondra Bernstein and John Toulze of the girl and the fig will cook, with wine courtesy of Hughes Family Vineyards.

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