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Student group event pairs beverages with 'Babette's Feast'

Thursday, November 10, 2011

From classic film "Babette's Feast"

A wine tasting pairs with a showing of the acclaimed film “Babette’s Feast” in an event on Sunday, Nov. 13 sponsored by the K-State student chapter of Professional Convention Management Association and Friends of the Beach Museum of Art.

The film will be presented at 3:30 p.m. at the museum. The film is free, but reservations are recommended.

Following the film, the student organization’s annual tasting event will feature wine and nonalcoholic beverages with hors d’oeuvres inspired by French cuisine. Tickets are $10 per person. Space is limited and reservations are required by noon Friday.

“Babette’s Feast,” a Danish film, won the 1987 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film and is based on the story by Isak Dinesen (Karen Blixen), who also wrote the story, which inspired the 1985 Academy Award winning film “Out of Africa.”

In the film, Philippa (Hanne Stensgaard) and Martina (Vibeke Hastrup) turn down the chance to leave their Danish town in the late 18th century, instead staying to care for their pastor father and his small church. Thirty-five years later, a French woman (Stéphane Audran) seeks refuge, and Philippa and Martina (now Bodil Kjer and Birgitte Federspie) take her in. The feast the woman prepares in gratitude is eclipsed only by her secret.

Rated G, the film has been called a food classic. It "shares many characteristics with other food films. First and foremost, it lovingly details the many pleasures of food . . . it celebrates the senses. It invests cuisine—very pointedly French cuisine—with incomparable transformative powers. The spectacular repast that crowns the film conjures up a vision of spiritual well-being created by the transcendent artistry of a chef who sacrifices all for her art and, through that art, recreates her country. This restitution of place and resurrection of time makes the most powerful case yet for the intimate drama of culinary metamorphosis," wrote Priscilla Parkhurst Ferguson in her book "Accounting for Taste: The Triumph of French Cuisine."

Call or email Ladonna Piper at 785-532-7718 or ladonnap@k-state.edu to make reservations for either or both events. Tasting tickets are also available from PCMA vice president Kolbie Johnson at johnsonk@ksu.edu. Betsy Barrett, associate professor in hospitality management and dietetics, is the PCMA sponsor.

The Beach Museum of Art is on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building.

Prepared by K-State communications and marketing and Human Ecology communications

This article was posted on Thursday, November 10, 2011, and is filed under College News, Hospitality Management.