Celebrity Cruises Presents A Taste of Film
CELEBRITY CRUISES CELEBRATES ITS LATEST ONBOARD DINING AND MOVIE EXPERIENCE WITH ‘A TASTE OF FILM’ CULTURAL-CULINARY EXPERIENCE AT THE RECENT NEWPORT BEACH FILM FESTIVAL
The historic Port Theater was the sumptuous backdrop to an afternoon of perfectly paired film and food prepared by Award-Winning Chef Pascal Olhats. Once again, Celebrity Cruises breaks new ground by bringing its latest onboard experience to land. The modern cruise brand’s new “A Taste of Film” launched with a special “sailing” at the recent Newport Beach Film Festival held April 21-28, 2016.
Now, guests onboard Celebrity’s ships can experience a multi-sensory journey in the ships new Rooftop Terrace where passengers enjoy a specific cultural, culinary or destination-based film, while dining on exquisite cuisine that brings the movie’s scenes to life through guests’ taste buds. Onboard, the specially crafted, multi-course tasting menu for “A Taste of Film” is designed by Michelin-starred chef Cornelius Gallagher, Associate Vice President, Food and Beverage Operations, Celebrity Cruises.
To celebrate this exciting culinary and film addition to Celebrity’s top ships, Celebrity Cruises hosted a screening of “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” a film that tells the story of a feud between two adjacent restaurants in a French town: one operated by a recently relocated Indian family and the other a Michelin-starred French restaurant. To enhance the film viewing experience and to simulate what passengers will be enjoying onboard, guests savored eight courses prepared by award-winning Chef Pascal Olhats, Chef/Owner Pascal Restaurant, Café Jardine and Pascal Catering. The menu, which guests will enjoy throughout the film, is inspired by the acclaimed film’s French and Indian cuisines. Each course was perfectly paired with fine wines from Jackson Family Wines.
“A Taste of Film activates all the senses to create a fully immersive and transportive experience,” said Scott Clifton, Director of Sales, Western Region. “We launched with ‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ because it emphasizes – through both story and visuals – the power of food to bring people together, and to evoke memories.”
Among the menu items delightfully prepared by Chef Pascal Olhats:
Course #1: Warm lobster bisque with uni and spices served when the Kadam family’s restaurant in India burned down and the mother Haddam dies.
Scene Details: As a child, Hassan Kadam regularly goes to market to buy uni for his parents’ restaurant and his mom taught him how to cook and to appreciate uni in the broth she would make.
Course #2: Pate and cheese on artisan bread
Scene Details: When the Kadam family moves to London, then to France where their van breaks down, a young French woman (a sous chef named Margaurite) rescues them and serves them cheese and pate, bread and vegetables from her garden. The family soon opens an Indian restaurant called Maison Mumbai across the street and 100 feet from a 1 Michelin star French restaurant run by Helen Mirren (Madam Mallory) called Le Saule Pleureur. There are continuous fights between the Kadam dad and Madam as cultures and cuisines clash.
Course #3: Curried marsala chicken with naan bread
Scene Details: Hassan’s father gives him his deceased mother’s prized spice rack. His dad says “food is memories.”
Course #4: Barbecue sweet corn with béchamel
Scene Details: Hassan masters the 5 sauces basic to any classic French cooking (bechamel, veloute, tomat, espagnole, mayonnaise). Margaurite explans that Madam interviews potential chefs by having them make an omelette for her.
Course #5: Baked breast of quail with truffle sauce and fine herb omelette
Scene Details: Hassan is offered a 6 month apprenticeship at Madam’s restaurant after he makes her a baked breast of quail dish like what she serves in the restaurant (which she pretends to hate). During the competition between the 2 restaurants, the head chef at Madam’s restaurant sets Maison Mumbai on fire and Haddam’s hands get burned. He can’t use them, but asks Madam if he can make an omelette for her with her help. So she does, following his instructions to add Indian spices; she loves it.
Course #6: Mushroom veloute with coriander and boeuf bourguignon with special spices
Scene Details: Le Saule Pleureur gets its 2nd Michelin star and Hassan masters boeuf bourguignon
Course #7: Special plate with Indian delights (garbanzo beans, Indian puff pastry)
Scene Details: Served after Hassan moves to Paris and is one of the hottest chefs on the scene but one night eats Indian food with a fellow restaurant employee and gets homesick
Course #8: Chocolate truffle and fruit tartelette
Scene Details: Everyone lived happily ever after!
A Taste of Film is available onboard Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit and will arrive onboard Celebrity Millennium in May 2016, when the ship emerges from a brief refresh drydock. Along with the new Rooftop Terrace, complete with its large screen, lounges, cabanas, soundscape and decorative lighting, additional drydock enhancements include a significant refresh of the ships’ Penthouse and Royal Suites, and the conversion of both the Normandie and The Olympic specialty restaurants to one of Celebrity’s signature dining venues, Tuscan Grille, which will offer a new, modern experience.
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