David Sigal's documentary Florent: Queen of the Meat Market--about pixieish French provocateur Florent Morellet and his groundbreaking restaurant--will air this Sunday June 17 at 8 PM on PBS.
Florent Morellet opened the legendary 24-hour diner on Gansevoort Street in 1985 and closed it in 2008, after the landlord announced a rent increase of over $30,000 a month. We can't go back in time, but we can watch the 2011 documentary, Florent, Queen of the Meatpacking District, which chronicled ... More >>
Jeff Tidwell/FlickrFlorent closed its doors three years ago, but Gay Pride Week still doesn't feel the same without it. The week was always a big deal for Florent Morellet's iconic meatpacking district diner, which served as a LGBT community center of sorts. The restaurant was a popular place ... More >>
There's still a void where Florent once was, but beginning tonight, it will be filled a little bit, at least for a short time. A year after it hit the film festival circuit, Florent: Queen of the Meat Market has come to Cinema Village. David Sigal's documentary is a portrait of Florent Morell ... More >>
Restaurant Florent pioneered the Meatpacking District in the '80s, but after 23 years, it became driven out by the neighborhood's success, which it spearheaded to begin with! Gentrification came around and kicked them right in the Bastille day costumes. But ah, while it lasted! With Flore ... More >>
Boss Tweed/FlickrFools rush in where angels fear to tread: following the quick demise of both R&L Restaurant and Gansevoort 69, it looks like yet another entrepreneur is attempting to remake the old Florent space in his own image.
Democratic Representative Dennis Kucinich has introduced a bill that would prevent major food corps from writing off advertising of junk food targeted at kids, which could raise billions. [Huffington Post] Regardless of how many fancy foods make their way into baseball stadiums, the humble ... More >>
New Lips, old musicals, other stuff and Nunsense
A new documentary by David Sigal called Florent: Queen of the Meat Market profiles Florent Morellet's eponymous Meatpacking District bistro and its role not only as a club-kid hangout but as a hub for the gay rights movement. It features interviews with Isaac Mizrahi, Diane von Furstenberg, and th ... More >>
Hey Paul/FlickrLast year, the third annual NYC Food Film Festival gave us a documentary about mushrooms paired with a 10-course mushroom-inspired tasting menu created by Brad Farmerie. This year, both the festival and Farmerie return -- the former on June 23, and the latter on June 24, when h ... More >>
Mike Licht/NotionsCapitol.com/flickrYesterday, NYU held a panel discussion entitled "Food Show: When Performance Becomes Lunch and Why We Finally Have an Appetite for a New Sort of Cooking Show." Though the title could have used a bit of editing, the panelists were a well-curated bunch: Harol ... More >>
This week in blogs... Chowhound aims to answer the question of hot to deal with "restaurant food gawking," that is when fellow diners star hungrily at your food. [Chowhound] Eat Me Daily reacted to the recent Gourmet piece on Alice Waters, denouncing the author for defending the slow food maven by ... More >>
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