Park City – The ChefDance Media Lounge was the place to keep warm during day 1 of the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, January 23. The space on 427 Main Street helped top tier-casts escape the cold at the Indiegogo Lounge, where live-streaming interviews were conducted with Sundance films including:
“Misery Loves Company” starring Lisa Kudrow, Kevin Smith and Kevin Pollack
“James White” starring Christopher Abbott, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi and Ron Livingston
“D TRAIN” starring James Marsden, Jack Black, Kathryn Hahn and Jeffrey Tambor
“Ten Thousand Saints” starring Ethan Hawke, Hailee Steinfeld, Emile Hirsch and Avan Jogia
“Stockholm, PA” starring Saoirse Ronan, Jason Isaacs and Cynthia Nixon
“Nasty Baby” starring Kristen Wiig and Alia Shawkat
Attendees like Jason Segal, Michael Shannon and Mamie Gummer relaxed in the Marimekko-decorated space, while Adrian Grenier stopped to fill up on coffee from Tim Hortons Café & Bake Shop to brave the rest of his busy schedule promoting indie project “52: The Search for the Loneliest Whale in the World”.
The ChefDance Dinner Series – presented by Victory Farms – once again united the finest chefs with the best films for the ultimate culinary excellence for its inaugural night at Sundance 2015. At the opening night of the 12th Anniversary, Chef Steven Fretz of The Church Key in Los Angeles controlled the kitchen and filled the stomachs of the stars of Sundance film “Stockholm, PA”, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Isaacs and Cynthia Nixon.
During the evening, Breaking Bad’s RJ Mitte was spotted enjoying the scene and chatting with guests at his family-style table. Guest raved about the Crispy Pork Belly entree, prepared with Premier Meat Company, and Salt for Life, a blend of naturally sourced potassium salt and sea salt.
Prior to taking their dinner seat – decorated with Marimekko’s signature decorative tablecloths and napkins –attendees enjoyed crafted cocktails by Anchor Distilling and sparkling wine by Freixenet Spanish Cava.
The 2015 ChefDance Media Lounge continues until Monday and the ChefDance dinner series continues until Tuesday evening. The full chef line-up – with chefs from Bravo’s new show “Best New Restaurant” – is below!
Friday, January 23 – Chef Steven Fretz (Church Key, Los Angeles)
Saturday, January 24 – Chef Parind Vora (Jezebel, Austin)
Sunday, January 25 – Chef Shawn Armstrong (Montage Hotel, Utah)
Monday, January 21 – Chef Dustin Trani (Doma, Los Angeles)
Tuesday, January 22 – Chef Paola Dorigato (Dolce, Miami)