Art of Food — Produced by Monica Rogozinski

The Geographical Society of Philadelphia was founded in 1891 by people with a passion for exploration and travel. The 2nd annual GEOfest is a film, speaker and food festival featuring renowned explorers, scientists and travelers, running in various locations throughout Philadelphia and the Main Line. This year the festival will be accompanied by GEOfeast, and each event will be paired with a feast inspired by the explorer’s journeys.

Art of Food features the documentary “Opening Our Eyes”, a 99-day journey around the world, searching for ordinary people who are reaching extraordinary feats. Catering By Design will create dishes from Greece, Italy and Switzerland to help transport the audience to the places featured on the film. We also see how Chef Guillermo Pernot from the restaurant Cuba Libre keeps his menu up to date with modern cuban cuisine, and Chef Joseph Poon will take us on a tour of Chinatown and visit the Chinese Fortune Cookie Factory.

Extended interview with Chef Guillermo Pernot of Cuba Libre

After more than five decades of embargo between the US and Cuba, cultural exchange between the two comes with ardent curiosity. Cuba Libre’s Chef, Guillermo Pernot provides a backdrop to the contemporary movement in Cuban cuisine called Paladares: restaurants run by self-employers. Pernot provides his knowledge of the Cuban movement in association with the Geographical Society of Philadelphia’s annual GEOfest. — Edited by John Shirk

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