El Bulli Documentary Screens in Long Beach This Sunday

You think you have to cook under pressure this Thanksgiving? Imagine being a young stagiaire and invent a new dish that'll impress the master of avant-garde cuisine Ferran Adrià. That's just one snapshot within the documentary film El Bulli: Cooking in Progress.

The only Los Angeles-area screening plays this Sunday, November 27 at 2 p.m. at the Art Theater of Long Beach. Chef Adrià closed El Bulli as a restaurant earlier this year, and transformed it into a culinary academy, so this film is the closest most of us will ever get to experiencing the near-mythic 30+ course tasting menus.

As of this writing, there is only one showing scheduled at the Art Theater, and we suspect that it will sell out. Advance purchases for this film are available online, or in person at the The Art for $9. Event spokesperson Diane Gershuny said that the theater may extend the engagement based on the response to the first screening, but for now, it's one show only. You snooze, you lose.

Art Theater of Long Beach. 2025 E. 4th Street. Long Beach; (562) 438-5435. www.arttheaterlongbeach.com.

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I love the Art Theater in Long Beach and that stretch of 4th Street...but foodies, beware, don't be tempted to eat at Lola's across the street.  Unmemorable food and the most watery carafe of sangría I've ever had.  Unpolished service, too.  Too bad 'cause it's a charming little place (with patio), nicely decorated on the inside. 

If you're hungry, walk about 0.5 miles east and try Kafe Neo...never been, but we wished we ate there instead:


Sven Erikson
Sven Erikson

The people in Lieberman's casserole club have Fargo. The Bulli foodists get "a gleaming documentary ... immaculately crafted ...." MOLECULAR BUTTER ON THE POPCORN!!!

Even though Minnesota has much more to offer than casseroles, I'll take Fargo, especially if I can have a simple dish of lingonberries for dessert.

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