In the film Benny and Joon, there is a hilarious scene in which Sam (Johnny Depp) is creating grilled cheese sandwiches on an ironing board -- pressing them down with a hot iron and giving the bread a beautiful golden brown color. As he is doing this, Joon (Mary Stuart Masterson) comments, "Some cultures are defined by their relationship to cheese." It's an eccentric line, from an equally eccentric movie -- but the point is clear: cheese (and more specifically grilled cheese) is an American staple.
Lots of cooks and foodies are on a quest for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. And not for nothing, it is considered one of the all-time great comfort foods. Something about that crunch of bread toasted in butter, the smooth, melting interior of cheeses that pull away in strings -- that makes it a culinary perfection bite after bite.
Sure, the French have their own Croque Monsieur and Croque Madame; but it is the American invention of sliced bread that helped beget the grilled cheese sandwich as we know it. In other words, grilled cheese might just be the greatest thing since sliced bread! This Sunday, March 17, you'll have a chance to watch our Chef Shellie Kark create this American classic.
Food on Film: Chef Kark Cooks from the film Chef
Sunday, March 17, 10:30am-12pm @ Cultivated Synergy, 2901 Walnut Street, Denver 80205
Chef Shellie Kark takes her inspiration from Hollywood for our March cooking demos. Chef explores the struggle faced by all creatives: holding onto a unique vision while the world pushes toward uniformity. Chef Kark will bring the film to life with recipes and samples right from the film.
Free and open to all; recipes and samples included. Please register to attend.
Check out these two foodie clips!