2003_10_portale.jpgOmnium Gatherum, the new play at the Variety Arts Theater in the East Village, gets a write-up in the Times. However, in the food section, because the play centers around a lavish meal. And in a brilliant marriage between art and edible art, the play's publicist and its designer David Rockwell struck upon the idea of nearby chefs supplying the food - Alfred Portale of Gotham Bar and Grill will finish up his rotation, and Bobby Flay is next up, then David Walzog of Strip House. The lines in the play that concern food change with the new menus, and the chefs keep the actors food issues in mind, since it's 90 minutes of Method eating.

There are some plays with food involved: Cookin' about a Korean banquet; Tony 'N' Tina's Wedding. But you get to see the food close up in these movies: Eat Drink Man Woman; Big Night; Like Water For Chocolate; Babette's Feast. And for a great dinner time scene, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.