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A Taste of Film: Newport Beach Film Festival Epicurean Adventure

We attended as a guest

Port Theater

I have had the honor of walking World Premiere Red Carpets and attending film events for many of the top blockbuster movies, but recently I attended a culinary film event during the Newport Beach Film Festival that was one of my most memorable movie events yet. Chef Pascal Olhats created a culinary masterpiece themed after the film “100-Foot Journey” at the Port Theater in Newport Beach, recreating a sample of what guests can experience during “A Taste of Film” on select Celebrity Cruises.

When we first arrived, we walked the red carpet that led into the plush remodeled lobby of the historic Port Theater. We were greeted with a glass of sparkling champagne that we toasted before beginning an unforgettable night during the film festival.

Inside the Port Theater

Celebrity Cruises

Once the doors to the theater opened, everyone took their seats in one of the plush leather seats where a glass of Jackson Family Wine was awaiting us next to a menu and a twinkling candle. It was a beautiful environment that was unlike anything else I have seen before.

As the lights began to dim, the film started to play, and the theater filled with the spicy aroma of incents. We immediately felt like we were immersed into the world where the young Indian chef named Hassan Kadam was tantalizing our taste buds while he was preparing Indian and French food in the film.



Themed perfectly with the different scenes in the movie, a server would deliver us one of the eight delicious courses prepared by Chef Pascal. We savored french and Indian flavors of curried masala chicken, baked breast of quail with a truffle sauce, boeuf bourguignon, and Indian delights. All of the eight courses were paired to perfection with wines from the highly acclaimed Jackson Family Winery.

French Food

You are invited to experience “A Taste of Film” onboard Celebrity Infinity and Celebrity Summit cruises starting in May of 2016. A Taste of Film experience onboard Celebrity’s ships includes a new Rooftop Terrace, culinary or destination-based film while dining on the cruise. The tasting menu aboard the ship is designed by Michelin-starred Chef Cornelius Gallagher. Learn more about upcoming cruises featuring “A Taste of Film” online at

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