JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT is a character exploration of the legendary chef – and the enigmatic mystery of his genius. Already a celebrated chef at Chez Panisse, in 1985 Jeremiah Tower left to launch his own legendary Stars restaurant, in San Francisco – considered the revolutionary birthplace of distinctly American ‘nouvelle cuisine.’ Years later, Tower mysteriously closed Stars and disappeared from the scene for nearly two decades, only to resurface in the most unlikely of places: New York City’s fabled but troubled Tavern on the Green – launching a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. The film is directed by Lydia Tenaglia and executive produced by Anthony Bourdain. JEREMIAH TOWER: THE LAST MAGNIFICENT opens in theaters on Friday, April 14th.
Join the Southern Food & Beverage Museum to view the film at the Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and welcoming remarks from Chef John Besh and Chef Zachary Engel of Shaya Restaurant begin at 6:45 PM. Film will show at 7:00 PM. Following a brief Q&A, join us next door at SoFAB for a meet and greet with Jeremiah Tower. Beverages courtesy Cathead Vodka.
Copies of Chef Tower's new NY Times bestselling book Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) will be available for purchase and autographs.
Advance ticket sales will close at 6:00 PM, but tickets will be available at the door. $25 per person, $20 for SoFAB Members, and $15 for Culinary Students.
Interested in volunteering? We need a few extra hands to handle check in and to help manage the meet and greet at SoFAB after the film. Please see opportunities and sign up below!
About the Chef
Chef Jeremiah Tower is an American celebrity chef who, as told by Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, and others like Martha Steward in the CNN biopic about him (The Last Magnificent), is credited with developing the culinary style known as California cuisine, and shaping what has become known as the American culinary movement starting as the chef and co-owner of Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 1984, Tower opened his own restaurant, Stars, in San Francisco. It was an overnight sensation. The restaurant was among the top-grossing restaurants in the United States for close to a decade.
Tower's first book, New American Classics, won a James Beard Foundation Award in 1986 for "Best American Regional Cookbook." He has published several other successful cookbooks. In 1996, Tower won the Foundation's Award for the "Outstanding Chef of the Year.”