Welcome to our September 2022 edition of Movies & Munchies, a relatively new group of film-loving foodies. We all watch the same movie during the month, create a recipe inspired by the movie and post about it on our blogs and/or Instagram. It is a lot of fun and anyone is welcome to join. You can find out more on our Facebook page.
I am excited to be hosting this month and would love for you to join us in watching the rom-com set in Italy called Letters to Juliet. From New York to Verona and throughout Tuscany, there is plenty of food and wine inspiration to be had. What begins as a pre-honeymoon trip for Sophie (played by Amanda Seyfried), a fact-checker from New York, and her fiancé, Victor (played by Gael García Bernal), a chef who is about to open an Italian restaurant turns into a multi-generational roadtrip across Tuscany that doesn't include Victor at all.
Sophie has stumbled upon the Secretaries of Juliet, a group of women employed by the city of Verona to answer letters addressed to Juliet and left in the courtyard of Juliet's balcony. I vaguely remember visiting the courtyard during my trip to Verona, but, honestly, don't remember the letters! In any case, Sophie discovers a letter written half a century earlier by Claire (played by Vanessa Redgrave) and asks to answer it. She does and sets into motion a quest by recently widowed Claire to find her long-lost Italian lover Lorenzo Bartolini.
The movie is, as probably predicted, an ode to romance with some quixotic clichés. But I still found it enjoyable and inspiring into the kitchen. I hope you'll join me in watching it for this month's #MoviesandMunchies.
Watch. Create a dish or two. Post to your blog or social media before September 29th to be included in the round-up that will go live on September 30th. Drop the link for your offering in the Facebook event. Or email directly to me at culinarycami[at]gmail[dot]com.
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