Various chefs from the D.C. area — including James Beard Foundation Award winner Aaron Silverman — have signed on to offer their take on the restaurant business following the nationwide premiere of hospitality-focused documentary New Chefs on the Block on Wednesday, April 4.
The movie tracks then-aspiring restaurateurs Silverman and Frank Linn, the founder of Frankly Pizza In Kensington, Maryland, as they attempt to piece together their debut ventures. Director Dustin Harrison-Atlas, who is related to Linn by marriage, followed both Rose’s Luxury and Frankly Pizza from start to finish beginning in early 2013. The end product, which also happens to star late-chef Michel Richard, screened locally last spring at AFI Docs but has never had a wide release.
As part of a distribution deal Harrison-Atlas made with Landmark Theatres, the movie is scheduled to show in 14 cities around the country from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on April 4. Harrison-Atlas has arranged post-screening Q&As for select showings, including the one he’ll be attending at the Landmark theater at 657 W. 57th Street in Manhattan along with NCOTB stars Silverman, Linn, BJ Lieberman (Rose’s Luxury), and Kate Diamond (Frankly Pizza).
Drew Adams, a Rose’s Luxury alum (he’s in the movie) who is now executive chef at Bourbon Steak, and Reid Shilling, a Dabney alum working to open his first restaurant, Shilling Canning Company, later this year in Navy Yard, are scheduled to handle the Q&A following the screening here in D.C. at the E Street theater (555 11th Street NW). Meanwhile, Brad Deboy, a Blue Duck Tavern alum who is now executive chef at Mount Pleasant newcomer Elle, and Maydan co-executive chef Chris Morgan are set to take questions following the screening at the Bethesda Row theater (7235 Woodmont Avenue).
Additional screenings are also scheduled to take place at Landmark theaters in the following cities: Atlanta; Berkeley, California; Boston; Chicago; Dallas; Denver; Philadelphia; Miami; San Francisco; San Jose, California; and Seattle. Tickets for the screenings are $15 per person.
Harrison-Atlas says that if enough tickets are sold for the April 4 showings, Landmark could add more screenings.