Foodie: A Short, Dark Comedy Horror Film

As North Carolina’s most powerful Jewish barbecue blogger, I have a large bully pulpit (and you know what they say about guys with large bully pulpits).  From time to time I use that power to try and help make the world a better place.  Today is not one of those times.

Instead, I am using my bully (swiney?) pulpit to plug a new film being produced by a couple of buddies of mine.  Eric “Raw BBQ” Calhoun and the Rev. Eryk Pruitt have launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the film, Foodie, which they describe as follows:

“Foodie” is a short, dark comedy horror film about, well, foodies.  Our hero, an aspiring restauranteur, is invited to an exclusive gourmet dinner party finds much more on the menu than he bargained for…

Intrigued?  Check out a short video preview at this link on Kickstarter or visit the project website. Aside from having the opportunity to say you helped kickstart a film being made by two guys named Eric/Eryk who spell their name wildly differently, your donation will get the project off the ground and get you in line for rewards like DVDs of the film, dinner from a terrific Durham chef, and more.  Plus, both Eric and Eryk are barbecue enthusiasts and I’m sure they’d appreciate some help from their barbecue brethren.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, readers.  In honor of the holiday, I’d like take a few minutes to consider all the things for which I am thankful this year.  Here’s my list, which I present in no particular order yet numbered to give the appearance that significant time went into preparing it.

  1. I give thanks that swine flu is not transmitted via barbecue.
  2. I am thankful there are still a few dozen barbecue joints in NC that cook the traditional way over wood coals (alas, there are many hundreds more that do not).
  3. I give thanks that a couple of the wood-cooked barbecue joints are run by young guys who I hope will be in business for a long time.
  4. I am thankful that, after tasting barbecue all over North Carolina, I still think my local joint ranks among the state’s best.
  5. I am thankful that there are people out there–like you–who think reading about barbecue is interesting (at least relative to preparing TPS reports, or whatever you are supposed to be doing when you visit this website).
  6. I give thanks that The Rib Rabbi’s family will be joining my family for Thanksgiving.
  7. I am thankful that the out of town guests joining us for Thanksgiving have requested that barbecue be served alongside the turkey (though this may indicate nothing more than a distrust of our ability to cook turkey).
  8. I am thankful that Steve Raichlen’s Up in Smoke newsletter this month featured a recipe for barbecuing turkey.
  9. I am thankful that my wife is willing to let me risk ruining Thanksgiving by barbecuing a turkey for the first time.
  10. I give thanks that my 2-year old daughter is not old enough to physically restrain me from eating two barbecue lunches in one day.
  11. I am thankful that the makers of Tofurkey, still reeling from the soy flu epidemic, have yet to produce soy barbecue. 

Thanks for reading and have a wonderful Thanksgiving, whether your meal features turkey, tofu, or barbecue.