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Chefs and celebrities from across the country are flocking to Park City, Utah, for this year's Sundance Film Festival, kicking off tomorrow, January 20, and running through Sunday, January 30.
So where are the film-world's famous noshing along Park City's Main Street?
Silver restaurant (508 Main St.), we hear, is the place to be for this festival's A-listers. There's a swirl of private, by-invitation-only dinners and parties being thrown at the former silver-mining headquarters (yes, this was silver country, folks), transformed by renowned architect David Rockwell into a chic eatery. (Stay tuned tomorrow for an interview with David Mexico, from The Rockwell Group). Chef Todd Mark Miller joins Silver from the kitchens of Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Prime, Las Vegas; Stephen Starr's Barclay Prime, Philadelphia; and STK, New York and Miami. In Style magazine's annual Sundance portrait studio will be set up at Silver during daytime hours to capture the Hollywood crowd. Meanwhile, upstairs at Silver, the PlayStation Green Room invites stars to demo the newest PS3 titles.
And where are all the celeb chefs who aren't Silver's Todd Mark Miller hanging out? At 427 Main Street, in the Memorial Building, downstairs from Harry O's, where ChefDance -- five nights of invitation-only dinners from January 21 to 25, is at it for the eighth year in a row. Sorry, gang, these dinners are cooked only for the casts and crews of individual films screening at Sundance.
The chefs and celeb guests scheduled to attend:
Friday, January 21 - Brian Malarkey, Season 3 Top Chef
Films: Hobo with a Gun - Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith
Vampire - Rachel Leigh Cook, Kevin Zegers, Keisha Castle-Hughes
Here - Ben Foster
Worst Enemy - Lake Bell
Saturday, January 22 - Jared Van Camp, Quality Social (Chicago), and James
Films: Higher Ground - Vera Farmiga, Joshua Leonard, John Hawkes
Grab - Parker Posey
The Music Never Stopped - Julia Ormond, Lou Taylor Pucci, H.K. Simmons, Bob
Weir, Mickey Hart
Sunday, January 23 - Kerry Simon, Palms Palace (Las Vegas)
Films: Slash - Slash
Like Crazy/Kaboom - Jennifer Lawrence, Anton Yelchin, Thomas Dekker, Haley
Bennett, Juno Temple
Monday, January 24 - Michael Chow, Mr. Chow, who is receiving the ChefDance Legend
Films: Little Birds - Juno Temple, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Kay Panabaker
Beats, Rhymes & Life - Directorial debut by actor Michael Rapaport, featuring A Tribe Called Quest
Tuesday, January 25 – Jared Young, Oasis Café, Winner of Utah Iron Chef
Films: The Lie – Joshua Leonard, Jess Weixler
Rob Lowe & Guests
Starlight Inn Screening
Upstairs from ChefDance, at perpetually hot live-concert venue Harry O's, you can join the film folk and the papparazzi to catch a glimpse of Snoop Dogg with Lil Jon, The Roots, Lauryn Hill, DJ Kaskade, and more. Check out tickets at the Harry O's site.
Over at 660 Main Street, Robert Redford's restaurant Zoom, is perennial home base for filmmaker dinners, events and parties, as well as actor interviews. It's nonstop action at Redford's joint. You might be able to snag a reservation at Zoom, but it's a tough one to come by.
And at the St. Regis Deer Valley, another film event is the topic of conversation. Chef Michael Chiarello, of Yountville, California's Bottega restaurant and NapaStyle is cooking for invitation-only dinners on January 23 and 24 to launch the November 2011 Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF).
Just in case the glitter gang misses street food, pioneering food truck Kogi, will be curbside near 825 Main Street offering up their signature tacos and double-caramelized Korean barbecue.