Foodie Alert! A new film, Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent is coming to Chicago.
Where: Century Centre Cinema, 2828 North Clark Street, at Diversey (773) 248-7759
When: April 28, 2017-May 4, 2017
What is it
Jeremiah Tower was one of the founders of New American and California cuisines. The full synopsis of the film is below. It’s co-produced by Anthony Bourdain’s Zero Point Zero Production company and CNN. Read more about Mr. Tower here.
Tickets are: $12.50, 62 + $10, Students with valid ID M-Th $11. Matinee M-Th 1st show before 5pm $10, F-Su 1st show before 6pm $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance for an additional $1 per ticket fee online.
The Century Centre Theater is part of the Landmark chain. Landmark no longer has it’s members program.
Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent explores the remarkable life of Jeremiah Tower, one of the most controversial and influential figures in the history of American gastronomy. Tower began his career at the renowned Chez Panisse in Berkeley in 1972, becoming a pioneering figure in the emerging California cuisine movement. After leaving Chez Panisse, due in part to a famously contentious relationship with founder Alice Waters, Tower went on to launch his own legendary Stars Restaurant in San Francisco. Stars was an overnight sensation and soon became one of America’s top-grossing U.S. restaurants. After several years, Tower mysteriously walked away from Stars and then 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. There, he launched a journey of self-discovery familiar to anyone who has ever imagined themselves to be an artist. Featuring interviews by Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl and Martha Stewart, this delicious documentary tells the story of the rise and fall of America’s first celebrity chef, whose brash personality and culinary genius has made him a living legend. Directed by Lydia Tenaglia, producer of “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.”
The best cheap place to eat around there is the Half Shell a tiny dive restaurant serving excellent seafood. Cash only. No reservations. 676 W. Diversey Ave. 773-549-1773. The entrance is below street level.
Another option is 5411 Empanadas, 2850 N. Clark St. 773-755-5411
The theater, which is part mall, has The Century Bar, Monday-Thursday 4:00pm-10:15pm; Friday-Sunday 1:00pm-10:15pm. menu
History of the Diversey/Century Theater building
The building is a Balaban & Katz theater, the same company that built the Chicago and Oriental theaters. Whereas the two aforementioned theaters have been restored the Century has been radically altered so don’t expect any interesting architecture. I remember when the whole thing was a mall in the 90’s.