foraged films – themed food, decor & a diy

film fest_scene setupYour patience is now rewarded…the promised table decor, replete with eggshells and a cornish hen under a bell jar. Nope, we didn’t eat it, but attendees were immediately curious just what they were in for, knowing that food was promised at the event only to be told not to dine off the buffet table.

cheeky chicken displayTheir patience was also rewarded. [Read more…]

foraged films – a larks & japes production

videology sandwich boardThere’s something sort of magical about the collective experience of watching a movie – laughing at the same moment, perhaps squirming or emitting a tiny scream. When we first had the idea for a food related film night, we aimed for everything from the decor to the menu to enhance the immersive aspect of what we’d see onscreen. Sometimes the result might be a spit-take, while this particular pairing might get a moan, but all in the name of fun. Credit can pretty much go back to spending many evenings at Alamo Drafthouse when we lived in Austin. You make fast friends with whomever sits next to you, with a silent acknowledgement that everyone in the room is somehow ‘in the know’ or at least down for whatever is coming their way. Also, it’s not hard to sit through even the worst production when you can drink during the flick.

spiced popcorn and diy paper cone

Choosing a venue for our own movie night was a no-brainer. Most accommodating videology in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn stocks both a bar and videos for rent, plus houses an incredible screening room.

film fest_tomFinding a master of ceremony for the evening was also easy, as Jacque’s mister happens to know a thing about comedy shorts and how to make a bad joke sound good (google Titanic, Sanka). Tracking down a chef with a sense of humor along with kitchen skills proved a piece of cake as well, when busy caterer Ryan Brown suggested that we contact a talented startup, The Cocktail Party Chef (Karen Ferries). One glimpse at her creative styling and inspired small bites and we knew we’d found our culinary co-conspirator. A Prosecco tinged brainstorming session over oysters sealed the deal. Just wait ’til you see her tablescape… [Read more…]

citrus splice cocktail

We like to think that our food & foraged films fest at videology was a success due to the amazing space, hors’ d’oeuvres (a few recipes to come), host and clips but we have a sneaking suspicion that the featured cocktail played a big part in everyone’s enjoyment of the evening.

deer hunter / citrus splice

citrus splice cocktail (aka the deer hunter)
recipe type: cocktail
serves: 1
switched out Regans orange bitters for our own citrus & Old Crow rather than Jim Beam
  • 2 oz Old Crow
  • 1 oz Fernet
  • ½ ounce Aperol
  • 3-4 dashes Angostura
  • 3-4 dashes larks & japes homemade Citrus Bitters*
  1. Stir ingredients and strain onto fresh ice in an Old Fashioned Glass
  2. Top with an orange twist

larksandjapes drink ticketlarks & japes DIY citrus bitters kit

l&j presents…food + foraged films


an evening of short films + clips related to food, entertaining & etiquette curated by larks & japes, hosted by Tom Schiller.

weird • funny • obscure • instructional • questionable • strange

loosely themed hors d’oeuvres provided by the cocktail party chef

ticket price includes admission, 1 drink or beer, popcorn, screening & small bites

December 5, 2013
7:30-9:30 pm
corner of 308 Bedford Avenue & South 1st Street
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

toasting a wine tasting kit

larks and japes aroma wheelWe are excited to share a new l&j kit – inside is everything you need for a collaborative wine tasting party, plus food pairing tips. We’ve taken our share of vino classes (and the like), still far from becoming experts, we realized that truly knowing wine can be an overwhelming task and we admittedly appreciate the advice and recommendations of those “in the know”. We’ve found the most useful lesson is to simply learn what type of wine you actually like in the most general of terms…a light bodied or off-dry white, an Old or New World red? Once you discover that, you know what to ask for! We thought this concept would translate well to a party at home, so we got to work designing a collection of lovely paper accoutrements and commissioned our much loved and enthusiastic collaborators at Blackbird Letterpress to print a few of the keepsake components.larks and japes assembled wine kit [Read more…]