My good friends, who I admire dearly — Natasha Subramaniam & Alisa Lapidus are a multimedia artist, filmmaker duo who create unconventional, dynamic work that seeks the push the visual and narrative parameters of representing cuisine and gastronomy. Deeply inspired by the raw beauty and culture of food, they co-founded the Los Angeles based studio, CHAYKA SOFIA, with a passion to produce interdisciplinary projects that merge the cinematic and culinary worlds.
This is a clip from Zergüt, an animated film by my friends Natasha Subramaniam & Alisa Lapidus. It’s just enchanting.
Visit their website to see more amazing footage and other gorgeous films.
I had been living in Italy for a while, and on one occasion, during a trip to Sicily, I saw a dish on the menu that I’d been meaning to try. There it was — cavallo — Italian for horse. I placed the order, opened my palette with a caprese salad, and awaited this taboo of a culinary tradition. Between the men eyeing us rather than their women, and the legitimate gun-toting mafioso at my right, the entire dining experience was really something of an Italian farce. Once ready, the dish was placed before me: a la carte and overcooked by the looks of it. I had it in the form of a steak. It was gamey but delicious — not something life-changing, but well worth the bribing rights.