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‘Ottolenghi and the Cake of Versailles’ a Feast for Eyes
Wednesday, March 10, 2021


Yotam Ottolenghi, an Israeli-British chef and bestselling cookbook author, gained a cult following due to the inventive dishes he trotted out at his delicatessen in the Notting Hill district of London.

The London Evening Standard once remarked that he had radically rewritten the way Londoners cook and eat. Ottlenghi himself has said that he wants “drama in the mouth.”

The film “Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles” follows this colorful character as he brings the sumptuous art and decadence of Versailles to life in cake form at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

And you can see it for yourself as the Sun Valley Museum of Art shows the film at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11, at Magic Lantern Cinemas in Ketchum.

The film follows Ottolenghi and renowned dessert artists Dominique Ansel and Dinara Kasko as they create a true feast, complete with a cocktail whirlpool, posh Jell-O shots, architectural mousse cakes, chocolate sculptures, swan pastries and an edible garden.

Ottlenghi acts as a guide throughout, serving up the history of such ingredients such as sugar and chocolate.

“As we head into spring, we’ll be sharing some fun films that focus on things we love: food, travel and dogs. We’ll be presenting the Oscar Shorts, too!” said Kristine Bretall, Director of Performing Arts at the Sun Valley Museum of Art.

“Ottolenghi”will be followed by:

  • “Stray,” a film about three dogs that live in the streets of Turkey’s capital city, on Thursday, March 18.
  • “Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy,” which focuses on 97-year-old British chef Diana Kennedy, who became an expert on disappearing regional Mexican cooking after she moved to Mexico in 1976. The film will be shown on Thursday, March 25.
  • The SVMoA will bring this year’s Oscar Nominated Short Films in three categories—Live Action, Animated and Documentary—on three consecutive Thursday in April. Documentary films will be shown at 4 instead of 4:30 p.m. because they run longer than the other programs.

Tickets for all films are $10 for SVMoA members and $12 for nonmembers, available at, by calling 208-726-9491.


The Sun Valley Museum of Art will hold its final free exhibition tours of the BIG IDEA project Deeds Not Words: Women Working for Change at 4:30 and 5”30 p.m. Thursday, March 11 at The Museum, 191 Fifth Street E. in Ketchum.

The visual arts exhibition includes a pair of pantaloons made of 40,180 pearl corsage and dress pins to celebrate the history of women activating for social change.

The exhibit will run through April 16.




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