The Southern Food & Beverage Museum (1504 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., 504-569-0405; www.natfab.org) screens Jeremiah Tower: The Last Magnificent Feb. 6 at Peoples Health New Orleans Jazz Market (1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.).
Co-produced by celebrity chef and TV host Anthony Bourdain and directed by Lydia Tenaglia, the film examines Tower's life. Along with a few California chefs who rose to prominence in the 1970s and '80s, including Alice Waters, Jonathan Waxman and Judy Rodgers, Tower is heralded for pioneering the concept of New American and California cuisine.
The film follows Tower's work at his iconic San Francisco restaurant Stars, before he abruptly closed it and disappeared from public life. The film includes inter- views with Bourdain, chefs Mario Batali, Wolf gang Puck and Waxman, Martha Stewart and food writer Ruth Reichl.
Tower currently lives in Mexico and is the author of Table Manners: How to Behave in the Modern World and Why Bother.
The event features opening remarks from John Besh and Shaya chef de cuisine Zachary Engel at 6:45 p.m. The film screens at 7 p.m. and there is a Q&A afterward. Tower attends a reception at the Southern Food & Beverage Museum afterward.
Advance tickets for SoFAB members are $20, $25 for nonmembers. Culinary student tickets are $15 with a valid student ID. Visit the museum website for details and tickets.