In June, the world lost someone who expanded our minds and pushed us to explore. The late Anthony Bourdain made our mouths water and our imaginations run wild by spotlighting farflung cuisines, cooking methods and cultural traditions from NYC to parts of Asia and beyond. Thankfully, his excellent food and travel television series, Parts Unknown, lives on, and new episodes are coming our way.
The world premiere of what is sadly the final season of the legend’s docuseries Parts Unknown kicks off this year’s Food Film Festival, coming to NYC October 24–28. The premiere episode focuses on New York’s former Bargain District: The Lower East Side, and follows Bourdain on a quest through the nabe as he breaks bread and reminisces about the area’s impact on music, film and art with pioneers who influenced the ’hood’s bohemian culture. Groundbreaking guests include Richard Hell, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein, Lydia Lunch, Fab 5 Freddy, Danny Fields, Amos Poe, Jim Jarmusch, Kembra Pfahler, John Lurie, Clayton Patterson and Harley Flanagan. The unavoidable cravings you get while watching Bourdain do a delicious food tour won’t be a problem here, as the fest is notorious for giving viewers the chance to taste what they see on screen without ever leaving their seat. (More details about which specific type of food will be served during this screening is coming soon.)
You can attend the debut of what will undoubtedly be an amazing but somber viewing of Bourdain doing one of the many things he did best—tell stories—on October 24 at AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. For more information, including the full list of this year’s films and how to get tickets, visit thefoodfilmfestival.com. Early bird tickets for the full event are for sale now, but single-screening tickets will be up for grabs starting August 29.