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Documentary Celebrating the Texas and Southwest Cuisine Movement Selected for Screening at the 22nd Annual San Antonio Film Festival July 25-31, 2016.

July 18, 2016


"Salute to the Classics" has been selected for screening at the 22nd Annual San Antonio Film Festival (SAFILM) Tuesday, July 26th at 8:00 p.m. at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. This documentary short explores the history of Southwest and Texas cuisine and its evolution from conception to the now international masterstroke it has become.


David Barrow, filmmaker from Austin, takes his knowledge and passion for Texas culture to showcase the Southwest cuisine forefathers: Stephan Pyles, Dean Fearing and Robert Del Grande. Through their classical training and deep longing to change the appearance of fine dining globally, these three chefs started a revolution that continues to transform the trends and standards for food on their own terms.


By introducing indigenous Texas produce, protein, chiles, and technique, and utilizing concepts such as "farm-to-table" and heritage recipes long before the rest of the world, they became pioneers for young chefs to follow their own rebellious passion for generations to come.


The film is set at the 2015 Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit in Buffalo Gap, Texas, and is narrated by Summit founder, James Beard winner and Texas icon, Tom Perini. Said Perini, "They have elevated Southwest cuisine so that other chefs are doing it all over the world. These three wonderful chefs were extremely instrumental in starting this movement and it’s been a great addition to the state of Texas." Lisa Perini said, "The Buffalo Gap Wine & Food Summit celebrates the culture, the history and the future of Texas food and wine. This is the perfect venue to highlight these chefs and celebrate with Texas winemakers and other chefs what they have achieved and will continue to accomplish for Texas food."


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Lisa Perini
Buffalo Gap Wine and Food Summit

Perini Ranch
PO Box 728
Buffalo Gap, TX  79508