‘Hundred-Foot Journey’, With Verona Food

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Cardoz-HundredFootThere’s a new movie opening tonight called The Hundred-Foot Journey. The story, which is set in the south of France, revolves around a demanding female French chef and an immigrant Indian family that wants to open a restaurant in the same small village.

What does any of this have to do with Verona, you ask? Well, it turns out that the food in the movie was created by one of Verona’s celebrity chefs, Floyd Cardoz. He was born in the south of India, apprenticed in a Bombay hotel, and has cooked both French and Indian food in Switzerland, New York and in front of lots of TV cameras.

When The Hundred-Foot Journey first came out as a book in 2011, its author Richard Morais was dining at Tabla, the restaurant that Cardoz ran then in New York City. Morais had spent many years working at Forbes, which was headquartered nearby, and had unwittingly created in the book’s lead character, Hassan Haji, a fictional chef that had much in common with the real-life Cardoz. One thing lead to another and then to Hollywood, and Cardoz wound up creating all the food served in the film.

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If you want to eat French or Indian after seeing The Hundred-Foot Journey, you could go to Montclair, where the leading French restaurant, Fricasee, is owned by a Verona native, Mark Papera; there are several Indian restaurants there too. But the movie’s creators have created a Pinterest site packed with recipes and dinner party ideas. There’s exotic, like the Vadouvan Naan Bread with Salted Coconut Butter, and a comfy Apple Tarte Tatin.

Bon appétit!

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Virginia Citrano
Virginia Citranohttps://myveronanj.com
Virginia Citrano grew up in Verona. She moved away to write and edit for The Wall Street Journal’s European edition, Institutional Investor, Crain’s New York Business and Forbes.com. Since returning to Verona, she has volunteered for school, civic and religious groups, served nine years on the Verona Environmental Commission and is now part of Sustainable Verona. She co-founded MyVeronaNJ in 2009. You can reach Virginia at [email protected]

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  1. Actually, my wife and I have tickets to see this on Sunday. We were looking forward to seeing this movie. Now we have more of a reason to see it.

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