At New York City Food Film Festival screening of Florent, Queen of the Meatmarket Last Thursday night, The Altman Building was packed and abuzz. The idea behind the New York City Food Film Festival was to pair film with food and this was the night devoted to restaurateur Florent Morellet and Florent, his 24-hour French bistro in the Meatpacking District, which closed in 2008 after 23 fabulous years. “Where’s the food?” I whined, jealous of the other guests traipsing around with fragrant boxes of French fries. But I’d just located the open bar, serving wine and a strange tasting vodka cocktail, when it was time for the film to start. Dubbed Florent, Queen of the Meatmarket, the new documentary was premiering at the Festival.
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