It's been 20 years since the sumptuous scenes in "Like Water for Chocolate" sent filmgoers straight from the theater in search of a great Mexican meal. To mark the anniversary, Vivafest, a celebration of Mexican arts and culture, will hold a chocolate tasting, film screening and gala dinner. A tasting by Berkeley's Casa de Chocolates will precede the Sept. 14 movie screening at The Tech Museum in San Jose. For the Sept. 15 dinner, versions of all 12 dishes featured in the film and book by Laura Esquivel will be prepared; the menu was created by organizer Darlene Tenes of CasaQ, chef Tiana Diggins and pastry chef Sonia Barron. Attendees will dine on turkey in mole sauce, poblano chiles stuffed with picadillo and covered in walnut cream sauce, quail in rose-petal sauce, and wedding cake with lime zest, apricot filling and fondant frosting, plus a number of others. Most appropriately, this turn-of-the-century menu will unfold at the historic Adobe Lodge at Santa Clara, and the meal will end with mugs of cinnamon-spiced Mexican hot chocolate. Go to http://vivafest.org to order tickets to the film/tasting ($20) and the dinner ($150 when you sign up for CasaQ's email newsletter; otherwise, $250).
-- Linda Zavoral, Staff