FOOD FIGHT: Moviegoers were feeling goofy on Wednesday night at a Cinema Society and Bank of America-hosted premiere of “A Place at the Table” at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Despite the solemn nature of the movie, which sheds light on childhood hunger in America, the overall vibe of the evening was blithe. Jon Stewart feigned terror as he walked under a giant race car suspended from the museum’s wall. Jeff Bridges tickled the film’s two directors, Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, as the three posed for photographers. Isiah Whitlock Jr. laughed about how he might have tried those horsemeat Ikea meatballs.
When asked about why they turned out, though, the mood invariably turned more sober. “I was mentoring a girl, a big sister-little sister thing, and I discovered that at school she was foraging in the trash for food,” said Silverbush, whose husband, the chef Tom Colicchio, stood close by. “In a country where we have so much food, no kid should be experiencing this.”
Bridges echoed Silverbush’s sentiment later in the evening. “The fact is, it isn’t a matter of not having enough food or even enough money. It’s about creating the political will. It’s not only a moral issue but a patriotic issue,” said the actor, a longtime hunger activist.
For the after party, held at Riverpark Restaurant in Manhattan, Colicchio, who earned a producer credit on the film, cooked up a spread that included crab and fried chicken.