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Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Announces Joanne Weir's Plates & Places Lunch March 25, 2022

Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Announces Joanne Weir's Plates & Places Lunch March 25, 2022



Noted Chef, Television Host, Author, and Culinary Tour Leader

Headlines New Epicurean Lunch at SIFF’s 25th Anniversary Festival March 23-27, 2022


Sonoma, CA— Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF), noted for delivering the best in film, food, wine and fun, is including a new culinary headliner event to this year’s festival.

Joanne Weir, the James Beard Award winning chef, will showcase “Joanne Weir’s Plates & Places” lunch, presented by Northern California Public Media, on Friday, March 25. This new event features Weir introducing select segments from her award-winning television series, paired with a three-course meal she has curated representing those places. The event is sponsored by Marin Magazine and MacArthur Place.

“We are thrilled to have Chef Weir bring her sizeable culinary talents to our 25th festival with our first ever lunch event,” said Kevin W. McNeely, SIFF Artistic Director. “Her engaging personality, epicurean talents and food travelogue series resonates with our foodie film loving audience.”

Weir is a James Beard Award-winning cookbook author, international cooking teacher and renowned chef. Her PBS show, Joanne Weir’s Plates & Places, is a cinematic new series filmed on location throughout some of her favorite culinary destinations.

“Filmmakers open our eyes to worlds beyond any borders,” said Chef Joanne Weir. “Their films can inspire curiosity and conversation-- not unlike a delicious meal-- and it’s an honor to be part of this incredible festival with my Plates & Places lunch.”

Limited capacity tickets are now on sale at Joanne Weir's Plates & Places Lunch at SIFF (

All SIFF Silver Patron Passes include this new culinary event. SIFF Silver Soiree and Cinema Passholders will have the opportunity to purchase a ticket at tiered discounted prices. General admission tickets are $175.

About Sonoma International Film Festival

The Sonoma International Film Festival is a 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to promoting independent film, supporting filmmakers around the world, and inspiring film lovers. Blending a program of international film, food, wine and fun, SIFF hosts its annual festival each March, as well as year-round live and virtual events including SIFF Summerfest live, and SIFF Saturdays, monthly virtual films screened on the last Saturday of every month.

Twice named “One of the 25 Coolest Festivals in the World” by MovieMaker Magazine, and a “Top 10 Destination Film Festival” by USA Today, this walkable festival in the heart of Sonoma’s Wine Country, will showcase more than 100 new films with visiting filmmakers and talent, exceptional culinary events with internationally acclaimed, chefs, as well as evening parties, panels and live music in 2022.

SIFF’s signature initiative--the Media Arts Program started at Sonoma Valley High School in 2002--introduces students to the process of storytelling and provides the resources for them to create films. SIFF has granted more than $725,000 to the program since its inception.

About Chef Joanne Weir

Joanne Weir is an American chef, cookbook author, and international cooking instructor. She is also a writer and producer, known for TV shows such as Joanne Weir's Cooking Confidence and Joanne Weir's Plates & Places.

She began her career working at Alice Waters’ Chez Panisse in Berkeley before moving to food travel tours and opening Sausalito’s Copita Tequileria Y Comida restaurant. She has penned 20 cookbooks.

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Sonoma International Film Festival (SIFF) Announces Joanne Weir's Plates & Places Lunch March 25, 2022


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