Taste for Nourish

Guests sample appetizers at the 2012 Taste for Nourish event.

Courtesy of Nourish

Food should be fun.

At least, that’s the premise behind Taste for Nourish, a short film festival that makes good eats its muse.

The festival doubles as a fundraiser for Nourish, an organization that supports children who have feeding challenges. The nonprofit arm of Mealtime Connections, Nourish sponsors families who don’t have the insurance necessary to cover equipment or therapies for children who have medical or behavioral issues that make eating difficult.

Children may struggle to eat for a number of reasons, such as cleft lips and palates and conditions including Down syndrome and autism.

“It’s devastating for families,” said Mandy Carlsen, whoalong with Marsha Dunn Klein founded Nourish. “It’s heartbreaking and challenging and emotionally and socially draining for these families. To have this support to say, ‘Hey, you’re not alone. We have seen this before. Here are resources to help you’ is extremely valuable for people.”

For the second year, Taste for Nourish organizers opted to intersperse short films with family testimonials rather than show one feature-length film.

And while the event includes local appetizers and desserts, it’s these five films you’ll want to feast on.

Sausage” by Robert Grieves: This animated short about two street vendors is a cute pick selected for its playfulness.

”The Secret is in the Suffering: Bodhi Tree Farm” by Liza Mosquito de Guia: “This is about a woman farmer on the East Coast who is really passionate about food and the whole process of growing food,” Carlsen said. “That spoke to us because we are passionate about food and want our kids to become passionate about food.”

Guacamole — A Gambling Recipe” by Francesca Nobili: This stop-motion short was picked for the Southwestern flair of its tale about an avocado, chile peppers and a tomato.

Sriracha” by Griffin Hammond: The short documentary delves into the cult following and origins of Sriracha hot sauce.

“Pancake Art”: In these YouTube videos, pancake batter is transformed on the griddle into elaborate shapes. “I don’t even know how we came across these,” Carlsen said of the videos. “It spoke to us because we work with kids, and kids like pancakes, and they were really playful, and we do a lot of playing with food here ... We do a lot with kids and trying to make food fun.”

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