A great screening of The RESTAURATEUR for friends and family at Florence Gould Hall here in New York; btw it’s a fabulous screening room. This was the first time Danny Meyer saw the finished film. A Q&A followed; it was recorded and I hope to post it soon.
Here are some comments from emails, tweets and blogs:
Beg, borrow as needed, but do yourself a favor & see @RogerMSherman‘s Danny Meyer doc The Restaurateur. Sausage making you WANT to see. From @kittenwithawhip on Twitter
The film is a must watch for foodies, entrepreneurs and New Yorkers. Sherman’s film is more than a mere portrait of Meyer. The film has the possibility to inspire a struggling entrepreneur while giving valuable advice. It is a loving image of the city of New York, its landmarks, history, businesses, people and dreams. Ultimately, it is a film for foodies; anyone who loves food will leave the film incredibly happy albeit hungry.
From FriendsEat.com blog http://blog.friendseat.com/the-restaurateur-danny-meyer-movie/
That film is superb. …[It’s] crafted with love and respect and even wisdom and as such I think it’s possibly the best thing you’ve ever done. Miles Chapin
That film was delicious! Roger, you always make wonderful filmmaking look so easy, which, of course, it ain’t, and once again, we dove into a world we wouldn’t get to see otherwise. I was completely caught up in it, knowing (but not really knowing) what goes into opening a great restaurant, and knowing (but not really knowing) that Danny M is a sweetheart and a genius at what he does. ( I loved his affection for you. ) …Like everyone else in that theater we were insanely hungry by the film’s end. Bobbi Schlesinger
The Restaurateur is a brilliant film. First, it captures the drama (and madness!) of Danny Meyer opening not one, but two, great restaurants, Tabla and 11 Madison Park, within weeks of each other. But it goes beyond that, to show how Meyer, who is unfailingly charming and articulate throughout, builds his teams
Meyer picks only the best people; waiters, cooks, managers. He then encourages and empowers them, and trains them to pay obsessive attention to detail. Floyd Cardoz, the brilliant chef of Tabla, was on Meyer’s payroll for two years before the restaurant opened, testing recipes in his own home kitchen or his backyard grill.
Meyer’s philosophy, articulated in the film, is, Would I want to have this guy to dinner in my house in six months time. This approach shines in his restaurants, which always win high marks for hospitality. Ultan Guilfoyle
WOW!!!!!! I loved your film. It’s true what Danny said, the viewer really had no idea a filmmaker was in the room. It was so natural. And the story you helped DM and his community tell was superb! I want to see it again! …It’s human (truly), it’s educational (I had NO idea about so many things having to do with the restaurant biz), and it was fun to watch. Eleanor Mascheroni
I truly can’t imagine the cornucopia of feelings you must have experienced watching that film but I suspect it was some combination of pride, wonder, surprise, discomfort…and perhaps many more.
…It was a truly compelling documentary and both you and the stories of Eleven Madison Park & Tabla were very compelling subjects. I have always been fascinated by the process of things – often times more than the end result to be quite honest – and that film gave a long glimpse into your process and I really enjoyed that.
As a patron of your establishments …I have seen where the theory of Union Square Hospitality Group meets the practice of Union Square Hospitality Group and it is a wonderful intersection. The film gave me more insight into how that happens and how bloody hard it is to ensure that it happens much more often than not. Liz Paley
I was simply awed last night at your vision and creativity — your film is a knockout… And Danny Meyer: what a prince he is, on film and in person. No ego, it’s all about the team, doesn’t accept credit, do it with love and hugs. Who wouldn’t love him back? It was a priceless night that kept the people on my row on the edge of their seats in full attention. I loved every minute. Sherrye Henry