Chef Michael Solomonov traveled to Israel for a culinary tour that was the basis for the documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." Chef Michael Solomonov traveled to Israel for a culinary tour that was the basis for the documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." Renowned chef Michael Solomonov traveled to Israel for a culinary tour that was the basis for the documentary "In Search of Israeli Cuisine." (Photo: Florentine Films)

Coming to theaters: 'In Search of Israeli Cuisine'

Now's your chance to watch the documentary critics are calling 'a feast for the eyes.'

The award-winning film critics are calling "a mind-blowing, gut-busting culinary travelogue" is finally coming to theaters.

After weaving through the festival circuit for the past 14 months, "In Search of Israeli Cuisine," which puts James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov in the role of culinary travel guide extraordinaire, will be screened in select theaters across the U.S. starting March 24. Cities include Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Berkeley, Calif., Chicago and Atlanta.

Here's the full trailer:

Before you schedule your screening, though, we offer you a bit of background. "In Search of Israeli Cuisine" was brought to life by filmmaker Roger Sherman, who visited Israel for the first time seven years ago and instantly fell in love.

“I was just knocked out by the food," Sherman told From The Grapevine last year. "I couldn’t believe how delicious it was. The fresh vegetables were remarkable. They have fresh tomatoes year round."

He raved to friends, but that wasn't enough. He wanted the whole world to know. So he decided to make a film.

Then he met his muse. Solomonov, best known for his Philadelphia restaurant Zahav, has won three James Beard Awards and is nominated for two more this year. Upon meeting him at Zahav, Sherman knew immediately that the Israeli-born Solomonov would be the perfect star of the movie and guide to his country’s diverse cuisine.

Chef Michael Solomonov (left) traveled to many restaurants in Israel, including Avigail's Kitchen.Chef Michael Solomonov (left) traveled to many restaurants in Israel, including Avigail's Kitchen. (Photo: Florentine Films)

Solomonov accepted the gig, and a crew spent three weeks traveling by bus, following him to more than 100 locations in Israel. They visited restaurants, markets, farms, orchards and wineries on an epic journey through a rich culinary landscape that's not always easy to define.

In the film, Sherman aims to explain why: It’s a melting pot of influences, like Israel itself. “People from many different countries have come to the area for thousands of years and they all bring their traditions, including food,” says Sherman.

Israeli cuisine has really come into its own."

El Babor Restaurant in Acre, Israel, served up authentic Mediterranean dishes like Israeli salad, tahini and stuffed grape leaves.El Babor Restaurant in Acre, Israel, served up authentic Mediterranean dishes like Israeli salad, tahini and stuffed grape leaves. (Photo: Florentine Films)

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