Friday Oct 14 8:30 pm | The Orpheum TheaterDOCUMENTARY FEATURE
ELLA BRENNAN: COMMANDING THE TABLEDirector Leslie Iwerks
Producer Michael E. Tang
Editors Mo Stoebe, Leslie Iwerks, Mark Catalena
Runtime 96 minutes
SYNOPSIS It turns out that one of America’s greatest coaches is a woman, and her field is a restaurant. Ella Brennan is known today as the inspirational matriarch of the rambling Brennan family, the force of nature behind the first Brennan’s and Commander’s Palace who launched the careers of dozens of restaurateurs and chefs including Paul Prudhomme and Emeril Lagasse. As a teenager in the 1940s, Ella envisioned New Orleans as the Paris of the food world. Since then she’s given every ounce of her being to reaching that goal, and demanded the same from her team. And she believes you can work very hard and not miss a minute of fun. Narrated by Patricia Clarkson, pairing interviews and vérité footage with chefs, restaurateurs, peers, family and friends, Commanding the Table provides past and present glimpses into Ella’s unique life and world.
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