A Charlie Trotter Tribute: Featuring Chef Paul Bartolotta

MKE Film Festival

Chicago's Charlie Trotter revolutionized American cuisine and paved the way for celebrity chefs with his eponymous restaurant putting Chicago on the global map for fine dining. To pay homage to Chef Trotter, his colleague in Chicago for 10 years, join two-time James Beard Award Winner Chef Paul Bartolotta and the team at Bacchus for a 5-course dinner, inspired by the film Love, Charlie: The Rise and Fall of Chef Charlie Trotter, showing at The 2023 Milwaukee Film Festival.

Two-time James Beard Award Winner Chef Paul Bartolotta and the team at Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant invite you to join them for a dining experience inspired by dishes from Chef Charlie Trotter’s repertoire. 

When Chef Bartolotta first started working at Spiagga in downtown Chicago in the early 1990s, Chef Trotter was one of the first to welcome him to the windy city. Their friendship deepened as they worked in the culinary world of Chicago and together at countless fundraising events. Chef Trotter even journeyed north to Milwaukee to co-host special events with Chef Bartolotta at Bartolotta’ Lake Park Bistro and Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant.

Please join us for an evening that you will never forget.

Milwaukee Film Festival presents:
A Tribute Dinner to Charlie Trotter

featuring Chef Paul Bartolotta
at Bacchus – A Bartolotta Restaurant

Monday, May 1 at 6 PM

Five courses and five pairings

$200 per person plus service charge

Curated by SamanthaStarr Events


About Milwaukee Film

Milwaukee Film is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to entertaining, educating, and engaging our community through cinematic experiences. We operate the magnificent Oriental Theatre, a historic cinema palace committed to high-quality and accessible film and education programming. Since 2009, the annual Milwaukee Film Festival has brought together film fans and filmmakers to celebrate the power of cinema. Our education programs and Cultures & Communities platform provide avenues toward making our community a more empathetic and equitable place for everyone to live.

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