Monday, December 12, 2011

Friday, December 2, 2011

This is really past due, but here at some photographs taken during the process of looking for Nasturtiums for our installation project...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chayka Sofia toasting fresh, homemade persimmon & mayer lemon juice... more on this lunch in the upcoming ESSEN taste this December.

Happy Holidays everyone, Love Chayka Sofia

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


 At AFI Film Festival with Bela Tarr

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

We were featured in the LA Weekly-- read the article here.
Our film poster is finished! We hope to see you at the AFI Film Festival ;) Please book tickets at this link.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Zergüt is showing at this year's AFI Film Festival during the first two weeks of November. If you're in Los Angeles & would like to see it, please book your FREE ticket on the AFI fest website when the schedule is released on the 26th of October.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

we have our Los Angeles premiere slated!!!! So exciting!!! We can't reveal the details yet, but we will very, very soon... We absolutely cannot wait to share Zergüt with all of our friends & loved ones who have helped us along the way.

More on that soon...

Monday, October 3, 2011

our studio CHAYKA SOFIA has a new logo :)  stay tuned for the launch of our website revamp! coming soon...

Saturday, October 1, 2011

another still from our film REEF, shot on location in Sydney's Northern beaches...

Thursday, September 29, 2011

We are sending the incredible organization WOMEN IN FILM our deepest love for awarding us their  completion grant to finish Zergüt properly to it's fullest potential.  Read more about them and the official press release here! We will be speaking on their panel at the AFI film festival in November, so please stay tuned for more.

Friday, August 19, 2011

a beet demolishes an eclaire in Zergüt-- Our North American premiere is weeks away! We'll be announcing the details soon :) For now its top secret but so, so exciting!!!!

Saturday, August 13, 2011

it is sheer torture cutting our new film knowing this dish exists miles upon miles away at Peter Gilmore's QUAY in Sydney. A magical culinary creation inspired by memories in the coral reefs, stay tuned because within a month, the piece will be finished and shall make it's premiere online :) we're really excited about this one...

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

still from our new film collaboration with chef Peter Gilmore of QUAY in Sydney...

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This is a still from the latter part of ASSIETTE, our stop-motion film collaboration with Chef Jordan Kahn. The final piece will have it's online premiere within the next few weeks. We must say, we couldn't have picked a better chef to work with.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Here is a sneak peek at some takes from the finale sequence of our short film Zergüt-- about a world of ingredients that exist within a refrigerator. The movie merges stop-motion animation techniques with high speed film making and is in it's final weeks of post-production. It is scheduled to premiere in a couple of months! Stay tuned, we are in the home stretch...

Monday, May 16, 2011

We are a multimedia artist duo who first bonded over exchanging secret soup recipes, sharing a love for Michelangelo Antonioni, and creating stop-motion animation films with Boule pastries. We have an intense passion for realizing projects that bridge cinema with gastronomy-- this is our new blog, The Edible Escape, a place for us to keep you posted on the progress of our collaborations as well as feature discussions about the things we look at, taste, and find inspiring. We are so excited to launch this and hope you will visit us regularly. 

For the past month, we have been working with chef Jordan Kahn of RED MEDICINE in Los Angeles to collaborate on an animated film that features one of his dishes assemble itself to completion. With this project, the roles of film maker and chef have become beautifully blurred, as we have been putting our minds together to realize a whimsical landscape on a plate that can endure the rigorous process of stop-motion film making. For now, we can't divulge more details, though we're dying to, but the film will be ready soon and is slated to premiere later this month online. We'll keep you posted on the details as they come. We're so excited to share it with you.

In preparation for our shoot, Jordan invited us into his kitchen during a busy evening shift to witness where all of his culinary magic takes place. Upon first walking into his space, the aroma of fresh meyer lemon zest, pork glaze, fennel seeds, and an assortment of Eastern spices filled our lungs, with the sights of vats of purple chive flowers in full bloom, bushels of chamomile overflowing, chefs with tweezers delicately sculpting edible creations over sleek white plates, and rolled jelly delights swirling around us. We were truly in paradise, a paradise which brought us into the underbelly of Kahn's cooking and essentially, into his motivations and unique accent as one of our favorite culinary visionaries. These are some quick pictures we took of him and his team at work. What struck us most was his ability to honor, integrate, and highlight the natural forms of his ingredients with such artistry and discipline.