The film follows Ziggy's journey mostly through winning a Chicken soup contest and finally getting married to the right person for the right reasons. He is a very charismatic person and it all goes into his food which has brought the best of Deli food to Texas. Also seen in the film are Deli Men from all over the U.S. and Canada, including the most famous Delis like Katz's Deli, Carnegie Deli, 2nd Ave Deli and Toronto's own Caplansky's and Yitz'. Once thing all of the Deli Men agree on is the fact that they put in their whole life into their restaurants and they would probably all do it again if given the chance.
Zane Caplansky jokingly says "you have to be Insane to go into the Deli business".
The film was full of historic photos and explanation of the Jewish delis provided by David Sax.
The couple sitting behind me laughed out loud so loud it filled the theatre through most of the film. The characters are charming and there is a lot of Food Porn with the abundant deli dishes.
I really appreciated the film for it's heart and the focus on the men that keep the old school deli's alive. This kind of restaurant is almost becoming extinct. There use to be a couple thousand deli's in the U.S. and now there are probably under a couple hundred.
In Toronto there are probably less than a dozen scattered around the city but mostly in the Bathurst St. area where there are a large concentration of Jewish residents still.
A lot of the traditions of how the deli food is made is still done the same way today, although there a are a couple of guys in San Francisco who are trying to modernize traditional deli food and put their spin on things while still retaining the way it was done for years.
The best part though was that Caplansky provided smoked meet on bread and pickled in the lobby of the theatre after the screening.
I have been to many film festivals in Toronto and this is a practice unique to the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. They are becoming known for the food they sometimes have provided for people attending screenings or standing in lines. The film will have a limited release so I suggest you go see it if it's in your area and plan to go to a Deli for some smoked meat after the screening. You will be hungry.