Eat Pray Love Director's Cut Blu-ray and DVD Release Luncheon

photo courtesy of Sony Home Entertainment

Today I had the pleasure of enjoying lunch with Susan Spungen - author, recipe developer and food stylist extraordinaire; Dede Gardner - president of Plan B Entertainment and producer of such amazing hits as The Time Traveler's Wife and Eat Pray Love; and a very talented group of LA area bloggers - like Erika from In Erika's Kitchen, Greg at Sippity Sup, Cristina from Teenie Cakes, Sibylla from Divaluscious, Louise from Art of Cuisine, Rachael from La Fuji Mama, Joseline from Daydreamer Desserts, Marla from Family Fresh Cooking, Giselle from Small Pleasures Catering, and Deb from Debs Kitchen.

Joseline w/Daydreamer Desserts, Marla w/Family Fresh Cooking, Rachael w/La Fuji Mama, Susan Spungen and me

Dede Gardner

classic blogger pose modeled by Cristina w/Teenie Cakes

the guests of honor - Dede Gardner and Susan Spungen

Sony Home Entertainment hosted the event at Vicenti Ristorante in Brentwood, CA and every detail, from the decor to the dessert, was extremely well done. 

this is where the magic happens

This festive table decor by Maggie Jensen Event Florals was in another room in the restaurant - very pretty.

I don't get to the movies very often, so I'm one of the few who had not seen Eat Pray Love until a couple of weeks ago when I rented it to watch during a cross-country flight. It was such a wonderful movie - the kind that leaves you feeling all warm and good inside. I remember thinking, "I should buy this movie" and then when I hopped on my return flight home, I discovered it was the in-flight movie and I got to watch it again.

Imagine my surprise when I returned home and received an invitation to attend an intimate luncheon with this very movie's producer and food stylist - I could not have been more thrilled! Both are fascinating and accomplished women in their own right and together they  produced box office gold with Elizabeth Gilbert's heartwarming quest to rediscover her true self. Her soul-searching takes her through eating in Italy, praying in India and finding love in Bali. 

The food scenes in this movie are just fantastic. Btw, Susan was also the food stylist on It's Complicated and Julie and Julia. She's currently working on her second book which will include tips for hosting parties and other gatherings, no doubt leveraging her talents from her days as the founding food editor of Martha Stewart Living. Her first book is an award-winning cookbook called Recipes: A Collection for the Modern Cook and is available through Amazon.com and other major retailers.

I hope you get a chance to watch the movie if you haven't already. The Director's Cut Blu-ray edition and DVD are both now widely available.

(PS - Javier Bardem and James Franco are hhhhooooootttt in this movie!)


  1. That sounds like it was so much fun! I have not had the chance to see the movie yet. I need to netflix it.

  2. That must be great gathering of awesome women. I did not watch the movie yet...but now I will:))
    Photos are fantastic! Thank you for sharing this!

  3. It was a pleasure meeting you Veronica, loved your writeup on the event! Good times... :)

  4. So sorry to have missed this luncheon, when the invite came over and I saw the date/time, BUMMER. Glad you had a lovely time!

  5. How fabulous and cool! I'm trying not to be jealous about the luncheon ;) And I've yet to see the movie, since I rarely see them too, but coincidentally planned to watch it On Demand this weekend with my .99 cent movie coupon. I'm excited to look closely at the food.

    Thanks, Shelly

  6. I am sooooo jealous!! That sounds like an awesome event. The food in the movie was to die for and I loved the book so much!

  7. i am so jealous!! i would die!

    hot is an understatement.... the boys in that movie are AMAZING!

  8. Hi Veronica:

    It was a pleasure to meet you at the luncheon.
    Great write-up and image captures...you are very creative!

    Thx for including my trying to get a decent shot of the Dom Perignon...one image actually turned out decent. I'll include it in my post. :)

  9. great post, way to be on it! i've got to get mine out asap... great to meet you, looking forward to seeing you more in the new year.
    happy holidays,