I never ate at El Bulli, and now I never will, since the most influential restaurant to modernist cuisine served its last dinner on July 30. But on the same day, the documentary El Bulli: Cooking in Progress opened, offering a glimpse into the hallowed restaurant for the 2 million of us who couldn’t get reservations (actually, I never tried). The film, however, is less focused on the dining experience at El Bulli than on the creative process of developing a gorgonzola tree, vacuumized mushrooms and vanishing ravioli. In this way, it’s fascinating for more than the food-obsessed.
Cooking in Progress premieres in Hawaii at the Doris Duke Theater. The opening night featuring dinner and a movie is sold out, but there are additional screenings Aug. 23-26 at 1 and 7:30pm; Aug. 27 at 1 and 4pm; and Aug. 28 at 1, 4 and 7:30pm.For listings and tickets: [www.honoluluacademy.org]