Who Belongs here. Let me start. The guys who are opening the Toronto International Film FestivalU2 belong here. Bono getting to Cafe Belong is like driving into St. Paul de Vence to get to our favorite place La Colombe d’Or. This is Chef Brad Longs own oasis like the sole Joshua Tree amid the natural beauty, it is not South of France but only a few minutes from the hustle and bustle it has a mix of that Dublin modern among old bricks, well not nearly as old as Dublins. For Madonna, Clooney, Brad Pitt, Jane Fonda, Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, guys this is like going to Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur for some nice wine accompanied by what you really came here for the food. For Frances Ford Coppola, Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright this is a mix of Sonoma and Napa and while it’s not the French Laundry it is where you will feel right at home while Brad Long does his magic. Rachel Weisz, Eathan Hawke, Clive Owen, Keira Knightly, Tilda Swinton, Sam Neill this is like Geoffreys and this is as close you will get to Malibu in this city. To all the Aussie’s Cafe Belong will remind you of Sydney Harbour and you know how nice that can be and the kicker is the food and wine. The drive to Cafe Belong reminds me of the time my godfather would take me from his home on Baroda Drive to Spago on Sunset, in the day’s when Wolfgang was still trying to find the right mix. Chef Brad Long is a true artist he is still tinkering, not with the food but the place, kinda like Michael Jackson never finished really finished. My Name is Khan will be bringing films, foods and wine together each day of the festival from the kitchen of Cafe Belong. So get ready for the feast of films, food, wine and off course need I spell it out champagne baby!
It’s show time ladies and gentlemen. It was at the Toronto International Film Festival years ago that Ismail Merchant and I sat down in front of the press corp to announce my companies five film finance agreement with a showing of Maurice with James Wilby and Hugh Grant, directed by James Ivory. It feels like old times in Toronto as people trickle in from all over the world. This year at the Toronto International Film Festival there are 123 world Premieres, with 2,502 International Submissions, and 59 Countries are represented. So let the games begin and to all enjoy the egalitarian city of universal love where My Name is Khan will take you from the kitchen to the silver screen each day that you are here the party never stops at My Name is Khan.