Ina Pinkney, Chicago ‘Breakfast Queen,’ Is Coming To Boston This Weekend

The retired restaurateur stars in a new documentary, screening at the Boston Jewish Film Festival on Sunday.

Ina Pinkney, Photo © Stephen Hamilton, courtesy of Agate Publishing

Ina Pinkney, Photo © Stephen Hamilton, courtesy of Agate Publishing

Ina Pinkney hung up her apron in 2013 after 33 years serving the city of Chicago at an eponymous diner, but she hasn’t completely stepped out of the spotlight. The 72-year-old chef, who started her career with a catering company The Dessert Kitchen Ltd., published Ina’s Kitchen: Memories and Recipes from the Breakfast Queen last month. She’s also the subject of a documentary screening locally this weekend.

Let’s Talk About Food and the Greater Boston Food Bank are sponsoring a lunchtime chat with Pinkney and Breakfast at Ina’s filmmaker Mercedes Kane tomorrow. Let’s Talk About Food’s Louisa Kasdon will lead the discussion at the Kitchen at Boston Public Market. Registration is preferred for the free event.

On Sunday, November 8, Kane’s documentary will show as part of the Boston Jewish Film Festival. The film follows Pinkney during the final month of Ina’s, and shows the chef/owner interacting with customers, as well as dealing with the physical side effects of contracting polio during her childhood, the Boston Globe reported. Tickets are available at the door.

Brown Bag Lunch with Let’s Talk About Food: Making Food Films, Friday, November 6, noon, the Kitchen at Boston Public Market, 6 Congress St., Boston; 978-578-5867 or

Breakfast at Ina’s screening, the Boston Jewish Film Festival, Sunday, November 8, 3:30 p.m., West Newton Cinema, 1296 Washington St., Newton; 617-964-8074 or