July 17, 2009, 1:34 pm

Play Along: Who’s That Next to Meryl Streep?

By Kim Severson

The pop-culture vulture fest is sure to descend on “Julie & Julia” when it opens on Aug. 5. So why not get a jump on things? At a screening last night, we all enjoyed a good round of spot-the-foodie.

The biggest New York food glitterati moment belongs to Amanda Hesser, who plays herself and has a couple of lines. She looks just like Julia Roberts with a notepad as she works her way through a pork chop and an interview with Julie Powell (played by Amy Adams.)

We were happily eating popcorn and enjoying a scene in which Julia Child (played by Meryl Streep) throws a party for her sister when Corby Kummer’s bearded mug popped into view.

But what of Jeffrey Steingarten, who was supposed to have a cameo? Completely missed it. And although we looked hard for Ed Levine in a black cap reaching for a jar of salsa at Dean & DeLuca, we missed him, too. Mr. Levine, the food writer and Serious Eats mastermind, wrote quite a detailed account of his day on the set. Nor did we see Alessandra Stanley, The New York Times television critic, who plays Mr. Levine’s wife.

We did not miss our own Frank Bruni, however. Just for fun, he agreed to make an anonymous appearance in the film, being released as he steps down from his job. He shows up for a split second near the end.

From New York Times, Diner’s Journal Blog