DINNER & A MOVIE

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DINNER & A MOVIE

 

Monday, February 15 | 6 PM

 

Tickets are on sale now!

 

Aspen Film is building on the success of our first Dinner & a Movie event, by partnering with Mawa McQueen of Mawa’s Kitchen and the Woody CreekDistillers to present a special Virtual Dinner & a Movie February Fundraiser. Proceeds will benefit the organization’s FilmEducates program. FilmEducates allows us to inspire young people throughout the Roaring Fork Valley and beyond to engage with the film medium as a means of personal expression and connection. 

 

This month’s fun, family-friendly Dinner & a Movie pairing will be Greek Moussaka & MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING. We are thrilled to be featuring the talents and passion of an incredible local chef, as well as highlighting spirits distilled right here in the Roaring Fork Valley. Opah!

 

Our goal with this series, in addition to raising funds to support our youth programming, is to give our community an opportunity to connect through a shared food and film experience. By pairing classic and joyous food-themed movies, with dishes not frequently served in our mountain communities, we are hoping to bring some needed levity and an infusion of flavor into these challenging winter months.

 

As Aspen restaurants are currently closed for indoor dining, we encourage you to make an additional donation with you ticket purchase which will directly support Chef Mawa and her restaurant.

 

The evening’s activities will begin promptly at 6 PM when we log into Zoom and join the event. You will be greeted by Chef Mawa, who will then turn it over to a WCD Rep to walk us through a demonstration of how to prepare your cocktail. Once we have cocktails in hand, the cooking portion of the evening will commence. The main course being prepared is a Greek Moussaka dish. You have the option to add Beef or Mawa’s Vegan “Meat” as your protein. We estimate the cooking & beverage portion of the evening will take around an hour and a half, leaving you ample time to enjoy the fruits of your labor as you watch the film.

 

If you purchase the Premium Roaring Fork Valley Local Package, you will make your protein selection when you purchase your ticket. If you purchase the VIP Cooking Experience ticket, you will be provided a grocery list and can choose your protein when you purchase your own ingredients. 

TICKETS

 

Premium Roaring Fork Valley Local Package

$200 Aspen Film Member / $250 Non member
$100 per ticket is tax-deductible

Purchase here.

 

*Please note – You only have until February 13th at 6 PM MST to buy a Roaring Fork Local Package. Ingredient bag pick-up will NOT be available to purchase after that time.

 

This option is exclusively available to Roaring Fork Valley residents and includes ingredients to prepare two generous servings of food, meaning dinner for two, plus potentially a little left over. All Main Course ingredients will be pre-measured, chopped, packed in advance and ready to go. All you need to do is pick up your bag and head home to cook-along with our Chef.  

 

We will also provide a ready to serve Mediterranean dip, Pita Bread, Cucumber & Pomegranate Salad and a Baklava desert (all vegan) to accompany your meal.

 

You will need to pick up your goodie bag between 2:30-4:30 PM on February 15th. Pick up will be available at either the Red Brick Center for the Arts in Aspen, or in Blue Lake, midvalley. You will be emailed a link to select a time and location after you purchase your ticket. You MUST pick up your ingredient bag, DELIVERY IS NOT AVAILABLE

 

In addition to the dinner ingredients, you have the option of adding a vodka cocktail to your evening. Our friends at Woody Creek Distillers have generously offered a cocktail kit to make a cocktail. Enough WCD spirit and mixer will be provided for two cocktails. If you prefer not to enjoy this cocktail, you may choose to opt out of having it delivered to you during the ticket check-out process.

 

As one last special treat, our friends at Social Studies will be providing one of their “After Hours” candles to help you set the mood for the evening.

 

 

VIP Cooking Experience

$100 Aspen Film Member / $125 Non member
$100 per ticket is tax-deductible

Purchase here.

 

If you live outside the Roaring Fork Valley, or will not be here on February 15th, you can still join us for this special event. Purchasing a VIP Cooking Experience ticket will gain you access to the 90-minute Zoom cooking demo with Chef Mawa, as well as a full ingredient list and recipe. The shopping list will be sent to you as a PDF, as well a link, so you can add items to your shopping cart online if you prefer to shop that way. In addition, you will receive the recipe for the WCD cocktail. 

 

Following the cooking demonstration, attendees will sit down with their freshly prepared meal and enjoy the film MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING.

 

Ticketholders will download or stream via the platform of their choosing (Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu). The film will NOT be shown on the Aspen Film Eventive platform.

 

TECHNICAL DETAILS

 

For the Cooking Demo you will need:

  • A computer, tablet or smartphone 
  • A strong internet or WiFi connection  
  • The ZOOM app. Please download, register & test the app on your device PRIOR to the event: https://zoom.us/signup
  • Access to a full kitchen

 

To watch the film, MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING:

  • A TV, computer, tablet or smartphone 
  • A strong internet or WiFi connection 
  • Attendees will  DOWNLOAD or STREAM the film via the platform of their choosing (Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Hulu, YouTube, Google Play or Vudu). This film will NOT be shown on the Aspen Film Eventive platform.

ABOUT THE CHEF

Aspen Colorado’s dynamic and beloved Chef Mawa is a successful restaurateur and entrepreneur who is unapologetic about her African, French and American roots. Mawa’s passion is creating dishes that are balanced, healthy, locally sourced, organic food your body craves.

 

Her flagship restaurant, Mawa’s Kitchen, in Aspen, is a favorite spot for both locals and seasonal visitors.  The Crepe Shack, an instant hit for Mawa, opened in December 2018 in the new Snowmass Base Village Ski Resort.  In 2019, food photographer, Alan “Battman” Batt, honored Mawa by selecting her to be featured in his newest cookbook Toques in Black: A Celebration of Black Chef’s that highlights 101 of the most talented chefs in America. In January 2021, Mawa launched her snack brand, GrainFreeNola, to keep her restaurant open and her staff employed due to COVID-19.  She has been working on this ultra-healthy Paleo, Keto, Gluten-Free and Vegan granola since 2016.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

In MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING, Nia Vardalos plays Toula, the shy, plain daughter of a loving but overpowering Greek family. Everyone in the Portokalos family believes that Greek girls are meant to marry Greek boys, have Greek babies, and cook a lot of Greek food. In the unlikely event that they don’t get married, they’re expected to work in the family business — in this case, a Greek restaurant called Dancing Zorba’s, which is owned by Toula’s parents, Gus (Michael Constantine) and Maria (Lainie Kazan). But Toula dreams of more.

 

After taking a job at her aunt’s travel agency, she falls in love with Ian Miller (John Corbett), a teacher who is tall, handsome and definitely not Greek. Toula isn’t sure which will be more upsetting to her father, that Ian is a foreigner or that he’s a vegetarian.

 

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