I can only refer to the group of participants in our first “Best Picture Brunch” as a lucky few: seventeen to be precise. They’re lucky, because Chef Ashley Young treated them to a truly gourmet brunch for an economy price, and they’re few, because it would be hard to build a large enough platform to give Ms. Young the exposure her food deserves. So, we’re evolving the plan a bit. The new concept? “Academy Noms.” (Get it?!) Chef Dick Kanatzar will be joining us for an Oscar nom (The Magnificent Seven) and “noms,” (that means good food for the uninitiated among you) that Will. Be. Epic. Please check the details below and share where you can – seriously, you’ll be doing your audience a real favor – just check out that menu!
NIGHTLIGHT USES TILT TO DELIVER MAGNIFICENT “NOMS”
On Saturday, December 5th, The Nightlight Cinema is once again highlighting the gastronomic work of area chefs by pairing brunch with the screening of a classic Oscar nominated film.
“The concept is evolving as we go,” said Nightlight executive director Kurtiss Hare. “We’re widening the circle of films from Best Picture winners to any film with a nomination from The Academy in any category. And we’re not just doing it for the sake of the pun – it really blows the lid off the kind of collaborations we can do with these area chefs… folks that we believe are doing awards-worthy work of their own.”
The second event in the newly rebranded “Academy Noms” series will feature food from Chef Dick Kanatzar and the 1961 nominee for Best Music, The Magnificent Seven. Chef Dick, as he’s colloquially known, will offer four menu options to every attendee, including buttermilk chicken and waffles, banana nutella french toast, benedict and grits, and house made pop tarts. Food will be served on premises at The Nightlight at 10:30 A.M., with Chef Dick on site. At 11:30 A.M., The Nightlight will show The Magnificent Seven, a film of recent interest because of its connection to two new December releases, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Chef Dick, in addition to performing duties as executive chef at Vaccaro Trattoria in Bath, has been installing temporary pop-up kitchens all around Northeast Ohio: Pav’s Creamery, Brick and Barrel, and Portage Lakes Brewing Company, to name a few. “[My pop-up] gives me the ability to capture many different groups of people and allows me to change my scenery as much as I would like,” Kanatzar siad in an email. “I’m Akron, Ohio born and raised… I just want to give back to the community that’s given me so much.”
The event on December 5th will be one of mutual giving: Tickets to the brunch and movie must be pre-purchased through a platform called Tilt that allows audiences to pledge toward the production of an event that will only be carried out if enough pledges occur. Those who pledge will only be charged if that minimum goal is met. Interested parties should visit The Nightlight’s campaign on tilt.com for more information and to reserve their spot at the table, here: http://tilt.tc/90uT. Movie-only tickets are also available on The Nightlight’s website, including tickets for a movie-only matinee on Sunday, December 6th.
“The nom is classic, the noms are delicious, and both will be epic,” said Hare. “I hope Northeast Ohio will pledge and recognize the culinary talent that exists here. You don’t need to be a foodie or a cinephile to appreciate what’s going on in downtown Akron.”
About The Nightlight
The Nightlight is an independent, nonprofit cinema located at 30 North High Street in downtown Akron. It opened on July 1, 2014 thanks to key grants from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation. Parking is available at meters on High Street as well as at the parking deck next to the Akron-Summit County Library. Both are free after 6 p.m. and on weekends. Showtimes and tickets can be found at www.nightlightcinema.com.
For more information please contact Kurtiss Hare at (216) 233-6645, or email email@example.com.