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Host Your Own Dinner and a Movie

By Jasmin Singer — June 13, 2011

Ever think of hosting a monthly vegan dinner and movie group? It can be the type of thing that you do with your co-workers or friends, all from your own living room, or it can be expanded to be at a community center or the likes, and open to the public. A recent article from Southwest Minneapolis Patch features Chef Marianna Padilla, a woman who is doing just that, with her own spin. Owner of Casa Marianna, a nutrition and exercise hub that offers, among other things, classes in vegetarian cooking, Chef Marianna is offering a Friday Night Dinner & a Movie series, which will pair a food or water themed documentary with an optional veg meal. Some of the films she intends to show include Food, Inc. and The Future of Food.

This is clearly the type of activism that is easily replicable. With dozens of food-related films popping up left and right (some of our faves include Vegucated, Chow Down, and Fat Sick & Nearly Dead), this is a timely endeavor. Perhaps even create a rotating group, where each month a different person hosts the “dinner and a movie” at their digs. Or open it to friends-of-friends, and charge a nominal fee to cover the expenses. Or make it vegan potluck style, encouraging folks to extend their culinary skills in a compassionate direction. Or make it big, and host it in the back room of a local restaurant that offers vegan options (of course, keep the evening exclusively vegan — and every other evening too). There is no wrong way to do this. It’s easy, sociable, and can generate some very lively and eye-opening discussions. Food for thought…

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(2) Readers Comments

  1. October 2, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    Great website! I'm glad I came across it.I'm planning this very type of event, so, coming across this post was very timely! My plan is to get in touch with the owner of a local bar and offering a full dinner + a drink + a movie for around $10--a portion of the proceeds go to charity. For my first event, I'm thinking of tamales, rice & beans and a domestic draft. I'd also offer desserts and nachos and all items can also be a la carte. I'm in San Diego, CA--do you think that's a fair price or is it too high or too low? As far as getting the word out, I'd post flyers on bulletin boards at health food stores, on the bulletin boards at San Diego State University and distribute at Critical Mass and invite members of my vegan/vegetarian MeetUp groups. Have you done this before? If so, I would love to hear about what you have done and how it went and, if you have any, I would love your useful tips.

    • October 2, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Michelle, This sounds fantastic. Congrats on your upcoming event. Sounds like delicious vegan food. The price sounds fair to me for everything you are offering, esp. since you are donating a portion of it. Be sure to get a few volunteers to help you the night of. Good luck! Best, Jasmin

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