Opening Night Party and Movie

ellabrennan_iwerks_byjackrobinsonLet the good times roll on Tuesday, March 14th, when the SLO Film Fest opens with a Mardi Gras themed party followed by Leslie Iwerks new film, “ELLA BRENNAN: Commanding the Table,” about one of New Orleans’ most famous restaurants, Commander’s Palace.

Opening Night is sponsored by Jim Sargen, Taste Buds, The Krush 92.5Cafe Musique and all of the generous food and drink sponsors listed below.

The party is going to be a “foodie’s” dream come true! Fifteen chefs from restaurants around SLO County will be sharing their tasty culinary treats at tables throughout the Festival VIP Tent and the Fremont Theatre. Interspersed will be amazing Central Coast wines and other libations. The price of admission allows you to go hog wild and taste everything…and see a great movie when you’re fat as a tick and just want to sit awhile.

cafe-musique-stage-action-quintet-hi-rezAnd if that isn’t enough, popular band Cafe Musique will perform their lively musical stylings with a southern twist on the Fremont Theater stage before the movie begins.

The fun starts at 5:30pm and the movie follows at 7:00pm. Before it begins, you’ll meet 2013 SLO Film Fest Spotlight Award recipient Leslie Iwerks (director of this film and many others including The Pixar Story, Citizen Hearst), who will be in attendance with Ella Brennan’s daughter, Ti Martin and son, Alex Brennan, recently named “2016 New Orleans Restauranteurs of the Year.” Actor French Stewart (3rd Rock from the Sun, Mom) will sit down with them all to chat about Commander’s Palace’s storied history and the challenges of the restaurant business. Click here to watch Movie Trailer

Many thanks to Teri Bayus/Taste Buds for putting together this amazing gastronomic celebration that include the following restaurants & caterers:

tastebuds-logo-without-pictureBaklava RoyaleThe Spoon TradeGiuseppe’s, ChipwreckedPapi’s GrillBunn Thai, The Cracked CrabEfren’s Mexican RestaurantJeffery’s CateringApple FarmOki Momo Asian GrillVivant Fine CheesesSurfside Deli, and Bon Temps Creole Cafe

And libations from: Amplify WinesBaker and Brian, Barrel House BrewingField RecordingsOpolo VineyardKynsi WineryCass Winery, The Central RoastTimbre Wines, Puffers of Pismo, Robin Bogue formerly of William James, Summerland Wines, Cambria Wines, Talley Vineyards and M Special Brewing Company.

buy-tickets-nowTuesday, March 14 (our unofficial Fat Tuesday!)
5:30pm Party / 7:00pm Movie

Fremont Theatre, San Luis Obispo
$50 general / $40 students and Film Society members
Ticket includes all food, drinks and movie
(Movie Mogul passes will be accepted for this event)