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Fri, Mar 01


Epsilon Spires

Indonesian Pop-Up Dinner Party + SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD

Our GRRLS TO THE FRONT Collaboration with Vermont Women's Fund and The Stone Church begins! Join us for a Networking Party featuring Indonesian cuisine by chef Diana Tanudjaja of JAMU! Dinner will be served after a screening of the Oscar-nominated Estonian documentary: SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD

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Indonesian Pop-Up Dinner Party + SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD
Indonesian Pop-Up Dinner Party + SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD

Time & Location

Mar 01, 2024, 7:20 PM – 9:30 PM

Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA

About the event

On March 1st, following our screening of SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD, chef Diana Tanudjaja of JAMU "Jah-Moo" will take you on a sensory journey.... your destination the Spice Islands. How will we get there? With a meal made with Leaping Bear Farm chicken and eggs, locally grown beef, organic vegetables, tempe and tofu all prepared with freshly-ground Indonesian spices and love. 

All-Inclusive Tickets for the Dinner, Film, and Curated Beverages are $65. Free entry to the dinner and film for participants of the GRRLS TO THE FRONT workshops at The Stone Church! Doors for the screening open at 5pm, Director's Introduction and Film begin at 5:30pm, The Networking Dinner Party will be held after the film at 7:15pm.


NASI KUNING -Rice steamed with Turmeric and coconut milk

OPOR AYAM - Chicken Curry  

RENDANG - Beef stew in spices and burnt grated coconut

SAYUR URAP - mixed steam vegetables dressed spicy grated coconut

VEGETABLE CURRY- Jackfruit, seasonal squash and bean curry

TELUR BALADO - Hard boiled eggs with sambal

PERKEDEL - variety of Fritters made with Potato, corn and tofu. Deep fried

SAMBAL GORENG TEMPE- fried tempeh with shallot garlic and chili paste

KRUPUK and EMPING - Indonesian shrimp and bean chips

LUMPIA - vegetarian Spring rolls

*Dietary content : Vegetarian and non-vegetarian. Organic vegetables ,Organic Chicken, USDA Beef or pork ,organic eggs, organic vegetables . Fried food is prepared using vegetable and Canola oil. Spices mostly fresh ground. Mostly gluten free.

Please register to the dinner in advance as spaces are limited. The Mission of GRRLS TO THE FRONT is to create access an opportunity for women and non-binary people in the music industry. To celebrate their accomplishments. To amplify their voices & To connect them with resources and each other. This series was made possible by support from The Vermont Women's Fund.

CHEF BIO: Born in Indonesia , Diana Tanudjaja was raised in a family whose lives revolved around food, from traditional to international recipes. While living in Bali, surrounded by multi national friends and clients, her love of food, cooking and recreating authentic recipes became a life long journey. Together with her husband, Edward, who is a green thumbed organic gardener, Diana has gone on to introduce many people to a life style of eating healthy and organic farm to table ingredients and seeing food as medicine. Upon moving to New England, Diana started her own catering business specializing in Indonesian food. Combining locally grown organic meats and vegetables with the traditional spices she maintains the authenticity of her Indonesian heritage and can guarantee satisfaction with every bite.

More About the Film:

SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD (Dir. by Anna Hints, 89 mins, 2023). 

Doors open 5pm, Director's Introduction and Film begin at 5:30pm, The Networking Dinner Party will be held after the film at 7:15pm.

Tucked in a lush green forest in southern Estonia, a group of women gather in the safe darkness of a smoke sauna to share their innermost thoughts and secrets. Enveloped by a warm, dense heat, they bare their souls to each other, expelling fears and shame trapped in their bodies, regaining their strength through a sense of communion. A deeply moving and intimate documentary, SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD approaches issues of trauma, healing, and community by delving into the cultural tradition of Vana-Võromaa's smoke saunas in South Estonia (which are included in UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list).The film draws inspiration from their historical role in childbirth, and how they are unique spaces for healing, contemplation and connection. Filmed almost as if a Vermeer or Rembrandt painting, the camera is never intrusive or mechanical. Rather, the images move as the smoke – lingering, wafting, suspended briefly before disappearing and reappearing. With an authentic voice and authority born of their own heritage, filmmaker Anna Hints has created a transformative experience of being human within a female body, showing women “as they are” with great emotional veracity and deep empathy.


"Director Anna Hints captures this intimate ritual in a stunningly visceral and absorbing way. Her camera engages with the tight space by cradling bodies and faces revealed in chiaroscuro. An exchange of voices share what their bodies have experienced and withstood. The testimonies are deeply personal while also feeling universally recognizable. Hints further immerses us into the space with a soundscape saturated with breath and steam. The heat, sweat, and corporeality are palpable. At times, the women’s anatomies become landscapes, the sweat like rain. Moments outside in the cool light of the forest offer a release dispersed throughout the experience. It’s a beautiful privilege to be allowed into this healing space, and Hints honors the tradition and the empowered vulnerability of women with her striking and engrossing portrait." 

-Sundance Festival


  • Dinner Party & Film!

    Film Screening, Beer & Wine are included with Your Dinner! Doors for the film open at 5pm, Director's Introduction and screening begins at 5:30pm, The Networking Dinner party will be held after the film at 7:15pm. Admission for one to SMOKE SAUNA SISTERHOOD: Dinner and Documentary. The film will be screening in our sanctuary before the unique culinary-art experience! The ticket price includes an exceptional dinner party, film screening and a curated beverages!

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