Sat, Feb 18|
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS: Dinner & Documentary!
Our Food Systems Films & Pop-up Dinner Series continues to delight the senses with a delectable 3-course culinary experience created by Forage & Flourish featuring seasonal Black Winter Truffles, regional wines and dishes inspired by the film: THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (2020).
Time & Location
Feb 18, 2023, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Epsilon Spires, 190 Main St, Brattleboro, VT 05301, USA
About the Event
This unforgetable food and film experience begins with a screening of THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (2020, 84 mins), followed by a 3-course dinner created by Forage & Florish paired with wines from the region featured in the film.
Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of men, seventy or eighty years young, hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science's efforts at cultivation. They're guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations, as well as by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs. They live a simpler, slower way of life, in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairy tale. They're untethered to cell phone screens or the Internet, opting instead to make their food and drink by hand and prioritizing in-person connections and community.
The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. As a result of climate change, deforestation, and the lack of young people taking up the mantle, the truffle hunters' secrets are more coveted than ever. However, as it soon becomes clear, these ageing men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.
“A scrumptious cinematic journey. Try not to fall hard for the joy it spreads.” – Tomris Laffly, VARIETY
“Gorgeous. Unique. Delightful. Visual Poetry. A fascinating glimpse inside a world of arcane knowledge and the luxury market that feeds off it. A constant feast for the eyes and a nourishment for the soul, giving the illusion of a journey back in time to a pre-technology age of simpler pleasures.” – David Rooney, THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER
Paired with the dinner will be Porcini Rosemary Truffles & Chocolate "Soil" by Tavernier Chocolates, plus two wines from the region of Italy where truffles naturally occur, a dry white 2021 Gavi di Gavi DOCG from Enrico Serafino, and a red 2020 Barbera d'Asti DOC from the Marchesi di Gresy estate. The wines have been selected by sommelier Rob Forman, who is also a new addition to the board of directors of Epsilon Spires. Forman describes the Barbera d’Asti wine as “aromatic, dry and snappy,” noting that “both wines are incredibly fresh, lively, food-friendly, and are produced sustainably.”
The fresh black Winter truffles showcased in the main course was sourced from Trufflin, a Black-owned business whose mission is to democratize gourmet food by increasing accessibility. The Food Systems Films & Pop-Up Dinner Series was made possible by generous support from the Grassroots Fund. Tickets for the Dinner and Film are $45. with sliding-scale spaces available starting at $25. Tickets for the film only (popcorn included) are $12. with sliding-scale starting at $5.
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POP-UP DINNER & FILM TICKETS
Admission for one to THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS: Dinner and Documentary. The film will be screening in our sanctuary before the unique culinary-art experience! The ticket price includes an exceptional 3-course dinner, film screening and a curated beverage from the region featured in the film to enjoy with your meal. Please let us know in advance of any dietary allergies or restrictions so we can best plan to substitute ingredients and accommodate. Thanks!Price$45.00Sold Out
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DINNER & FILM- Sliding Scale
Admission for one to THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS: Dinner and Documentary. The film will be screening in our sanctuary before the unique culinary-art experience! The ticket price includes an exceptional 3-course dinner, the film screening and a beverage to enjoy with your meal. Tickets for this event are $45. Thanks to support from the Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, subsidized tickets starting at $25. are available for those who self-identify as experiencing financial hardship. Please pay what you can :)PricePay what you wantSold Out
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Film & Popcorn: Tickets
Admission for one to THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (Film & Free Popcorn Included). The film will start shortly after 6pm. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. $2 from every ticket goes directly towards the historic preservation of the venue. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!Price$12.00
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Film & Popcorn- Sliding Scale
Admission for one to THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (Film & Free Popcorn Included). The film will start shortly after 6pm. Please choose your seating with respect for others and let us know if you require special arrangements. $2 from every ticket goes directly towards the historic preservation of the venue. Thank you for your support! Enjoy the program!PricePay what you want