May 20th, 2009
Back when Asparagus! The Stalkumentary was first released, I went to the Wealthy Theatre to view it. I was intrigued by it then because my business was new and I was getting into the ‘foodie’ scene. I knew right away through friends that one of the producers & directors of this 53-minute film was Kirsten Kelly, a fellow Calvin grad, who grew up in Oceana County on an asparagus farm – so she knows firsthand how this all goes.
After viewing the film I was provoked to follow it, because WOW – it was funny, sad, politically angering (even though I profess to not care about politics!) and truly eye-opening! It took a while for it to move through all of the film festivals and such (and very respected ones like Harvard’s The Food Literacy Project) to make its way to mainstream sales and video. Since it came out on video I’ve been selling it in the store. It’s $24.95 retail. Recently it made its way to our local PBS station GVSU and I know more people have now seen it.
However, I know you all haven’t seen this movie. That would be impossible. And being as excited as I am about eating local, about eating asparagus in many different forms and about promoting Wealthy Street, I couldn’t help but want to promote this movie to a wider audience. Did I mention what a fabulous person the director, Kirsten, is too? She is passionate about asparagus and she will be in the house to talk about these tall green stalks of veggie. Join us!
So here it is, Art of the Table sponsors a local asparagus festival!
Asparagus: A stalkumentary
Please join us for a local asparagus festival
featuring an open house of samples and information
as well as a screening of the film
& a Q&A session with producer
and director, Kirsten Kelly!
The feature is a captivating & award winning short film which brings to reality the joys and struggles
of Oceana County, Michigan farmers.
The film is described by NY Magazine as “oddly brilliant” as well as “powerful, disturbing, political and yet highly enjoyable!” by local viewers.
Where? Wealthy Theatre @ 1130 Wealthy Street SE
When? Wednesday, June 3
6-7:30pm open “asparagus” house with food sampling, local stores & farmer appearances *see list below*
7:30-9pm film & discussion
Cost? Only $10, all proceeds go to the Wealthy Street Business Alliance!
Advance tickets (recommended) available online @ www.grcmc.org
and tickets will be available at the door.
Open House booths include:
- Mrs. Asparagus ‘89 and Mrs. Asparagus Runner-up ‘89
- Brick Road Pizza samples – asparagus pizza
- Electric Cheetah samples — asparagus bruschetta
- The Sparrows samples—asparagus crepes
- Amy Sherman of Slow Food West Michigan samples—asparagus soup
- The Winchester samples something delectable
- Art of the Table—store products related to gardening & I heart asparagus “schwag”
- West Michigan Co-op will promote local farmers
- Literary Life Bookstore— featuring books on asparagus and local eating
- Local First – a presence to promote Local First’s foodie members
- Food for Thought magazine will hand out free copies of its local foodie magazine
- Asparagus preservation demo by Joy-Elizabeth Lawrence
…and more to come!
Join us – it’s a great way to experience local food & fun & education all at the same time! And supporting the WSBA isn’t a bad idea either! Hope to see you there!