(HOPEWELL, NJ) – The spring 2022 reopening of the Hopewell Theater will feature the theater’s popular series, The Art of Living Well (AOLW) featuring two AOLW supper clubs titled Food for Thought. AOLW is known for presenting various programs that explore ways to cultivate serenity, meaning, and a deeper connection to self and the world. That’s exactly what Supper Clubs will do this spring. Each Food for Thought Supper Club will feature a film accompanied by a bespoke chef-prepared meal on an AOLW theme, followed by an engaging post-film panel discussion.
The Food for Thought Supper Club events are:
MATTER FOR THINKING: “LES OYTREICIERS” FILM PLUS CLUB DINNER AND DISCUSSION – Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. (Supper Club tickets) and 7 p.m. (Film Only tickets). See how environmental activists and New Jersey leaders are working together to preserve the Garden State’s waterways with the film The Oyster Farmers. This feature-length documentary centers on coastal life in New Jersey and oyster farmers cultivating a resurgence of an economic and cultural lifeblood, the once prolific Oriental oyster.
The film will be followed by a panel discussion on waterways across the Garden State and how environmental activists and leaders are working together to maintain them.
Discussion panelists include: Kyle Gronostajski, environmental director of the Jetty Rock Foundation; VSChristophe Albrecht, Executive Chef of the Ryland Inn; Tim Dillingham, executive director of the American Littoral Society; and Carolyn Klaube, Sourland Conservancy Stream Monitoring Program.
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Ryland Inn Chef Christopher Albrecht will prepare the Supper Club menu. Chef Albrecht was born and raised in central New Jersey. Sourced from small family farms and ranches, the ingredients he works with are delivered at the peak of flavor, then combined with the attention to detail, integrity and technique he has learned over the past thirty years. The Supper Club meal will be on the theme of oysters in line with the film.
THINKING POINTS: FILM “JULIA” PLUS CLUB DINNER AND DISCUSSION – Tuesday, May 24 at 6 p.m. (Supper Club tickets) and 7 p.m. (Film Only tickets). Julia brings to life the legendary cookbook author and television superstar who changed the way Americans view food, television, and even women. Using never-before-seen archival footage, personal photos, first-person narratives, and mouth-watering cutting-edge food cinematography, the film traces Julia Child’s 12-year struggle to create and publish the groundbreaking Master the art of French cuisine (1961).
Join us after the film for a panel discussion with award-winning cookbook authors and culinary innovators on how Julia Child’s legacy still impacts, inspires and drives us forward today.
Discussion panelists include: Kristin Donnelly, cookbook author and culinary brand consultant; Ian Knauer, cookbook author and television host; and Supa DeRose, cook and culinary instructor.
The Supper Club meal will be provided by RSC atelier, formerly the Rosemont Supper Club, led by two local chefs with over forty years of combined experience in professional kitchens across America. RSC atelier prides itself on sourcing as much local produce as possible, cooking memorable dishes, and providing new ideas and techniques to a receptive and adventurous clientele. The Supper Club meal will be an ode to Julia Child and French cuisine.
For both programs, customers will have the option of purchasing a movie and talk ticket only or a Supper Club ticket that also includes dinner. Dinner is “chef’s choice”, so there is no substitution. Dinner includes a complimentary dessert, coffee and one water or soda per person.
The theater has taken the necessary precautions for the safety of its patrons, staff, and talent, including HVAC upgrades, extensive cleaning and sanitation before and after shows, and requiring all patrons , staff and talents to wear a mask inside the building. Customers must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to attend a show. Learn more about the theater’s health and safety policy here.
Hopewell Theater is located at 5 South Greenwood Avenue in Hopewell, New Jersey. Enjoy this spring season with your loved ones at one of New Jersey’s premier performing arts theaters!