You'd be lying if you said you never enjoyed eating a can of something like SpaghettiO'sin front of the TV watching a movie, maybe like Maid in Manhattan. Just leaned back on the couch, wearing nothing but undies and a Churchill's tank top, and thought: now this, this is the life.
Wynwood's art film house O Cinema and the Design District's gourmet yet genuine cuisine Michael's have joined forces to recreate this same sense of satisfaction but with better taste and more clothing. With OMG Dinner and a Movie, these two cultural giants are putting on a casual event with quality ingredients.
Jackie Sayet of Michael's Genuine Cuisine is a regular patron at O Cinema. One day while attending a film, she told the theater's co-directors Kareem Tabsch and Vivian Marthell that they should talk about doing something together.
What luck! Turns out it's their favorite restaurant in town. "We're big foodies, Vivian and I," said Tabsch. According to him, Jackie and Michael came by and, "We just started brainstorming on what we could do that would be really fun." The whole concept of dinner and a movie happened naturally, it unravelled with a "community, neighborly atmosphere, with amazing food and a really great movie."
This is the third event of its kind. The $38 cost of dinner and a movie includes a sneak peek of the film showing later that week and a meal especially curated by Chef Michael. The chef watches the film and creates a menu based on whatever the movie is, Tabsch says, "making him feel, whatever he's inspired by."
This week, the flick folks will be watching and eating is Dressed, which tells the tale of Nary Manivong who was once homeless and now is a budding fashion designer with a crazy story, and has shown his wares at the prestigious New York Fashion week.
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OMG takes place at O Cinema. Tabsch noted, "Everybody is energized. It's really low stress, and it's all about what are people going to enjoy the most." Michael's staff is on hand to feed you at a serving station. Just pull up, grab an old school style lunch tray and dig in.
Watch and eat at O Cinema on August 23 (90 NW 29 Street, Miami) at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $38, but if you spend $68, it includes a copy of Michael's Genuine Food: Down to Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat. Beer and wine are available for purchase separately. Visit O-Cinema.org.