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indies + eats

indies + eats

Ox + Anchor, in partnership with the SLO Film Fest, invites you to enjoy the perfect pairing – dinner and a movie. In January and February catch food-related films playing at the historic Palm Theatre, and then head next door to treat yourself to an exclusive prix fixe dinner before or after the film!

As a featured extra, $10 from each Indies + Eats dinner will be donated to the San Luis Obispo Film Festival.

Babette’s Feast

1987 | Denmark

The ultimate food film, Babette’s Feast is a beloved treasure of cinema and is a lovingly layered tale of a mysterious French housekeeper who starts a quiet revolution in the form of one exquisite meal.

Babette is a talented French chef who prepares an extraordinary meal for a puritanical community in a small Danish village. Babette’s feast is a multi-course culinary extravaganza that unfolds with meticulous attention to detail. The dishes are a celebration of French gastronomy, featuring savory delicacies and a sumptuous array of desserts.

While the villagers initially approach the feast with trepidation due to their austere lifestyle, they eventually succumb to the exquisite flavors and textures of the dishes, allowing the barriers between them to begin dissolving.

Director: Gabriel Axel
Writers: Karen Blixen, Gabriel Axel, Isak Dinese
Cast: Stéphane Audran, Bodil Kjer, Birgitte Federspiel, Jean-Philippe Lafont


2021 | United States

Julia tells the remarkable story of the legendary chef, cookbook author and television superstar who, through her food, humor and distinct personality, changed the way Americans think about food, television, and women.

With the archival footage and recreations of some of her favorite and most famous dishes, watching Julia is a culinary feast for the eyes and the soul.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West
Cast: Julia Child, José Andrés, Paul Bogaards

In the Mood For Love

2000 | Hong Kong, France

Hailed as one of the greatest films of all time, In the Mood For Love is a stunning visual masterpiece. Two neighbors form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses, but agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

One notable scene features the two main characters sharing a meal in a noodle shop where the atmosphere is intimate, and the food becomes a symbolic representation of the characters’ unspoken connection.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Writer: Kar-Wai Wong
Cast: Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Maggie Cheung, Siu Ping-Lam, Tung Cho ‘Joe’ Cheung
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The Truffle Hunters

2020 | United States

Deep in the forests of Piedmont, Italy, a handful of elderly men hunt for the rare and expensive white Alba truffle—which to date has resisted all of modern science’s efforts at cultivation. Guided by a secret culture and training passed down through generations and by the noses of their cherished and expertly-trained dogs, they live a simple and slow way of life in harmony with their loyal animals and their picture-perfect land, seemingly straight out of a fairytale.

The demand for white truffles increases year after year, even as the supply decreases. The truffle hunters’ secrets are more coveted than ever, but as it soon becomes clear, these aging men may just hold something much more valuable than even this prized delicacy: the secret to a rich and meaningful life.

Directors: Michael Dweck, Gregory Kershaw
Cast: Piero Botto, Sergio Cauda, Maria Cicciù, Aurelio Conterno
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Eat, Pray, Love

2010 | United States

Liz Gilbert thought she had everything she wanted in life but now, newly divorced and facing a turning point, she finds that she is confused about what is important to her. stepping out of her comfort zone, Liz embarks on a quest of self-discovery that takes her to Italy, India, and Bali.

While in Italy, the film showcases an abundance of authentic local cuisine. From pasta dishes to pizza and gelato, the scenes in Italy celebrate the joy of indulging in flavorful and comforting food. The meals become a symbol of pleasure, indulgence, and the importance of savoring life’s simple and delightful moments.

Director: Ryan Murphy
Writers: Ryan Murphy, Jennifer Salt, Elizabeth Gilbert
Cast: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Richard Jenkins, Viola Davis
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Palm Theatre
817 Palm St
(Next door to Ox + Anchor)

4:15 pm (Saturdays and Sundays)
7 pm (Wednesdays)

Advanced dinner reservations are highly recommended. Please specify the prix fixe menu when making your reservation.

The Prix Fixe Menu does not include tickets to the film

Suggested dinner reservation times
6:30 pm or later for 4:15 pm showtime
5 pm for 7 pm showtime

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