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Dinner and a movie at the Riviera Theatre!

April Supper Club

April Supper Club

The Lunchbox is a feast of a film, and one that leaves the viewer hungry as soon as the credits roll. The Indian movie follows the travels of a lunchbox in Mumbai’s famous lunch-delivery system and chronicles the lives of those who interact with it. How appropriate, we thought, to pair this with an array of Indian dishes for the next installation of the Underground Supper Club!

This dinner, which took place on Saturday, April 25, was the 8th event of its kind to support the Huss Project, though the first to include a movie with the meal. Forty attendees arrived at the beautiful Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers for a private showing of The Lunchbox, while enjoying a snack of cardamom-spiced candy. After the movie, everyone took a seat at tables set up on the stage, and dug into the appetizer — pappadam (lentil and wheat crackers) and chutney made with Michigan apples and cherries — which was followed by a fresh, bright carrot and cashew salad. The main course, served family-style, mirrored the contents of the lunchbox from the movie: rice, roti (soft Indian flatbread), and two types of curry. The eggplant-tomato curry and saag paneer aloo (kale and spinach curry with potatoes and paneer, an Indian cheese) paired fabulously with a cucumber yogurt sauce and with the chutney. And, since no meal is complete without dessert, the dinner finished with a mango-lime sorbet and gulab jamun (milk donuts in rose-scented syrup). One of the attendees was randomly selected to win a tin lunchbox from World Fare, similar to the one in the movie — congratulations, Roxie!

We are ever so grateful, as always, to the attendees and faithful supporters of our work. We were able to raise over $2,300 at this event, and every dollar contributes to the vision of *culture is not optional for imagination, art, and food at the Huss Project! Collaborating with the Riviera Theatre is always a pleasure as well. We find great energy in hosting events like this which connect with people’s hearts, minds, and stomachs. Looking forward to seeing you at the next one! Please contact us if you would like to be added to our invitation list.

Deborah Haak

Deborah is a core community member of *culture is not optional and works at the Three Rivers Public Library.