Do This: A Reel Deal dinner at Ella's (before it sells out)

"To eat good food, is to be close to God."

The Reel Deal Dinner Club presents Big Night at Ella’s

5119 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Sept. 26, 7 p.m. Big Night Dinner: $100, 10 courses with five wines and one aperitif; Big Night Family-Style: $30, three shareable plates with one beer or wine. 813-234-1000. Event on Facebook.

“To eat good food, is to be close to God,” according to Primo, one half of the Big Night’s sibling duo, who emigrate to the U.S. from Italy to launch their own Italian restaurant in the film.

This 1996 classic sets the stage for a new dining-out adventure from Reel Deal (a monthly series that combines movies with music and art), Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe in Seminole Heights and visiting chef Eddie Shumard: The Reel Deal Dinner Club presents Big Night at Ella’s. Screening films that highlight famous food scenes or the culinary experience, the dinner club aims to blend its love for all things cinematic with the gastronomic.

During its first installment, Ella’s chef Suzanne Crouch will collaborate with Shumard — founding sous chef of Tampa’s Refinery and freelance chef/knife for hire at NY’s Brooklyn Brewery — to create a 10-course tasting menu for 40 in the dining room’s upstairs balcony, where seven courses inspired by the Big Night and three “eat-the-scene” courses, which transform different moments from the film into dishes, will be featured. Seventy other patrons will chow down on three family-style, Big Night-themed plates downstairs and at the bar.

Tickets may be purchased at Ella’s in person or online.

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