GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – United Way of Mesa County will present the Taste of the Grand Valley 2021 film project on April 22 at 6:00 p.m. ET.
The film project, along with the Ticket to Taste coupon booklets that went on sale this month, are the result of the annual Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley fundraiser moving to adapt to COVID- 19. “Home Loan Taste of the Grand Valley is the Mesa County United Way’s biggest annual fundraising event, but like so many other things in our lives, it has had to change and adapt this year,” he said. said CEO Zebulon Miracle. âBut make no mistake, the event is back and was designed not only to raise funds for 27 local nonprofits, but is also designed to help local restaurants that have been particularly hard hit during the last year.”
The film is created by Colorado Mesa University students Cat Garcia and Syd Smith. Professor Jeff Gustafson calls the project “An ideal collaboration that allowed students to team up with a community organization to produce a video that takes the student experience to the next level.” The film is free to the public and can be viewed at give.uwmesacounty.org/taste21. Centraide hopes that the community will be able to come together and enjoy the virtual event on April 22; the film will also be available for on-demand viewing after the premiere.
The documentary takes viewers to the kitchens of Devil’s Kitchen, Hot Tomato and Hacksteak Station to meet the skilled chefs responsible for local dishes and show off their talents – with a twist of originality. United Way surprised every kitchen with a box of locally sourced mystery ingredients, and the chefs had to use their creativity and quick-wittedness to create all-new entrees.
Ticket to Taste booklets cost $ 25 and contain offers for more than 45 local breweries, wineries, cafes, restaurants and other food vendors, with proceeds going to tackle community health issues, education and autonomy. The film and the booklets are intended to show the culinary talents of our community. âWe see it as a win-win,â says Miracle. “We want the booklet and the film to lead to more visits to local restaurants, we want film students to have the opportunity to work on a unique, professional-looking project, and we want to raise the necessary funds to fight against them. problems that our community continues. to deal with.”
Media are invited to a private screening of the film on April 22 at 5:30 p.m. at Dominguez Hall Room 111 (1248 Houston Avenue) at Colorado Mesa University.
To learn more about United Way, purchase a Ticket to Taste booklet, or to watch the film, visit give.uwmesacounty.org/taste21.