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May 11, 2021

MEDIA CONTACT:
Cheryl Crooks, Executive Director
CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival
Cheryl@cascadiafilmfest.org
360-543-0149
http://www.cascadiafilmfest.org

CASCADIA Invites You To Dinner And A Movie

Participants of this year's CASCADIA International Women's Film Festival can enjoy discounts and special offers at some of their favorite local Bellingham & Whatcom County restaurants while enjoying a selection of fantastic films curated by film industry professionals around the world.

Now in its fifth year, CASCADIA is introducing a Featured Restaurant Program for all-access and individual festival ticket holders. Each day during the festival, a different locally-owned restaurant will be spotlighted in the Daily Digests sent to our pass and ticket holders.

Participating restaurants include Evolve Chocolate+Cafe, El Rinconcito Mexican Restaurant, Fairhaven Pizza, Soy House, Tandoori Bites, Five Columns and Red River Cafe at the Silver Reef Resort. Just mention CASCADIA or present the required coupon or code when you order take-out or dine in at the restaurant of your choice anytime throughout the 10-day festival to receive your special offer.

More information is our website here: www.cascadiafilmfest.org/featured-restaurant-program.

"We're fortunate to have a variety of Bellingham restaurants offer discounts on orders or complimentary items," said Executive Director Cheryl Crooks. "It's CASCADIA’s way to support and promote our local restaurants this year and goes hand-in-hand with CASCADIA's goal to promote Bellingham and Whatcom County as a destination for filmmakers and film lovers alike."

Now in its fifth year, CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival is bringing exceptional films directed by women all over the world to viewers throughout the country. The festival, which usually takes place in downtown Bellingham each spring will again be shown online this year May 13 through May 22. Tickets are on sale now on our website at www.cascadiafilmfest.org.

This year’s films include eight features and 19 short films including animated films, documentaries and narrative films. Films by students, emerging directors and Indigenous women are also in the mix, including "Monkey Beach" by Loretta S. Todd, an award-winning documentary Indigenous director. “Monkey Beach’ is her first dramatic feature film.

CASCADIA International Women’s Film Festival, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and showcasing the work of women filmmakers, was formed in Bellingham, Washington, in 2015. The organization also works year-round to provide film production, exhibition, and distribution education. More information about CASCADIA may be found on their website at www.cascadiafilmfest.org.


Featured Restaurants

Evolve Chocolate Café—Thursday, May 13

Christy and Shannon Fox, co-owners and founders of Bellingham’s Evolve Truffles (circa 2011-18) are both madly passionate about chocolate, local food and flavors. With just 30 years experience, classically trained Chef Christy along with creative muse wife Shannon Fox, and her own catering background, expanded the chocolate menu and opened their flagship cafe in the summer of 2018. Evolve Chocolate + Cafe; deliciously perched on the mezzanine level of Village Books in historic Fairhaven Village. In April 2020 Evolve Chocolate + Cafe pivoted to curbside pick up weekend dinners then to bbq + patio on the Fairhaven Village Green and will stay on the green as long as the sun permits.


El Rinconcito Mexican Restaurant—Friday, May 14

El Rinconcito Mexican Restaurant is a Family owned Restaurant with over 23 years in the business and is one of the oldest Mexican Restaurant in Bellingham. The Robles Family brings you the regional taste of Jalisco, from our town area in Mexico. Our restaurant is more than a place to dine, it’s a place to feel like one of the family. One of our diners’ favorite entrées is “pollo al mole.’ So, come, enjoy and feel you are home with us. El Rinconcito is located at 2416 Yew Street.

Discount information: 20% off your entire food or non-alcoholic beverage order when you mention CASCADIA.


Fairhaven Pizza—Sunday, May 16

Fairhaven Pizza has recently been taken over by the team behind ANMLY CAFE - a modern cafe serving a simple yet refined morning and midday menu in downtown bellingham. Our goal with this expansion is to collectively work towards bringing the focus on sustainability, nutrition, and fresh offerings from ANMLY to the Fairhaven pizza menu and atmosphere within the restaurant.

Pizza has and will always be a very traditional food. we aim to hold on to those core principals of hand tossed pizza, and bring in our own sense of creativity and fun. While Pizza is a staple on our menu, and our primary offering, we engage with the community and our guests well beyond just the food we serve. Our hopes are to live up to our social responsibility and be ambitious in our commitment to bettering those around us. we aim to be an inspiration on the forefront of living a motivated, well-balanced, sustainable lifestyle, and above all, have fun!

Discount information: Via the online ordering link (also found on website) use promo code "CASCADIA" when checking out to receive 20% off entire order.


Tandoori Bites—Wednesday, May 19

Tandoori Bites is a family-owned and operated Indian restaurant in Whatcom county serving food from fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. Our atmospheric bar area is a favorite spot for Happy Valley & Sehome locals to enjoy a few drinks while meeting with friends & neighbors or watching a game.

Discount information: Receive a complimentary dessert with your order when you mention CASCADIA!


Five Columns—Thursday, May 20

Five Columns has been a Bellingham favorite since 2000. Before it was Five Columns, Dimitri (Jim) ran the restaurant under the name Rib n Reef. When transitioning from Rib n Reef to Five Columns, there were five distinctive Greek Ionic columns added into the design of the restaurant. The owners, Dimitri (Jim) and Argedini (Dini) have been in the restaurant industry for the past 20 years in Bellingham. They were both born and raised in Greece and have incorporated a lot of family recipes and traditions into the menu here at Five Columns. Jim and Dini along with their two daughters, Soula and Niki, own and run the restaurant, making Five Columns a true family owned establishment!

Discount information: 10% off your order by calling 360-676-9900 and mentioning CASCADIA to receive the discount.


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