Volunteer outreach is what makes a community. Seeing people and local businesses band together to make their city better is a support system unlike any other that leads to a more cohesive living space and happier community members. This is exactly what comes to mind when local chef, Eric Stapelman, decided to lend a hand to Capitol Hill’s own Northwest Film Forum.
The Forum is Seattle’s premiere film arts organization that screens over 200 independently made and classic films annually. The films are showcased through screenings and festivals put on by the organization, Local Sightings Film Festival being one of their many successes. The next step is to encourage community involvement, and this time, it is through the culinary arts.
Eric Stapelman is the owner of VIVRE, a French bistro on Capitol Hill, and has been in the restaurant business for almost fifteen years now. Over this time, he has owned and operated four restaurants in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where he began his ongoing commitment to serving the community through fundraisers and benefit events. From there he moved to Seattle to continue expanding his culinary skills and lend a hand to a new community. It’s no surprise that Stapelman would once again leap at the opportunity to collaborate with the Northwest Film Forum for a second year during their Local Sightings Film Festival.
As the festival approaches its 18th year, the Film Forum has struck gold with a one-of-a-kind chef. Eric Stapelman and his partner have hosted events for organizations such as Santa Fe Animal Shelter, The Santa Fe Opera, and Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center just to name a few, but this list goes on and on. With an impressive resume of non-profit and not-for-profit organization collaborations, he and his partner have been able to raise over $360,000 for said groups during their tenure in Santa Fe. One can only imagine what they could bring to the Seattle community overtime as they continue their local outreach.
With a $135 admission ticket to the Local Sightings Film Festival Dinner, attendees are given the opportunity to mingle with the festival’s jury members and filmmakers while enjoying a magnificently prepared three-course meal of traditional French cuisine paired with a few select wines. Not only will you be wined and dined by Eric Stapelman and fellow film lovers, but the ticket also comes with an exclusive entrance to the closing night awards ceremony of Local Sightings.
The dinner will be held at Stapelman’s own restaurant, VIVRE, on Saturday, October 3rd. The night begins with a happy hour at 5pm, and dinner will be served at 5:30pm, while the awards ceremony begins at 7:45pm. The chef is donating his time and resources for the event, and all proceeds will go to Northwest Film Forum.
It is moments like these that really show what a community is capable of, and Eric Stapelman is a great front man for the job. For any more information on the event go to www.nwfilmforum.org or call (206)-329-2629. Tickets can be purchased here.