Last Friday, nearly 50 people gathered in the Stock Exchange Bakery on St Nicholas Street to watch Rob Reiner’s classic coming-of-age drama Stand By Me, while eating delicious sweet pies. Fortunately, there was no ensuing barf-o-rama to be seen…
Freshly baked that afternoon, the pies were wolfed down by attendees as they arrived and settled in for the film. Each attendee received a free packet of Pez – a nod to the throwaway line in which Vern (Jerry O’Connell) answers the question of what he would eat if he could only eat one thing for the rest of his life with, “Pez. Cherry Pez”.
Stand By Me is not an entirely happy film – coming-of-age dramas are full of conflict and resolution – but it has so many moments that resonate, even if you weren’t a boy growing up in 1950s America. It’s a timeless classic about childhood, adulthood, and that odd space in between the two. And this film fills that gap as deeply as the pies filled the hungry tummies of those at the screening.
Reaction to the night was strong, as people took to Twitter.
And we’ve had a lovely review come in from Flavour Flair – you can read it here.
Our next event, Pulp Fiction, has sold out already, but we have tickets for When Harry Met Sally on sale now. We’re screening it at City Deli Bristol, and serving it with delicious New York deli style sandwiches and a slice of pecan pie. Go here for more information, or to buy tickets, go here.