Barf-o-rama!

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.

Have you tried the strudel here?

Last night, 50 people gathered at the Stock Exchange Bakery for Cannoli & Gun’s inaugural sold out film + food event, screening Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and serving delicious fresh strudel and milk.

Glorious Strudel for Inglourious Basterds

Glorious Strudel for Inglourious Basterds

Baked late yesterday afternoon, the strudel and cream was presented as people arrived, together with the nice cold milk. Many had taken advantage of the proximity of nearby businesses for their pre-pastry meal, popping to Bagel Boy opposite, or heading to Brew Bristol for their BYO beer. Bristol is a great place for food and drink.

After a short welcome from Tim, a couple of trailers for forthcoming events preceded the main event, Tarantino’s glo(u)rious return to form. Equal measures horrifying, tense, and funny, Inglourious Basterds is not a short film, but with the drinks and freshly popped popcorn that was also available, the evening seemed to go particularly fast.

And feedback coming in was positive.

Fancy getting in on this action? You can join us for one (or both!) of our next two film+food events.

On May 29th, we’re going back to 1959 with the classic 1986 coming-of-age drama STAND BY ME, which is being served with delicious fresh fruit pies back at the Stock Exchange Bakery. Check here for more info.

And on June 22nd, we’re going back to 1994 with the frankly iconic PULP FICTION, served with fries and a tasty burger at Chomp Grill. It will be popular, and tickets are already going. Check here for more info.

Cannoli 8 Gun – An Interview with the Stock Exchange Bakery

This is the first in what we hope will be a series of interviews in which we ask 8 questions of the hosts of the great venues serving glorious food in which we’ll be screening great films around Bristol. 

We met up with Georgina Turner, owner of the Stock Exchange Bakery, which opened in October last year.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself!

I grew up on a farm in Herefordshire where we grew and raised everything that was put on the table. It was an idyllic childhood and I learnt so much about seasonal and fresh produce. My heritage is farming and the family has been milling since 1801. The Mill used horse and wagons to deliver the bread and cake for over 100 years.

2. What inspired you to open the bakery?

The bakery was no great master plan! After freezing at the farmers markets for two years and growing out of my home kitchen I had to look for a much larger premises. The Stock Exchange Building became available and it was the perfect venue to open a bakery/cafe. We are now in the process of setting up a second Stock Exchange in Bristol…very exciting times!

3. What is your earliest memory of baking?

My earliest memory of baking was standing on a stool in the kitchen so that I could reach the working tops. I used to get an office lamp, weigh everything out into little dishes and pretend I was Delia Smith. I usually made scones as living on a dairy farm there was plenty of cream available.

4. The Stock Exchange Bakery is a bit of a success story. What would you say the challenges are to running a successful bakery and café?

Crikey! Thank you. There are many challenges when opening any new business. You can plan ahead as much as you want but guaranteed there are plenty more issues you never even thought about. Getting the right team together is probably one of the most difficult but most rewarding aspects to this business. I feel very fortunate to have found some really enthusiastic, talented people who love what they do.

5. And what are the real pleasures?

The real pleasures are hearing the great feedback. Especially when you have been up half the night. Again, working in an environment with such brilliant people who love what they do gives me a huge amount of satisfaction.

6. What is your favourite thing that you sell?

This has to be the item I eat the most, unfortunately for my waist line it isn’t the healthiest option….it’s got to be the cinnamon buns!

7. If you weren’t running a bakery and café, what do you think you would have ended up doing?

I wanted to be a pathologist when I was younger (strange child)! I would have liked to think I would be doing something creative and maybe would be a potter or artist.

8. And finally, what is your favourite film about food?

Ratatouille…It’s just brilliant and my two children love it too.

 

For more information about the Stock Exchange Bakery, visit their website, or follow them on Twitter.

Our screening of INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is at the Stock Exchange Bakery on Friday 24 April, at 8.00pm, and the Bakery will be making fresh strudel and cream to serve with the film. Tickets are just £10 including food and drink.

For more information on the screening, take a look here, and to buy tickets, go here.

You can keep up to date with all our info on our Twitter page.