Midnight Brunch x Girl Walk // All Day descending upon Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg (Brooklyn) last weekend, and we can absolutely guarantee that none of our guests knew what they were really in for.
Nitehawk in a very cool film house that shows mainly indie films (with bigger releases being shown from time to time). In addition to a great movie selection, they have a full bar and serve drinks, appetizers, dinner and desserts straight to your seat while you enjoy your movie. The spot has been a favorite weekend haunt of mine since seeing The Rum Diary there last year.
his edition of Midnight Brunch was sponsored by BULLDOG Gin and Misfit, Inc., with BULLDOG Gin taking the lead role, walking guests through some fun facts about the independent spirit company, based right out of Manhattan. BULLDOG Gin is a light and versatile London Dry Gin, which guests got to sip on all night in the downstairs bar (which was shut down just for Midnight Brunch). We enjoyed three craft cocktails, devised by Jen Marshall (bar manager at Nitehawk Cinema).
Brand New Heavies BULLDOG Gin Benedictine Fresh Lemon Juice Orange Bitters
Brooklyn Banks Punch Banks 5 Island Rum Moroccan Mint Tea Sencha Green Tea Demerara Simple Syrup Fresh Lime Juice
Girl Walk Lemonade Tito's Handmade Vodka Housemade Rosemary Lemonade
While the cocktails absolutely sparkled on Friday night, the real stars of of the evening were filmmakers Jacob Krupnick and Youngna Park, the creators of indie film Girl Walk // All Day. The Brooklyn-based pair funded their film's production on Kickstarter, exceeding their initial $5,000 goal by $20,000. The film's soundtrack (which is a major base for the plot) is the creative commons mashup, "All Day," by DJ / artist Girl Talk, and the film itself was filmed in public places all over New York City. Given the film's musical and physical backdrops, I worked with Nitehawk's head chef Russell Dougherty on creating a menu that paid tribute the the songs and sights of the film.
Staten Island Ferry meatballs
"Can I Get a" Zucchini Balls with Yogurt and Sriracha Sauces
Rude Boy Boy Boy Mini Hot Dogs
After we enjoyed cocktail hour and appetizers, we all made our way into a private theater for a special midnight screening of the film.
Main course choices were all inspired by songs in the film.
Girl Walk x Nitehawk Burger and Disco Stick Tater Tots
"Occupy My Burrito" with roasted Veggies, black beans and avocado dressing with a side salad
"I Like it Raw" kale salad with crispy parsnips, garlic honey vinaigrette, mango, tomato, carrots and sesame seeds
The desserts were a tribute to a scene shot at Yankee Stadium. We actually crowdsourced an idea for one of the desserts on Facebook.
Caramel Peanut Popcorn Balls
Brooklyn Red Velvet Cake Pops
After the film (during which there was much booty shaking, arm waving and chair dancing), we enjoyed a spirited Q&A with Jacob and Youngna.
Enjoy a few more highlights from the evening below. All photos in this post by Clay Williams.
Check out the rest of the photos from Midnight Brunch x Girl Walk // All Day edition here. We partnered with Time Out New York as the ticketing and marketing partner for this event. For more details on the event, visit their post here: http://bit.ly/mbtony12.
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