NEW YORK — Have you ever wanted to get a piece of the action on a movie project? Well, you sort of can if you respond to an invitation to attend a tasting of Basque wines and cheese in support of “Ipuina Kontatu.”
That’s the title of Emily Lobsenz’s documentary about the survival of Basque culture, a film that now is in the editing process. She’s trying to raise funds to complete the project, thus the fundraiser. You won’t actually have a piece of the action, but you will have a role in seeing it to fruition as well as getting an opportunity to try a selection of wines and cheeses you don’t come across every day.
The event is scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, at Bar Basque which is handling the arrangements in conjunction with the restaurant Txikito. It will include a sneak peak of the in-progress film, music from Kepa Junkera’s “Etxea-Kalea-Herria” triology and live jazz performances, as well as a silent auction that will include some rare wines and cheeses and hand-made Argentinean leather goods from Hare and Heart.
Tastings will include wines from the Rioja-Alavesa, such as from the Zuazo Gaston bodega, as well as Txakoli from Txomin Etxaniz, while cheeses include handmade ewe’s cheese from the black-faced Carranzana sheep and handmade goat’s cheese from the Azpi Gorri, animals both in danger of extinction. Joseba and Bego Isusi, who are featured in the film, note that this will be the only time the cheeses — which they say are both part slow-food products and made in extremely limited quantities — will have been served in the United States.
A minimum donation of $50 includes automatic entry to a raffle to win dinner for four at Bar Basque, located at 839 Avenue of the Americas. All donations are 100% tax deductible. More details are available online.
(Incidentally, here is a good guide to link to items about Basque culture.)
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