For Grace

Friday September 18th 6:30 p.m.

Curtis Duffy, a teen who fought and stole for the thrill, discovered his place in the kitchen after a home economics teacher nurtured his talents. After an unimaginable tragedy involving his parents, Duffy doubled down on his cooking career. Soon, his intense drive earned him accolades as one of the country’s most renowned chefs. But as he began building his dream restaurant in Chicago, called Grace, Duffy found himself in another point of personal crisis: His laser focus cost him his marriage and two young daughters.

For Grace is a documentary about food, family, sacrifice, and the journey from concrete box to opening night of one of the world’s most acclaimed restaurants.


Mark Helenowski,  For Grace co-director and producer, will introduce the film and participate in the post-film discussion and Q&A.

Amanda Faison, Editor-in-Chief of DiningOut Magazine,  will lead the post-film discussion.


If a restaurant offers its own delivery service, we suggest that you select it over third-party services or pick up your meal yourself. That option helps restaurants financially. Featured dinners and ordering/pickup information is available on the EventBrite ticketing page for this event.

Blackbelly, 1606 Conestoga St., Boulder, phone orders at (720) 479-8296 until 8pm for pickup on Friday, 9/18 between 4 and 6pm. Website: Blackbelly
Pre-order via phone or online. Wednesday, Sept. 16 ordering deadline. See for more info.

For Grace-Inspired Chef’s Tasting Menu To-Go (small plates, $40)

  • 1st course: Heirloom Tomato Tartlet, Tomato Nduja, Basil Pickled Tomatoes, House Cheese
  • 2nd course: Endive, Compressed Melon, Blackbelly Pancetta
  • 3rd course: Koji Cured 7x Wagyu, Roasted Mushrooms, Crispy Alliums
  • 4th course: Roasted Sweet Corn Pudding

Bistro Vendome, 1420 Larimer Street, Denver, phone orders at (303) 825-3232. Website:

Coq au Vin Blanc ($28)

Chablis-braised half chicken, baby carrots, cipollini onions, marble potatoes, pea tendril salad

New Online Experience

Starting with For Grace, we will be using Eventive Virtual Festival to present all events, including our January 28-February 5th Festival. Eventive provides an online experience that integrates pre-recorded and live content; you will not have to access films and Zoom manually. You can access Eventive through your computer, iPad, iPhone, and television if you have an Apple TV, Chromecast (3rd gen or later), or a smart TV enabled with AirPlay or Chromecast. Click the FAQs button for more information on using and troubleshooting Eventive.

How Dinner and a Movie works

Each Dinner and a Movie event will consist of:

    • A featured food film available to stream online
    • Specific recommended meals related to the film that viewers can order, pick up or have delivered, and eat while watching the movie
    • Speakers for a film introduction and post-film discussion via Zoom
    • A $10 viewing fee

    We’ll stream a movie every Friday, including some past favorites from previous festivals. The EventBrite event description will contain all event details, including featured restaurant and recipe information. As new information comes in, such as new restaurants or dinner details, we will add it to the EventBrite and Festival Facebook pages.

    Approximately one hour before the event, all participants will receive an email with access information for the streaming film as well as for the live film introduction and post-film discussion and Q&A on Zoom. Participants will start watching, and eating together, at 6:30 p.m. (MST). Those who can’t join the live presentation can still access the film and recorded post-film discussion until 12 p.m. (MST)  the next Sunday.

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