Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a different type of culinary-movie watching experience in Portland

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Reel Eats, a quarterly film series at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) in Portland, has a treat for the senses this Valentine’s Day. And there are instructions, which you must follow carefully to thoroughly enjoy this culinary experience closely integrated into the featured movie, Say Anything.

Say Anything is a story about first love directed by Cameron Crowe. John Cusack plays Lloyd, a noble underachiever and an eternal optimist. He wants to capture the heart of Diane, a beautiful valedictorian played by Ione Skye. Everyone is surprised when Diane falls in love with Lloyd. When Diane’s divorced, overly possessive father finds out about the romance, he disapproves and tries to intervene.

Interested? Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Buy tickets at OMSI’s Reel Eats page. They’re $30 apiece.
  2. Show up at OMSI at 6:15 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, where you’ll be welcomed with a tray of eight numbered boxes. Each box is filled with a curated bite that closely matches key moments in Say Anything.
  3. Grab your seats at the Empirical Theater. At 7 p.m., museum staff will provide an introduction and instructions for the evening.
  4. Watch Say Anything starting at 7:15 p.m. During the next hour and 40 minutes, you’ll munch on the bites on your tray in numerical order as each key moment appears on the silver screen. Each box contains an average of three bites.

The Empirical Café will be open until 8 p.m. if you want to buy beverages and extra food before or during the movie.

OMSI is located at 1945 SE Water Avenue (view directions). Parking costs $5, and the closest MAX light rail stop is a 10-minute walk away (view MAX routes and schedules). For more information about special events at OMSI and the museum, visit OMSI’s website or call (503) 797-4000.

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