“Qué Tan Lejos” – Ecuadorian Feast and a Movie

Children in class

Children in class

Friday, May 29th

VIVA – Culinary Institute
7160 Keating Avenue
Sebastopol, CA 94572

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Your support enables children like Edith to continue their education and to eventually break the cycle of poverty into which they were born.

Our garden project provides fresh vegetables while teaching cooperative gardening skills.  And it’s fun too!

About the Menu:

The menu will include the following delicious native Ecuadorian foods.

  • Llapingachos: Little smashed potatoes pancakes with achiote (a natural red color seed) stuffed with cheese, served with thick red sausages, eggs, lettuce, avocado.
  • Locro de Queso: A soup made of potatoes, milk, cheese with avocado on the side.
  • Ecuadorian Organic Corn Salad
  • Bizcocho de Yogur: Yogurt Sponge Cake  –OR–  Dulce de Leche y Bizcochos: Corn meal cookies dipped in Dulce de Leche syrup

About the Movie: Qué Tan Lejos

Humor and sadness balance nicely in this lovely road movie

Humor and sadness balance nicely in this lovely road movie

Humor and sadness balance nicely in this lovely road movie. The backdrop is the Andes in Ecuador, the foreground, two young women. One hails from Barcelona, the other is from Quito –and both converge on their way to Cuenca, Ecuador’s third largest city. Their motives for going are disparate but they become one as the road unwinds, gets blocked and meanders through unsought destinations.

It is a voyage of self-discovery as it is a voyage of revelation of some of the nuances of a third-world country.

Tristeza, the self-named protagonist, gives a poignant, ironic glimpse into young Ecuadorian womanhood and the travails of a youth culture coming to terms with conventional ambitions.

Que tan lejos –inaccurately translated as How Much Further–, should rather be, Wow, that’s far, goes much further than one expects from a movie industry still in diapers as the one in Ecuador. Without resorting to any special effects and without resorting to car chases, bullets, or invincible heroes, it manages to tell a story of companionship, love and resignation in tones, colors and textures that one sorely misses in most of today’s popular movies. It also gives two very different reads about Ecuador’s realities, one from the visiting Spaniard, another from the Ecuadorian young woman.

Que tan lejos definitely goes further, while one laughs, smiles or empathizes during an hour and a half that one wishes not to end.

2 Responses to Ecuadorian Dinner Fundraiser

  1. Vincent Hoagland says:

    Hi Kai,

    Margo and I plan to attend. She is judging a horse show into the late afternoon and I am tutoring at Petaluma HS and don’t get home until 5:00 but we should be able to make it and are looking forward to it.


  2. Kai says:

    Great Vin – can’t wait to see you and Margo!