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Bugs for Dinner? Wheeler Opera House Presents Dinner and A Movie

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                       February 7, 2017


Contact:        Gena Buhler                                                                              Craig Boleman

       970-920-5790                                                                                            972-717-5181

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Aspen, CO (February 7, 2017): The Wheeler Opera House, in association with Telluride Mountainfilm, will present an evening of film and fine dining featuring the documentary “BUGS” as part of its Aspen Mountainfilm Monday Night Docs series on Monday, March 6 at 6:00 p.m. Putting an insect-themed spin on the old adage “dinner and a movie,” the evening of film and fun also includes an optional dinner at The Little Nell at 8 PM. Single tickets to the film screening are $15; tickets to the dinner and film are $60 and are on sale now at the Wheeler Opera House Box Office (970.920.5770/ www.aspenshowtix.com). The Wheeler Opera House is located at 320 E. Hyman Ave., Aspen, CO.

Film ticket prices include a pre-film Bubbles and Bugs reception at 5:30 p.m. and a Q&A immediately following the screening. Wheeler Opera House Executive Director Gena Buhler states, “When I first screened this film in Telluride, the wheels in my head started turning as to how we could make this event special in Aspen. And then it hit me – combine the Wheeler premiere with bugs delicacies at the show and a dinner to follow! We are thrilled The Little Nell was open to collaborating with us, all in agreement the concept ‘has legs’ so to speak.”

“To me, it felt like a cutting edge concept to work with the Wheeler on this film and dinner to follow in our dining room,” adds Pete Hayda, Director of Sales & Marketing at The Little Nell. “We are always seeking innovative concepts for our guests’ dining experience and our culinary team’s experience. Also, the efforts towards reducing food hunger are in line with sustainable thinking, something that’s a core value of our parent company, Aspen Snowmass.”

With an ever-growing global population, the challenges of how we feed 8, 9, even 10 billion people is going to become ever more challenging. One emerging solution to provide a readily available source of protein: bugs.

For the engaging characters in this documentary, bugs are not only nutritious but also delicious. “BUGS” follows Ben Reade, a chef, and Josh Evans, a scientist, as they journey around the world to dig gleefully into hives and under trees to find local delicacies that less intrepid gourmands might find repulsive. The film mixes this rollicking pursuit for treats into the bigger question: What are we going to eat in the future? “BUGS” promises to make audiences rethink what they eat and where they’re willing to go in terms culinary exploration.

While eating bugs isn’t uncommon in other parts of the world, Americans tend to reject the thought. At The Little Nell, the chefs like to be at the forefront of culinary trends and are welcoming this experience with open arms and mouths. The Little Nell’s Executive Chef Matt Zubrod and guest chef (and bug aficionado) Jose Carlos Redon have created a special menu featuring bugs. Redon considers the bugs he cooks with a delicacy and helped produce the documentary. If you’re not a daring eater, feel at ease. If you’re going to take the leap and try a dinner made of bugs, this dinner is the place to do it. It’s guaranteed that the food will be beautifully plated, expertly prepared, and delicious! 

BUGS Chef’s Dinner Menu*

Beef Tartare, Coffee Poached Yolk, Arugula


Grass Hoppers in the Garden

Pepita, Winter Vegetables, Soil



Crispy Pork Belly, Cricket Mole, Collard Greens


Maguey Fried Ice Cream

Salted Caramel, Churro, Bitter Chocolate


*menu subject to change


Screening only is $15; dinner only is $47. Make a night out of it and attend both the screening and bug dinner for $60; includes a glass of wine (diners can always order more if they need additional liquid courage).

For more information about this screening, please visit www.wheeleroperahouse.com.


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Since 1889, the Wheeler Opera House has been Aspen’s community performance venue and has become the Roaring Fork Valley’s premiere site for concerts, movies, festivals, lectures, community events, opera, and more. In recent years, the Wheeler has been a leader in producing exceptional festivals in Aspen, celebrating the comedy arts, global issues, and the craft of songwriting.


4th of July Parade Waiver


PARADE STARTING/STAGING: The parade will begin at 11:00am. Parade positioning is “first come, first serve” and line up begins no earlier than 10:00am. There is no entry fee and the parade is open to the public. All 5 lanes of Main Street, from Aspen Street to 2nd Street, will be closed to all traffic & designated for parade staging only. Power is not provided in staging area and remember generators do need gas.

PARADE ROUTE: The parade will start East on Main Street. It will turn South onto Hunter Street, then West onto Cooper Avenue. The parade will continue West on Cooper Avenue to Galena Street. At Galena it heads North for 2 blocks before turning West onto Hopkins Avenue. The parade will continue South on Mill then West on Hyman Avenue. Parade participants will be directed to disperse at Hyman and Monarch Street.  PARADE JUDGING: Parade judging will take place in front of the Hotel Jerome. Participants will be limited to 1 minute or less for any performances in front of the judges. Security will be onsite monitoring all entries to help prevent gaps in the parade route. Recognition will be awarded to the best entries in the following categories: 

Most Patriotic | Most Humorous | Best Animal | Best Music | Most Outrageous | Best Children’s  


  • Consumption of alcohol is prohibited during the parade.
  • Candy, favors, etc. should not be thrown from your float/vehicle during the parade. This is for the safety of the spectators and to prevent children from running out into the street. 
  • Water balloons will not be permitted. According to city ordinances, those caught throwing balloons will be removed from the parade and could face citations and/or arrests. 
  • All parade entries must be in “good taste” and will be allowed in the parade per the director’s discretion. 
  • Maximum height restriction for any float entry is 13’5”.


The undersigned organization has elected to participate in the Fourth of July parade sponsored by the City of Aspen and Aspen Chamber Resort Association (“ACRA”). In consideration for City of Aspen and ACRA allowing the undersigned to participate in the festivities, the undersigned has read, understood, and willingly agreed to the terms of this INSURANCE LIABILITY AGREEMENT and WAIVER AND INDEMNITY AGREEMENT (collectively referred to herein as “RELEASE”).


                                    Participants are required to carry insurance adequate to cover any liability for damage, injury, economic loss, or other liability that may be incurred by individuals and/or organizations during the Fourth of July parade. All participants agree to carry such insurance, and also agree not to submit any claim against the insurance of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, or anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade.


                                         The undersigned understands the potential dangers that could be encountered in participating in the Fourth of July parade. The dangers include, among other things, dangers relating to vehicular and pedestrian traffic; crowds of persons in close proximity to such traffic; animals that may react unpredictably in a parade environment; celebration and recreational activities; loud and unexpected noise; items that may be thrown to and from the crowd in connection with the parade; and other dangers traditionally associated with parades.  Understanding those risks, the undersigned for itself and for all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade with the undersigned, does hereby agree to indemnify, hold harmless, and release City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade from any and all liability, claims, demands, actions, or rights of action (including attorneys’ fees and costs) that are related to or are in any way connected with the undersigned’s participation in the parade. By signing this RELEASE, the undersigned intends to extinguish any and all liability and to indemnify against any loss on the part of City of Aspen, ACRA and/or any other sponsors of the parade, their officers, directors, agents, shareholders, employees, and anyone else directly or indirectly connected with production of the parade for any injury or damage of any nature (without regard to negligence or fault) to the undersigned and to all persons who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.

                                      The undersigned warrants and represents that it will not invite or allow any person to participate in the parade unless such person is bound to the terms of this RELEASE. To that end, the undersigned agrees that it shall take any steps necessary to secure agreement of such persons to the terms of this RELEASE, and that it shall be deemed a responsible person within the meaning of C.R.S. § 13-22-107 and § 19-1103(94) for all children who the undersigned invites or allows to participate in the parade.


   I am the official representative of the undersigned organization. On behalf of the organization, I acknowledge our responsibilities as set forth above. I also accept on behalf of the organization all of the terms and conditions of this



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