Aquidneck Community Table has partnered with the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center to bring the exciting new film narrated by Brie Larson, Fantastic Fungi, The Magic Beneath Us, to Newport this Wednesday evening, November 20. 

The film takes viewers on a visual journey through the magical world of fungi with the help of mycologist Paul Stamets and best-selling author, Michael Pollan, among others.  Moviegoers will gain an in-depth understanding of the underground network of fungi and a renewed hope in the healing benefits for self and planet.

Aquidneck Growers Market vendor Rhode Island Mushroom Company is working with Stoneacre Brasserie to source a variety of mushrooms for a special  event menu including: Chestnut Soup with Brown Beech Mushrooms & Pumpkin Seeds, Stuffed Mushrooms, Crispy Maitakes with Forbidden Black Rice & Romesco, Oyster Mushroom Ravioli with Duck Consomme, to name a few.  Reservations are suggested and can be made by calling Stoneacre Brasserie at 401-619-7810, or by visiting Open Table online.

“We are looking forward to bringing this inspirational film to Rhode Island,” said ACT Executive Director, Bevan Linsley in a prepared statement.  “The partnership of The Jane Pickens Theater, Rhode Island Mushroom Company and Stoneacre Brasserie presents an opportunity for the community to experience the film and continue the conversation about creating a sustainable planet with folks who align with our mission,” Linsley continued.

Doors open at The Jane Pickens Theater at 6:30 p.m.  To purchase tickets for the film, please visit the Jane Pickens Theater and Event Center website at .  A portion of the proceeds from the film screening and Fantastic Fungi Celebration dinner will be donated to Aquidneck Community Table in support of on-going programming.

Aquidneck Community Table (ACT) works in many different ways to build a healthy local food system: fresh foods at farmers markets, community gardens, and school gardens; programs that inspire young people to love healthy foods; an annual food challenge to eat locally; and a food-scrap collection program to divert food from the waste stream.  For more information and to learn about how to be part of ACT, please visit

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