A couple of years ago I worked at an art museum as a security officer while the museum was closed under construction. I know what you’re thinking—and it was kind of a weird gig. I wasn’t there long, but in my short time there, especially with it not being open to the public, I experienced a lot!
My plan to work at an art museum and slowly work my way up came to a rapid halt and got derailed once the museum was set to open. I learned a bakery was going to be opening inside of it, and that they would be toasting peanuts in-house. How random, right? I tried to see if they would not serve peanut products, or even just not roast peanuts on-site, since they have another main location in Louisville, but no. I was disappointed and had to quit after having 2 slight airborne reactions, but I understood why they couldn’t change everything just for me. This was a big expensive work-in-progress for them & the museum that I was completely unaware of. They put in a brand new state-of-the-art kitchen and were going to handle the catering for all the weddings there as well as events. This was HUGE for a small locally owned, very successful bakery.
Fast forward to the present day, and the movie theater located in the museum, that the bakery handles concessions for. I am a huge art lover, a wanna-be art history major, as you know from recent blog posts, as well as fan of Vincent Van Gogh and his work. I’ve even painted a few copies of his portraits myself after being inspired by my visit to the Art Institute of Chicago for his Bedrooms exhibit. So naturally, when I found out the movie Loving Vincent would be showing at the museum, I knew I HAD to be there. I should mention I’ve been contacting the PR for Loving Vincent like a true crazy obsessed fan since I first found out about the project and film a more than 3 years ago! There have been multiple false rumors about its U.S. release, and in October of 2017 it is finally coming!
I should also mention, I haven’t been to a movie theater in years due to my peanut allergy. The last movie I recall going to was a showing of Brooklyn (coincidentally the same actress lead who is in Loving Vincent) at a small theater where movies went after being released on DVD, and so not many people would be there. I think in total there were only a handful of others, and I could literally see what they were eating and confirm it wasn’t peanut containing snacks! The showing of Loving Vincent I’m going to will be sold out, and packed- the antithesis of my Brooklyn movie experience.
I bought tickets a bit impulsively, since I knew it may sell out, and then moved on to contact the museum via e-mail about my options. The person in charge of Film, who I knew from working there, said I could come in during a school showing instead if I wanted. He let me know there may be one in the morning that I could sit in on, and he would let me know as more dates open up since there wouldn’t be food at those. I slightly wondered if the students may bring their own snacks.
As I explained this to my husband, he suggested I go directly to the source, and contact the bakery/concessions to see if they may be able to make any accommodations. I felt nervous, but inquired with the bakery right away, asking if they knew if peanut items would be on the menu for the Loving Vincent showing, and if there may be a way to keep my day/time peanut-free items. THEY SAID YES, and they will be sure to not use peanut products in anything that goes out that day/time to ensure my safety. Of course, they recommended I not eat anything.
Once again, I learned that I need to nicely ask for what I want, and not be afraid and stress over situations that I actually can control, or at least have some pull in. I felt some sour energy with the bakery before this, due to my work experience, and I feel like the air is clearer now. I’m thrilled they will make this accommodation, and I will not abuse this knowledge, but I am happy to know if another film I’m eager to see goes there, I can inquire again!
I will report back here on invisiblyallergic after the showing, and tell you all how it went! For those allergic individuals out there reading, and their families and friends, please note that I always carry my epi-pens at all times, as well as at least 8-10 Benadryl tablets. I also will be bringing a 3M filter face mask along with me as a precaution, and wet wipes to wipe down my area, just as I did when I saw Brooklyn.
Now, everyone go appreciate Loving Vincent in theaters if you can, but if you can’t, also remember it isn’t the end of the world and it’ll eventually be on DVD! 🙂