Philadelphia Latin Film Festival Returns With ‘Gusto Grub Guide’ Restaurant Deals

Check the Gusto Grub guide for in-person or delivery specials, and look for pop-ups at movie events.


Danya Henninger

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Movies and food make a great combination, and Philly can explore this partnership in full flavor next week.

The 11th Annual Philadelphia Latin Film Festival, which runs May 29-June 5, partners with Gusto Philly for Gustos Grub Guide. The guide offers great deals on several Latin restaurants in the city, including well-known spots and newcomers, and also offers pop-up vendors at screenings and in-person events.

Part of the festival’s goal is to celebrate Latino cinema and other creators in the city, but it’s all about building community, said Marángeli Mejía-Rabell, co-founder of Gusto and director of the film festival. .

“We are all on the calorsito, the idea that we are together, we are a family, that is the most important thing, and that is what motivates us to do the work that we do,” Mejía-Rabell said. .

Gusto Philly was launched to help Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria in 2017. The devastating hurricane still affects life on the island today with frequent power outages and several homes and buildings in need of repair. The organization raises funds for different initiatives on the island by hosting various events with local chefs and makers, said Gusto co-founder Amaryllis Rivera Nassar.

“Gusto is a platform to showcase all the beautiful, diverse and thriving culinary pockets of the city that often don’t get the attention they deserve, especially in the world of food,” said Rivera Nassar, also owner of Amy’s. Pastelillos.

During the duration of the film festival, you can use the code GUSTOGrubGuide to get special offers at select restaurants for dinner, takeout and delivery. See below for a quick preview, or follow Gusto on IG for live updates:

  • mixed: Slice of tres leche cake with each entree.
  • Candy bar: In restaurant: half price margarita with any order of tacos. Pickup: Free plantains with any order of $25 or more.
  • Queen and Rook: Pick up or phone call: free ice cream or brownie.
  • puyero: 5% discount on online orders (code GUSTOPuyero)
  • Cocottes: Free Dessert
  • Pharmacy: Two stuffed yuca empanadas on the ground and side salad for $15
  • Light box: 20% off orders
  • The Chingonita: 10% on order (code GUSTO10)
  • Canteen La Martinez: 20% reduction for a three-course dinner.

Small vendors like Mexipino, Amy’s Pastelillos, Kouklet, and Cantina La Martina will be on hand at the festival’s various in-person events (find the detailed event schedule here):.

  • May 31 at Taller Puertoriqueño on North 5th Street
  • June 2, at the Parkway Central Library on the Ben Franklin Parkway
  • June 4, at Norris Square Park in Kensington
  • June 5, at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Bella Vista

Philly has a remarkable talent pool that should be nurtured, Mejía-Rabell said.

“There are real ways to support small businesses to keep them running and we need to think about that,” Mejía-Rabell said. “Buy locally, support local creatives, and simply share with your networks so audiences can continue to experience what the Latin market has to offer.”

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