Join us for a special screening of “Born in a Ballroom”, a documentary that celebrates a woman’s life as seen through an Appalachian village and the unique restaurant she founded. We have planned a wonderful evening inspired by this unique place. A three-course dinner will be served at our cafe, followed by the screening of the documentary at the Rustic Church with Q&A with the directors Clara and Jonathan Lehmann. Plus, a special dessert will be served from the Hutte Restaurant in Helvetia.
More about the filmThe night of Eleanor’s birth on March 29, 1917, the small log cabin her parents owned caught fire. Her mother ran to the plantation home nearby to give birth to little Eleanor on the ballroom floor. Entering this world with gusto, Eleanor often lamented, “I was born in a ballroom, and I’ve been dancing ever since.”
Eleanor went on to teach, work for the Red Cross, travel the world, raise a family of five, and co-found The Hütte Restaurant in her rural hometown of Helvetia, WV. The Hütte is a Swiss restaurant that is nationally acclaimed both in print and in television (see The Hütte featured on Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern”). The Hütte reflects Eleanor and Helvetia’s heritage through its food, decor, and culture. As we explore this exceptional woman and place, we discover, now forty years later, how one woman embraced a community through food and perhaps a dance or two.