I'll Bite

Make sure you eat before this film festival

Ina Pinkney’s breakfast dishes, like her signature gingerbread pancakes, were written about in Gourmet, Vogue and the New York Times.
Ina Pinkney’s breakfast dishes, like her signature gingerbread pancakes, were written about in Gourmet, Vogue and the New York Times. KRT

Ina Pinkney’s story is certainly inspiring: A polio survivor, she didn’t let a limp stop her from more than 30 years of running a beloved breakfast restaurant, Ina’s, in Chicago, where cold mornings mean people take breakfast very seriously. In 2013, the lingering effects of polio brought her to close the restaurant she opened in 1991.

A documentary on Pinkney’s life and the last days of the restaurant, “Breakfast at Ina’s,” will be shown in Charlotte on Feb. 28 at the Charlotte Jewish Film Festival, and Pinkney herself will be in Charlotte for the event. Pinkney also is the author of a newly retitled and re-released cookbook, “Ina’s Kitchen: Memories and Recipes From the Breakfast Queen,” with signature dishes like Blobbs, Heavenly Hots and Foolproof Pancakes.

The film will be shown at 11 a.m. Feb. 28 at the Regal Ballantyne Village Stadium Theaters, followed by an appearance by Pinkney and samples of some of her noshes. Tickets are $15. Get tickets here.

Make your brunch plans accordingly: You may leave this screening hungry.

Kathleen Purvis: 704-358-5236, @kathleenpurvis

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