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Bridgeport Pasty Premieres Al Fresco Movie Nights

By Casey Cora | August 23, 2013 7:01am
 Bridgeport Pasty is hosting a family-friendly outdoor movie night.
Bridgeport Pasty is hosting a family-friendly outdoor movie night.
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BRIDGEPORT — Part patio and part garden, the outdoor space at Bridgeport Pasty is one of the more unique al fresco experiences in the city.

It’s tucked behind some trees along busy Morgan Street. There is mismatched patio furniture, some plants and a hammock, all situated atop a well-kept lawn.

Now, with the addition of a movie screen and outdoor speakers, the area will be home to a weekly movie series beginning on Friday.

“We’ll do it every Friday as long as the weather’s OK,” said restaurant co-owner Jay Sebastian.

Up first? Disney’s "Ratatouille," screened in conjunction with the debut of a brand-new menu item, a ratatouille pasty stuffed with roasted eggplant, zucchini, red and green peppers and onion.

"It's a classic Julia Child ratatouille only I make mine with a little rosemary," said Carrie Clark, co-owner and cook.

Pasties are handheld pastries traditionally filled with meat and vegetables, sort of like a handheld pot pie.

For years, Sebastian and Clark have peddled pasties from their electric-powered Bridgeport Pasty food truck. Earlier this month, they opened a new store at 3142 S. Morgan St. offering seven versions of the pasty plus homemade sides.

The movie nights will be BYOB, but Clark and Sebastian don’t want people to overdo it. The nights will also be BYOC — bring your own chair.