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A Panel of Judges Conducts a Taste Test of Healthy Gourmet Movie Theater Menu Selections

The IPIC Theater located at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda should issue a warning: Seeing a movie at this luxury theater may ruin not one but two of your favorite things because you may never be happy doing them anywhere else. They said they had a simple goal of combining the two most common forms of entertainment: going to the movies and dining out. But don’t let that fool you. In truth, their diabolical plan ensures that seeing a movie or dining out anywhere else will forever seem inferior. These people have thought of everything.

The gorgeous lobby resembles a five-star hotel. Prior to the guests’ arrival, the crew has carefully placed a monogrammed blanket and pillow on each theater seat. The comfy recliners feature push-button maneuvering. Each seat also has its own swivel table and, on each table, there is an elegant leather-bound menu and a cloth napkin. Silverware is missing, but it is no mistake. The theater’s signature Dine in the Dark menu is expressly designed to be easy to eat at your seat while watching a movie, without the need for cutlery. Their goal is to deliver chef-driven quality dishes and handcrafted cocktails directly to movie seats. In addition to gourmet comfort foods, they offer gluten-free, low carb, low sugar, keto-friendly selections.

IPIC’s robust menu is in response to consumer preferences and is also ahead of the curve. The company wants guests to enjoy all the creature comforts of their home and lifestyle, including healthy eating habits. IPIC’s new “Guiltless Pleasures” section of their Dine in the Dark in-theater menu is geared to accomplish this. They describe these new menu items as health-minded and with nutritional content. The Guiltless Pleasures menu items include a variety of cocktails, appetizers, entrees and desserts so guests can get, as they say, “thinner and a movie.”

The Food

Notable Montgomery County personalities gathered at the IPIC Theater at Pike & Rose in North Bethesda to taste-test Guiltless Pleasures selections from the theater’s new Dine in the Dark menu. Each item in the taste test is essentially gluten-free, low carb, low sugar and fits in a ketogenic diet.

According to Healthline.com, following a very low-carb, high-fat ketogenic diet puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. There are studies that show weight-loss and overall health benefits to a keto diet.

Strawberry Basil Delight

Keto Surf-and-Turf

Keto Caesar Salad Bowl

Keto Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Keto Cheesecake and Berries

The Judges’ Rankings

Danielle Nations, partnership manager with Visit Montgomery, @visitmoco

1. Surf and Turf

2. Chicken

3. Strawberry-Basil Delight

4. Cheesecake

5. Salad

Mike Bishop, senior community director of the Maryland burbs for Yelp, @yelpmdburbs

1. Chicken

2. Salad

3. Surf and Turf

4. Cheesecake

5. Strawberry-Basil Delight

Jess Bousa, CEO Exponential Media, @exponentialmedia

1. Chicken

2. Salad

3. Surf and Turf

4. Cheesecake

5. Strawberry-Basil Delight

Alex Tsironis, founder, the MoCo Show, @TheMocoShow

1. Chicken

2. Cheesecake

3. Salad

4. Surf and Turf

5. Strawberry-Basil Delight

The Verdict

Overall, the fried chicken came out on top. “Amazing taste. Very meaty,” said Alex. Jess thought it was “very robust and substantive.” Danielle added, “The breading is fantastic.” She also thought the surf-and-turf was delicious. Mike agreed and added, “The skewers have a nice spicy kick that I was not expecting but I absolutely love.” Mike thought the strawberry drink was very refreshing, while Jess and Danielle enjoyed the crisp, flavorful asparagus that was served with the surf-and-turf skewers. Everyone agreed the cheesecake was a winner. “It’s very creamy,” said Jess. “But it’s not gonna weigh you down,” added Mike. Danielle and Mike both loved the idea that they could get an upscale meal at the movies. Alex loved that everything was as healthy as it was delicious and he was pleasantly surprised that “there were so many different flavors.” The idea that the meal was healthy also appealed to Mike who summed it up as, “It’s ingenious.”