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Filming of “How To Feed An Artist” documentary featuring Mary Haglund returns to Winston-Salem

Crews will collect interviews around the city in June and July.

Black and white image of person in glasses wearing a black shirt and apron holding hands up to nose.

The film features Haglund creating in the kitchen.

Photo by Christine Rucker

Want to be part of a love story? Filming for a documentary featuring a local chef is back in Winston-Salem this summer, and you’re invited to be part of it.

“How To Feed An Artist” centers around Mary Haglund. Haglund opened Mary’s Of Course! on Brookstown Avenue in 2000 (where Di Lisio’s Italian Restaurant is now). The restaurateur hosted monthly art shows and inclusive events. The space became a refuge for artists and creatives.

A decade later, Haglund moved to Trade Street (in the space where Mojito Latin Soul Food is now) and renamed the restaurant Mary’s Gourmet Diner. The popular spot continued employing artists and supporting them by featuring their work. Haglund closed the restaurant in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic began — first temporarily, then permanently.

People sitting at wooden tables on a brick patio. Person holding a camera and a microphone is aimed at one table.

Haglund did a restaurant takeover at Mojito in April 2023 that featured her key dishes.

Photo by Christine Rucker

Haglund and a friend (and former Mary’s server), Zap McConnell, came up with the idea to tell the story of the restaurant and its embrace of the artistic community. “How to Feed an Artist” will also explore current galleries, organizations, and restaurants in the Twin City that are continuing its legacy of supporting artists. McConnell will co-direct the film.

During June and July, crew will interview ~30 local artists, restaurateurs, and community leaders about the connections between art, food, and building community. The filmmakers call it a love story.

Not only can you expect to see camera crews around town during filming, but you can also contribute to the documentary in the following ways:

Follow “How to Feed an Artist” on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with updates.

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