You’re Invited: Films, Fine Pastries & Good Fellowship at The Re:IMAGE Film Festival

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The Second Annual Diocesan RE:IMAGE Film Festival is set for this Saturday, April 16 at the Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan.

As much as I’m looking forward to these “indie” movies from Catholic filmmakers of all ages, I’m looking forward to Kate Heath’s cupcakes at the complimentary reception that will close the festival.

Heath is the proprietor and creative culinary force behind Sweet Tease, a delectable tea shop/bakery just across Main Street from the Algonquin. She’s created some enchanting tidbits to serve up at this stellar event.

Now, those who know me, know of my abiding interest in cinema — yes, long ago, I taught a class or two in the subject and wrote many a review. Those who know me also know of my taste for really fine, well made desserts — the kind of desserts that make the most of calories instead of squandering them.

With the RE:IMAGE Festival, this year, it’s the best of both worlds.

I’ve screened the films and they are really interesting and innovative and they will help set the tone for Holy Week to come. The festival, which begins at High Noon, presents films in high school, college and young adult categories, panels, and an award ceremony, includes a major feature film this year — the award winning “Get Low”  — and the reception where festival goers will get to taste what draws so many people to Sweet Tease.

Heath, a member of St. Catharine Parish, Spring Lake, opened the shop about a year ago with the intention of creating a a fun place where people could relax over tea — she carries over 40 varieties by the cup, pot or ounce — and desserts. Her scones and cupcakes are all baked there using her recipes and the highest quality ingredients. There’s also excellent coffee on the menu.

“We do all of our own baking from scratch. The list of ingredients includes nothing you can’t pronounce. We do respond to trends and with the interest in cupcakes right now, we are focusing on them,” Heath said.

Soon, Heath expects to expand into personal fruit pies. She’s already offering small quiches to eat on the go. “No fork necessary,” she notes with a smile.

Come to the film festival and be rewarded with her dreamy lemon squares, mini cup cakes and blueberry and white chocolate biscotti, which is included with the price of admission. Check out the RE:IMAGE web site at for more information and times.

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