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PepsiCo and the Great American Takeout Bring Back Friday Night Dinner and a Movie with a Virtual Screening of “A Fine Line”

Virtual screening builds upon The Great American Takeout movement to support struggling restaurants nationwide

Special post-screening discussion features appearances by Director and Producer Joanna James and from culinary all-stars Cat Cora, Tanya Holland, Maricel Presilla and Val James


Movie buffs and culinary fans are invited to join The Great American Takeout for “Dinner & A Movie" presented by Pepsi on Friday, May 15. After ordering take out dinner this Friday, fans can tune in for a YouTube Premiere screening of the award-winning documentary “A Fine Line” followed by a live panel discussion with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs from the film on how they are leading in their communities during COVID-19.

The film, “A Fine Line,” ignites a timely conversation on female leadership in the kitchen and beyond, exploring why less than seven percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women. The live post-screening discussion will highlight chefs’ personal experiences and how they’re finding creative ways to help restaurant employees and stay in business. Joanna James, director and producer of A Fine Line, will moderate the star-studded panel which includes the following culinary guests:

  • Cat Cora, celebrity chef and restaurateur
  • Tanya Holland, executive chef/owner of Brown Sugar Kitchen
  • Maricel Presilla, the Beard Foundation’s Best Chef-Mid Atlantic region for Cucharamama
  • Val James, owner and operator of Val’s Restaurant

With more than eight million restaurant workers laid off or furloughed as a result of COVID-19, PepsiCo continues to help band eateries and consumers together to support restaurants with The Great American Takeout. Supporting restaurants is as simple as ordering takeout once a week or donating to the National Restaurant Educational Foundation (NRAEF) Restaurant Relief Fund (RERF) to help restaurant workers out of work.

“As COVID-19 reshapes our daily way of life, we’ve witnessed an overwhelming response from people. They want to help – whether that’s supporting restaurants via takeout, donating online or simply tuning into virtual discussions,” said Scott Finlow, chief marketing officer, PepsiCo Global Foodservice. “Dinner & A Movie is about uniting fans, employees and partners in raising awareness and support for the foodservice industry as we collectively look forward to getting back to business.”

The Great American Takeout partnership, Dinner & A Movie event and support of RERF are just a few of the latest PepsiCo initiatives aiming to provide relief. PepsiCo has committed more than $50 million in COVID-19 relief efforts that are primarily focused on providing food and other vital resources for those in need.

Click here to join PepsiCo and The Great American Takeout by registering for the screening of “A Fine Line” on YouTube Premiere on Friday, May 15 at 5PM PT/ 8PM ET. The post-screening discussion will follow immediately after.

To learn more about the Restaurant Employee Relief Fund, visit Further information about PepsiCo’s COVID-19 relief efforts is available on

To learn more about “A Fine Line” or the MAPP Impact Campaign to empower women to lead please visit: or on social media @afinelinemovie.


About The Great American Takeout

The COVID-19 crisis has devastated the restaurant industry, leaving restaurants reliant on takeout and delivery to survive. The Great American Takeout, a program developed and executed by Los Angeles advertising agency High Wide & Handsome, has generated widespread buzz, reaching more than 144 million people nationwide, and raised $310,000 to date for charitable organizations supporting restaurant workers. For more information about The Great American Takeout, visit

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $67 billion in net revenue in 2019, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

Guiding PepsiCo is our vision to Be the Global Leader in Convenient Foods and Beverages by Winning with Purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the marketplace and embed purpose into all aspects of the business. For more information, visit

About A Fine Line

A Fine Line had its New York theatrical debut and PBS national broadcast premiere spring 2020. The award-winning film explores why less than seven percent of head chefs and restaurant owners are women hearing from world renowned chefs, and getting a behind-the-scenes look at the filmmaker’s mother beating the odds to open her own restaurant. To learn more on how to empower more women to lead please visit or

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