Free Food Alert! 3 Ways to Save Money on Thursday, April 18

Not all of us are rich like these guys. Some of us gotta make a living to eat, and some of us gotta eat to make a living. I think I fall somewhere in between both categories. If you’re like me and you like to stand in line for free gift cards and whatnot, you’ll probably appreciate these three events happening tomorrow:

Uno. At the grand opening of Salata in Uptown tomorrow, the salad bar chain is giving away Salata gift cards ranging from $5 to $50 to the first fifty customers who walks through that door. You can also get $5 salads and wraps with free soup all day. The fun starts tomorrow at 11 a.m. 3000 Blackburn St., 214-599-8507.

Dos. As part of the Irving Eco-Film Fest this year, i Fratelli Ristorante & Wine Bar will be showing two films about the green movement. Free admission with complimentary appetizers. The full menu is also available.

Jump for the love of free food.

At 5 pm-

A FIERCE GREEN FIRE: The Battle for a Living Planet is the first big-picture exploration of the environmental movement – grassroots and global activism spanning fifty years from conservation to climate change. From halting dams in the Grand Canyon to battling 20,000 tons of toxic waste at Love Canal; from Greenpeace saving the whales to Chico Mendes and the rubbertappers saving the Amazon; from climate change to the promise of transforming our civilization… the film tells vivid stories about people fighting – and succeeding – against enormous odds. (Released – 2012)

Directed by: Mark Kitchell
Running time: 101 minutes

At 7 pm-

IN ORGANIC WE TRUSTfollows filmmaker Kip Pastor on a journey to answer the essential questions about organic: What exactly is certified organic? Is it really better for us, or just marketing hype? Is organic the key to transforming our food system? The film presents a broad spectrum of views, including interviews with organic farmers, scientists, critics, and health, food and agriculture experts, mixed with creative graphics. Along the way, Pastor learns that what began as a grassroots movement of small-scale organic farmers has turned into a $30 billion industry dominated by large corporate operations, most with little real interest in reforming our unhealthful food system. But in spite of the corporatization of organic, the grassroots philosophy that drove the original movement is making a comeback in many innovative and hopeful forms. (Released – 2013)

Directed by: Kip Pastor

Running time: 81 minutes

Tres. Usually people celebrate National High Five Day with a simple high five, but Pie Five Pizza is being corny this year and giving away free pizza (the signature Pie High Five loaded with pepperoni, Italian sausage, bacon, ham, beef, and mozz) to the first 25 customers in line at 5 p.m. This offer is available at all nine of its DFW locations. Hey, I’m not complaining.