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A feature length documentary chronicling a century of food through the life of one man, James Beard. Beard, dubbed by the New York Times as the “Dean of American Cookery”, was a Portland native who loved and regaled the bounty of the Pacific Northwest a century before it was hip to do so. He spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability in the 1930's, long before those terms had entered the vernacular. At a time of “all things French”, he appreciated what America had to bring to the table and inspired the likes of Alice Waters, Jaques Pepin, Larry Forgione and Wolfgang Puck. That tradition continues today and is embodied in today’s modern culinary masters. A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, he helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business we see today.
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This is a sponsored project of Film Action Oregon, DBA Hollywood Theatre, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.