America’s First Foodie
Sunday, May 12, 2019
Event hours: 2pm
Website: Cannon Beach Chamber
Keynote Speaker: Elizabeth Federici - Producer & Director of America's First Foodie
A one-time special screening of the documentary, James Beard: America’s First Foodie, featured on the PBS series American Masters the file chronicles a century of food through the story of the man behind the medal, the iconic cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher.
America’s back-to-basics food movement can be traced to the pioneering work of this one man. Dubbed the “Dean of American Cookery” by The New York Times, Beard was a Portland, Oregon native who loved and celebrated the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. He spoke of the importance of localism and sustainability long before those terms had entered the culinary vernacular. He was a forerunner of the farm-to-table movement and helped create the iconic Four Seasons concept and menu.
Through a recorded and print oral history crafted by Beard himself, letters to friends and colleagues, rare archival footage, vintage photographs, and interviews with Beard’s friends and peers, the documentary reveals Beard’s talents, sense of humor, and genius.
Among those appearing on the film are James Beard Award Foundation President Susan Ungaro and Executive Vice President Mitchell Davis, James Beard Award winners, and noted chefs including Pepin, Waters, Daniel Boulud, Wolfgang Puck, Martha Stewart, Naomi Pomery and more.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Seaside High School Culinary Arts Program by the North Coast Culinary Fest.