“America’s First Foodie” is a feature length documentary which explores the American food movement of the 20th century through the eyes 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 long before those terms had entered the vernacular. At a time of “all things French” Beard appreciated what America had to bring to the table. That tradition continues today and is embodied in today’s modern culinary masters. A cookbook author, journalist, television celebrity and teacher, James Beard helped to pioneer and expand the food media industry into the billion-dollar business we see today.

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