The Perennial Plate Season 1

Last Updated October 02, 2014
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A web documentary series about sustainable food. Eat, cook, farm, hunt, and forage local.

The Perennial Plate is an online weekly documentary series dedicated to socially responsible and adventurous eating. Chef and Activist, Daniel Klein and Co-producer/Camera girl Mirra Fine are traveling the world exploring the wonders, complexities and stories behind the ever more connected global food system.

Season One took place over a calendar year in Minnesota where every Monday for 52 weeks, Klein and Fine released short films about good food.

Carolina Gold

On our way through South Carolina, we cooked a multi-course dinner with Sean Brock (of Husk and McCrady’s) consisting entirely of grains...

Moonshine and Molasses

John McEntire says he’s the only person in the world that grows Crooked Creek Corn, a once common crop in the South East. On our trip to his North Carolina farm, John shared stories and tastes of...

Southern Table

There have been a lot of Farm to Table dinners over the years, and a lot of videos about those meals. We are here to end all that. This Southern Feast shares the story of the farmers, foragers and...

Three Farms, One Dinner

We had the great pleasure of making a dinner with chef and writer Samin Nosrat at the famed Tartine Bakery. The bakery is not normally a restaurant, but once a month it closes and Samin throws a...

God's Country

One of our favorite stories from the road. There’s the quote along the lines of: “Christianity is great, too bad it has never been practiced.” Well in the case of the Stoller family, it has. We...

Lobster Pie

Lobster fisherman get up very early, they work hard, they hate government regulations and if you try to trap in their area, you might end up with some broken legs. Just kidding! But only sort of…...

Four Corners

Intentional communities, draft horses, farmstead cheese… it all sounds a little bit Vermont. That’s because it is! This week we visit Cobb Hill, a co-housing community in the North East where...

Underground Chickens

The backyard chicken trend is becoming more and more prevalent these days. But in many North American cities, keeping a flock of hens is still illegal. We met up with some unlikely outlaws while...

Dumpster Diver

Its the Holiday season, a time when people tend to eat a lot and waste even more. This video embraces the opposite. It is the not so un-common story of a family that dumpster dives. We went out with...

California Gleaning

Northern California is a bountiful area. So bountiful that there are often leftovers. This is usually the case with most farms. In order to make way for bad yields, bad weather, and unexpected...

Turkeyless Interlude

No one wants anything to do with food this week unless it has something to do with Thanksgiving. We’ve killed turkeys for our thanksgiving videos the last two years… Not this year. Here we just...

Detroit Dirt

There’s a lot going on in Detroit. After years of decay, excitement is growing around urban gardens. Previously abandoned lots are being turned into food producing centers. In this video, we follow...

Refugee Garden

This episode is about our brief interaction with a wonderful Bhutanese family we met in Atlanta. They are part of a community garden that integrates refugee farmers from around the world by giving...

Soil Envy

It seems that most farmers these days are philosophers too. David Cleverdon of Kinnikinnick farm is no exception. Add Chef Paul Kahan, a birthday, a Chicago Harvest dinner and Monsanto tomatoes into...

Seaweed Man

Sometimes a few words can capture the essence of what makes up a person better than an extended interview. Such is the case with Larch Hanson, a Maine seaweed harvester/poet who shared with us his...

Joseph's Fields

When we asked Sean Brock (the chef at Husk) about farmers to check out near Charleston, he recommended the Joseph Fields Farm. The piece of land has been in the Fields family for three generations and...
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