Location Info:Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
San Marino, CA 91108
Dubbed the "Dean of American Cookery" by The New York Times in 1954, James Beard was a restaurateur, author of 20 cookbooks and host of the first TV food program in 1946. The Huntington screens PBS' upcoming James Beard: America's First Foodie (airing May 19), a documentary that chronicles Beard's life and career, from his childhood in Portland, Oregon, and relationship with Julia Child to the establishment of the James Beard Foundation Awards, considered the "Oscars of Food," which have handed out prizes to Wolfgang Puck, Martha Stewart, Mario Batali and Anthony Bourdain. The film is followed by a discussion, moderated by John Birdsall, featuring director Beth Federici and producer Kathleen Squires, as well as fellow restaurateur Mary Sue Milliken and baker Jim Dodge. The program also includes a reception with Beard-inspired appetizers, and wines and beers from Oregon.
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