Food Inc. was a critically-acclaimed documentary highlighting corporate farming’s unhealthy presence in America just three years ago. The digital publishing division of the company that produced Food Inc., Participant Media, has created a new series showing how to create a complete three-course holiday meal using the principles outlined in the film.
Foods must meet these criteria:
- Humanely raised
- Locally sourced
Sounds like a big task, but the series‘ creators, Takepart.com’s Tastemakers, are up to the challenge. TakePart, a division of Participant Media, works to accelerate social change through social action campaigns, articles, and videos. The show will feature local businesses from ten major cities across the country committed to “Food Done Right.”
The ten cities chosen as part of the series are Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco, and the Twin Cities. Takepart.com then chose ten businesses to highlight as being exceptionally colorful, most of them small, and all of them committed to ethically-made food.
One of the businesses highlighted is Wilson Farm, located in the Boston area. Its doors have been open since 1884, now with 600 acres hosting 150 crops The on-site grocery store selling its goods also offers food made by a resident chef with seasonal fruits and vegetables, like popular quiches and stews. Another leading local business is The Fizzary located in San Francisco. The community store creates soda pop and candy made with real cane sugar instead of high fructose corn syrup. Food writers from each city chose the stores based on their role in providing healthier and more thoughtful options in their communities.
For the show’s finale, the holiday meal will be made using products from Los Angeles-based shops. It will show the food from farm to table, including its preparation and presentation in a formal meal.
The web series is hosted by former Gourmet magazine food editor Ian Knauer, who is the author of The Farm: Rustic Recipes for a Year of Incredible Food, host of “Diary of a Foodie” television series, and regular contributor on the Cooking Channel and Food Network.
The series premieres November 13. Check it out at TakePart.com/Tastemakers.