by Susan Ellis
The Perennial Plate is an online documentary series on sustainable and adventurous eating hosted by Daniel Klein with Mirra Fine behind the camera.
The show, which is syndicated on Huffington Post, focused its first season on Minnesota. But now Klein and Fine are taking The Perennial Plate on a six-month road-trip all over the United States. Today, they're in Memphis.
According to Fine, they solicited advice on what to check out during their trip from readers on Huffington Post.
So far, just a few days into the trip, they've checked out Radiance Dairy in Iowa. ("They let the cows live out their natural lives, which is rare and really wonderful," says Fine.) And while in Arkansas, the pair got two episodes' worth of material: frog-catching and banjo-playing shiitake mushroom farmers.
In Memphis, they're visiting Urban Farms in Binghamton for a possible episode to air in a few weeks. Next up, they'll make their way to Oxford, Mississippi, to meet up with John T Edge of the Southern Foodways Alliance.
Fine says they're out to talk to farmers, to discover what's "unique and native to each area." Perhaps, she says, they'll get to the bottom of that catfish-noodling thing.
In the meantime, they've got to eat. So will these sustainability seekers be stopping at [Big Burger Chain] while on the road?
"I'm not allowed to stop at [Big Burger Chain]. Daniel won't allow it," Fine says. "But after doing the show, that sort of food just doesn't taste that good anymore."