Web Series Explores Our Complex Relationship With Food

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Photo: The Perennial Plate, Off Family Ranch in Del Norte
An image from the season opener "For Place and For Animals," featuring former vegetarian Keri Brandt who married a cattle rancher.

This story originally aired on Sept. 7, 2016.

The online documentary series "The Perennial Plate" explores people's complex relationship with food. It has won two James Beard Awards, which are sort of the Oscars of the culinary world.

For the show's fourth season, the filmmakers traveled across Colorado. Episodes include Guatemalan immigrants farming plants from their native country in Alamosa, a cattle ranch in Del Norte, and an archaeologist growing an ancient bean in the southwest part of the state.

Photo: The Perennial Plate, Archeologist Bean Farmer
"The Perennial Plate" crew filming an episode about an archaeologist who farms an ancient bean in Cortez.

The full 10-episode season will be online by mid-October, although several are already available to watch. Daniel Klein is a chef and founded the series. He spoke with Colorado Matters host Nathan Heffel.

Photo: The Perennial Plate, Francisco and Lucia
The episode titled "Our Hearts Within Us" is about how food can give a sense of home. Francisco and Lucia are Mayan refugees from Guatemala. They came to Colorado in the 1980s and now farm plants indigenous to their native country.

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