The Perennial Plate is a two-time James Beard Award winning documentary series and production company with a focus on a more human food system.  Their work has been featured in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Food and Wine Magazine, Saveur, Bon Appetite and their films have been screened at dozens of film festivals.

Season One of the series took place over a calendar year in Minnesota where every Monday for 52 weeks, Daniel Klein and Mirra Fine (husband and wife) released short films about the culinary, agricultural and hunting happenings in their home state. In Season Two, Klein and Fine traveled across America, taking the viewer on a journey to appreciate and understand where good food comes from and how to enjoy it. In Season 3,  Daniel and Mirra travel to China, Japan, India, Sri Lanka, Spain, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Ethiopia to tell the stories of real food and the people who make it.  In Season 4 (with a new family in tow), they spent 2 months each in Colorado, Mexico, Ireland and Nova Scotia, documenting a multitude of regional food stories.   Their most recent season took a turn away from food and toward Immigrant stories, telling a variety of compassionate takes on American Life in its many forms.

In addition the team creates branded content and commercial works for a variety of clients including: American Express, Vox Media, Slack, Equal Exchange, Capital One, Masienda, Whole Foods and NCGA.

Daniel Klein

After learning to cook at his mother’s bed and breakfast, Daniel went on to work and train at many of the world’s top restaurants.   His culinary education brought him to Spain, France, England, India and New York, where he has worked and trained at top Michelin starred restaurants including The Fat Duck (Heston Blumenthal), St. John (Fergus Henderson), Mugaritz (Andoni Luis Aduriz), Bouchon (Thomas Keller), Applewood (David Shea) and Craft (Tom Collichio).  After graduating from NYU, Daniel also pursued a career in film.  He has directed, filmed, edited and produced projects on various issues including the development industry in Africa ( “What are we doing here?”) and oil politics.  Daniel is an Emmy nominated producer, and a 2013 & 2014 James Beard Award winner and the founder of The Perennial Plate.  His work was most recently featured at AFI Docs, and he has spoken on food and the importance of story at MAD, Harvard at the UN.

Contact: daniel (at) theperennialplate.com

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Mirra Fine

Emmy nominated Graphic Artist and Producer, James Beard Award winning Filmmaker, and Vegetarian, Mirra has never cooked at any fancy restaurants.  However, she has worked at some of New York’s top marketing firms, (including J Walter Thompson and Kirshenbaum Bond), and for the City of New York. She was a graphic designer and cheesemonger before she started filming and co-producing The Perennial Plate series in 2011.  Mirra became a vegetarian as a result of the first episode of the show.

 

 

 

“The Perennial Plate is real food TV, in every sense.”– Michael Pollan

“A level of culinary cinema verité that television can’t (or wouldn’t dare) match.”– Food & Wine Magazine

“Fascinating and Captivating”The Huffington Post

“One of the coolest shows I’ve seen in years. This is the real thing and I love the Perennial Plate.”– Andrew Zimmern, Bizarre Foods

“Daniel has transformed his love of cooking into a web series that I find both insightful and informative”– Thomas Keller, the French Laundry

“A welcome and refreshing departure from everything else that’s on TV or the web.“ – Tasting Table

“Mouth-watering, stimulating, mind-opening eating and living.”– Ana Joanes, Director, FRESH

“Klein captures both the deliciousness and the philosophical conundrums embodied by trying to eat locally and sustainably. ”– The Ethicurean