Food and Country: A Film Screening and Q+A with Ruth Reichl

Doortime: 6:00 PM

Showtime: 7:00 PM

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About the film: In this documentary film, trailblazing food writer Ruth Reichl worries about the fate of small farmers, ranchers, and chefs as they wrestle with both immediate and systemic challenges. As the pandemic takes hold, she reaches across political and social divides to discover innovators who are risking it all to survive on the front lines. The film transcends the health crisis, laying bare how America’s decades-old policy of producing cheap food at all costs hobbles purveyors who are striving to stay independent.

Filmmaker Laura Gabbert (City of Gold, 2015 Sundance Film Festival) teams with Reichl to tell an expansive history behind an ever-more consolidating food industry.


About the event: Join us for a rare and special evening as we screen the critically acclaimed documentary, “Food and Country,” from renowned food critic (LA Times and NY Times), former editor-in-chief of Gourmet Magazine, and best-selling author, Ruth Reichl,  After the screening, Ruth will participate in a talkback and Q&A to share her thoughts on the film and answer your questions. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear from one of the most influential figures in the food world and learn more about the challenges that small and independent farmers face today.


VIP Meet and Greet package: An exclusive opportunity to meet and to talk to Ruth after the show. This package includes a ticket to the event.


About Ruth Reichl: Ruth Reichl is an American chef, food writer and editor. In addition to two decades as a food critic, mainly spent at the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, Reichl has also written cookbooks, memoirs and a novel, and been co-producer of PBS’s Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, culinary editor for the Modern Library, host of PBS’s Gourmet’s Adventures With Ruth, and editor-in-chief of Gourmet magazine. She has won six James Beard Foundation Awards.

Reichl’s critically acclaimed, best-selling memoirs are Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table (1998), Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, Not Becoming My Mother and Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir (2019). [1] In 2009, she published Gourmet Today a 1,008 page cookbook containing over 1,000 recipes. She published her first novel, Delicious! in 2014, and, in 2015, published My Kitchen Year: 136 Recipes That Saved My Life, a memoir of recipes prepared in the year following the shuttering of Gourmet.[2]

This program is supported with funding from the generous bequest of Betsy Hitchcock.

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