James Beard: America’s First Foodie

See early Portland and learn about James Beard’s influential mother

At the turn of the century, Portland had a bustling market culture, and James Beard’s mother was right at the center of it all. Running a boarding house, Beard’s mother brought the very best cooking to her guests and in the process taught her son an appreciation for great food at a young age.


Major funding for James Beard: America’s First Foodie is provided by Feast it Forward. Additional funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and Art Works.

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Major support for American Masters is provided by AARP. Additional funding is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Rosalind P. Walter, The Philip and Janice Levin Foundation, Judith and Burton Resnick, Ellen and James S. Marcus, Vital Projects Fund, Lillian Goldman Programming Endowment, The Blanche & Irving Laurie Foundation, Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, The André and Elizabeth Kertész Foundation, Michael & Helen Schaffer Foundation and public television viewers.