If you have anxiously been waiting for the release of the documentary, Before the Plate, your wait is finally over. The documentary, which premiered in the summer of 2018 in Toronto, is one of the most balanced food and farming films we’ve ever watched. It follows the journey of a chef, John Horne, as he explores the source of 10 ingredients for an appetizing dish served in his restaurant. From indoor to outdoor farming, genetically engineered seeds and organic production, Before the Plate is a diverse view into what modern farming is all about.
Since its premiere, everyone has been wondering when it will be available to the public. After many successful viewing parties and many request to be available to the masses, the documentary is available on iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu for your viewing pleasure.
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Before The Plate review: The ultimate farm-to-table film tour
Throughout the documentary, Horne visits the various farms that contribute the food for a single meal — a deliciously enticing larded beef tenderloin, charred onions, honey-roasted carrots, tater tots, green-tomato chutney, and bread sauce — and helps to put a personal face on each growing operation.
Beginning in Horne’s prestigious restaurant Canoe, located on the 54th floor of a downtown Toronto high-rise, Horne’s journey takes him from the busy, urban city to the rustic, rural origins of his ingredients. During his voyage, Horne investigates some of the most pressing issues facing farmers today as he discovers what it takes to produce food in a rapidly evolving agricultural landscape.
Because Before The Plate features farms both big and small, both conventional and organic, both crop-based and livestock-based, it creates a multitude of discussion and educational opportunities for people to draw off of. Just watching it, there is a sense that each one of us, no matter where we live, can be informed about our food.
The documentary — directed by Sagi Kahane-Rapport and produced by Dylan Sher, Ryan Bury, and James Andrew Felts — laments the modern disconnect between farmers and the public, but doesn’t see it as an unrepairable relationship.