The Perennial Plate Gears Up For Year 2: Better, Bolder, and Coming to Your Town

Has it really been a year? Today Daniel Klein's the Perennial Plate series releases video number 52, officially completing a full year of weekly videos featuring Minnesota foods, producers, recipes, and farms. Many of Daniel's terrific videos, which cover topics from hunting and eating squirrels to making ice cream in the snow, have been posted all over the web -- on the Huffington Post, Grist, and right here on SGT.

And now the Perennial Plate's Minnesota adventure comes to a close, opening the door for bigger, better, broader, national food things. Daniel tells me that he and his trusty cohort (girlfriend, vegetarian, and camera girl) Mirra Fine will take a short break, and that they plan to start posting new videos this spring -- from various stops across the United States.

Photo of Daniel Klein by Stephanie ColganPhoto of Daniel Klein by Stephanie ColganI've enjoyed the Perennial Plate's monthly videos almost as much as I've enjoyed getting to know Daniel, a talented, committed, hard-working, fun, and just-plain-nice guy. And while I'll miss seeing videos of local friends and farmers each week, I'm excited to see what Daniel and Mirra have in store for us as they take their show on the road. 

All that said, the Perennial Plate needs your help in order to make the road trip happen. Here's what you can do:

  1. Share story ideas: Daniel is going to be traveling across the country, looking for the most unique and fascinating stories he can find about good food in America. If you have a favorite farm, a friend who's doing something wild with food, or a unique story to tell, contact Daniel to let him know.
  2. Host an event: Daniel and Mirra hope to be having Harvest Dinners, film screenings, and "hang out sessions" (his words, not mine) all across the country. Maybe you or a friend would be willing to host? Contact Daniel to let him know.
  3. Buy the man a drink! Actually, it's not really a drink Daniel needs, it's a donation. Daniel will be launching a new Perennial Plate Kickstarter campaign soon, and you can help make the project possible by giving generously. Click here to go to the Kickstarter campaign.

Daniel and Mirra, thank you both for a great year -- and here's to another, even better one. We're excited to see what comes next.

Lee Zukor is the founder of Simple, Good, and Tasty. Email him at