McMenamins Mission Theater is pleased to host the premiere screening of this film about Portland’s own James Beard Award-winning chef, Andy Ricker. The chef himself, along with the film’s director and producers, will be on hand for a Q&A after the film.
Produced by Munchies, the food site from VICE (a multimedia company based in New York), this is the production company’s first feature documentary. The film’s title comes from the Thai word for “white foreigner.” When Andy opened his first Portland-based Thai restaurant, Pok Pok, it was unlike any other in the United States. Today, he’s chef and owner of seven restaurants nationwide, with a massive cult following.
Farang explores why Andy’s 25-year-old relentless obsession with a country, its culture, and food practices bridged the gap between regional Thai cuisine and Western palates, the struggles and issues within the American Thai restaurant community, and how authenticity is at the core value system of Andy's craft. The production company traveled with Andy from Thailand, to Portland, New York, and also watched him open his noodle shop, Sen Yai.
Refreshments will be available for purchase, provided by Pok Pok and Sen Yai.
Please note: Admission is free, but is by RSVP only. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be included in the audience.