Since the trailer above dropped last winter months ago, we've been salivating over Vice's full-length documentary on Portland's own James Beard Award-winning (and newly-Michelin starred) Thai food ambassador Andy Ricker—and now you've got another chance to see it on the big screen.
Farang: The Story of Chef Andy Ricker, the first feature doc from Vice's Munchies food production company, profiles the former house painter's rise to farang (Thai for "white foreigner") and head honcho of the cult-favorite bicoastal Pok Pok empire. The film debuted at McMenamins Mission Theater in June, but its very limited release left a lot of Pok Pok lovers out of the fun.
Lucky for us, the Hollywood Theatre will play host to the next screening this weekend, as a benefit for America's First Foodie, a feature length documentary chronicling the life and food of Portland's own “Dean of American Cookery,” James Beard.
Farang includes interviews with Portland Monthly's food editor and critic Karen Brooks on Ricker's decent into culinary madness and why Pok Pok matters. Brooks was one of the first to identify Pok Pok's strange but powerful vision on SE Division. Long before the national fame and down-the-street lines, Brooks named Pok Pok's take-out shack and retooled daylight basement the Oregonian's "Restaurant of the Year" in 2007.
Join the fun at the Hollywood Theater on Sunday October 12 at 7 pm. Tickets available here. Chef Ricker and America's First Foodie Director Beth Federici will be in attendance for a Q&A—don't miss it!