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Potter Productions, Inc.
Discovering new food, Discovering new wines, Consulting, Making Friends, Networking, Career Advancement, Gaining Knowledge
I am a filmmaker living in the Portland, OR area. After 20+ years working in television in the Bay Area, I relocated to the Northwest. Cooking Up A Story was launched on the internet in May 2006. The stories are documentary shorts (shot unscripted and told in the voice of the subject) and are about people, food, and sustainable living.
Years in the Industry
I have been a filmmaker for 25+ years.

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Trash Fish: Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Posted on March 11, 2014 at 2:11pm 0 Comments


Portland, OR  Four top chefs team up for a trash fish dinner to raise public awareness of overfishing, and create demand for alternative fish species that are not presently at risk. Cathy Whims of Nostrana, Kelly Myers of…


Director's Journal: Eau De Vie Pear Brandy: A Personal Quest

Posted on August 3, 2008 at 6:10pm 1 Comment

Summer has to be one of my favorite times of the year. It’s not that the Winter and Spring rains have finally stopped (I love the rain and all it brings!). It’s the fruit. The berries, cherries, peaches, pears, apples, figs, apricots, nectarines, and, well, you get the picture.

I feel so fortunate to live in an area of great abundance when it comes to many of these fruits. And Steve McCarthy, of… Continue

Behind the Green Chef

Posted on July 25, 2008 at 8:13am 0 Comments

This post is from Sam Fromartz's blog: Chews Wise

by Clare Leschin-Hoar

When I interviewed Michael Oshman of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA) recently for a Wall Street Journal story, he mentioned that the restaurant industry is the largest consumer of… Continue

Director's Journal: Commercial Composting: Why One Restaurant Recycles

Posted on May 23, 2008 at 6:31pm 2 Comments

[video story for this post]

I started composting much of my food scraps last year. I knew I wanted to start a vegetable garden this Spring (and I have!), and I feel the 2 go hand in hand. I always struggled with the first steps of composting. How do you do it? Yes, I have a container, but what’s the ratio between food and grass cuttings? What about the smell? What about… Continue

Michael Pollan: In Defense of Food, part 2

Posted on March 3, 2008 at 2:20pm 0 Comments

This post is a complement to the video I just posted of the same title.

Could it possibly be, our conceptions for eating, and our understanding of foods, have gone terribly awry? In this segment, Michael Pollan talks about how we (Americans) have come to view food through the lens of nutritionism, not only focused upon the good and bad… Continue

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At 9:25pm on January 5, 2009, Matt Milletto said…
Great to see another Portlander on Fohboh!
At 8:14am on August 27, 2008, David Mark said…
Thanks for reaching out! Here's the interesting story about my Rogue experience (how I discovered them): I was in San Francisco summer of 2006 and I was randomly examining the scence when I stumbled upon Rogue Ales Public House on Union St. (North Beach). I apparently caught them on an off night, or so I initially thought. It was calm and gave me the impression this place may not be that good. As a matter of fact, I think I (and my current ex-girlfriend) were the only patrons at the time.

In spite of the doubt, I belly-up and the brewmaster appears. That's when all of my dubious thoughts dissipate. Man, was he good! He was truly a craftsman and knew his product. He explained (dummied-down for me) the ingredients, the taste, the aroma and the art of Rogue beer without being too garrulous and drab. It was quite the opposite. I was now excited to be there and my feelings escalated once I crossed over from Rogue virgin to Rogue fan! Over the course of two hours, I fell in love with Rogue beer, the staff and of course RAPH (or was it the alcohol speaking?). Either way, I had a blast. I had so much fun sitting at the bar, I didn't realize there were no less than 50 people who "snuck" in while I was hyper-focused on my ultimate beverage. So, yeah, that's how it all came about.
At 11:10am on August 7, 2008, Alfredo Nasti Jr said…
Hello Rebecca,
It has been a while since we last chatted. I wanted to inform you of the launch of our Organic Sicilian Blood Orange juice in the NYC area. If you would like to sample the goods send me a shipping address and I will get them out ASAP. In the meantime our web site is Not only does this product tatse amazing but it has so many great health benefits. The problem is we do not have paid spokespeople ( Doctors, professors, etc) so getting the word out might take a while.

At 4:46pm on August 5, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
That is a lot of pears! Thanks for resending the video, Rebecca. I looked for it this morning but it was my first post without coffee. I thoroughly enjoyed it as I do all of your high-quality and thought-provoking work. Eau De Vie seems the way to go over flavored spirits. I love the all-natural aspects.
At 7:31pm on June 28, 2008, Cooking Up A Story said…
The videos are all part of the shows I produce for Cooking Up a Story. You can find them on my website (same name), RSS (eg. iTunes), and numerous video destination sites. In addition I do freelance work! That's how I met the fellow who also has an E-Learning business. Have a good night!
At 9:12am on June 27, 2008, Ray Lampe said…
Not really. I'm flying a lot more these days anyway bit it's all got to happen or I'll be forgotten quickly. Luckily I'm a little more profitable than I used to be.
At 8:29am on June 27, 2008, Ray Lampe said…
Hi Rebecca,
Nice to hear from you. I joined a while ago on the advice of a friend but haven't done much with it. Just been busy too. Today I joined a couple groups.

Hope all is well with you.

At 3:49pm on March 17, 2008, Lisa Schroeder said…
Yeah, well I worked with Beth Harrington on Mother's Cooking...she was the director. We're trying to get it on somewhere as a TV show. Please let me know the next time you come to Mother's or Mama Mia's. Would love to say hello.
At 11:07am on March 10, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
Hi, Rebecca,
Thanks for joining Web 2.0+. Certainly you are an authority on the topic so am looking forward to learning more from you!

I'm not currently set up to work with video on my own. Perhaps in the future as I'd like to start my own online cooking segment as part of my blog, but I've been contemplating that as an option.

It's wonderful to feature your videos on my site! I'm so glad Google Adsense has that partnership with YouTube.

Judy "the foodie"
At 7:49pm on March 9, 2008, Judy "the foodie" Asman said…
I'm running Google Adsense vids on my Web site and one of them featured was Cooking Up A Story. How is that working out for you?

Great work! I can honestly say I don't know anyone else who does what you do.

Judy "the foodie"




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