Food show uses local locations
"Southern Fresh" is featuring a local kitchen and High Country locations on a planned national television series.
The series is hosted by Tim Haas and Jan Kirby and shot entirely on location in North Carolina, and the new television show premieres in January. The two hosts, who go by "Tim and Jan," have authored three books and are based in Caldwell County, though they trekked up the mountain for a few of their segments and resources.
The new television series is "all about the magical convergence that happens when home-grown garden-fresh produce is turned into great food in the kitchen,' said Kirby.
For several episodes, the show uses the kitchen of Toby and Wayne Press of Boone, who own the cooking-related store Savory Thymes. It also features floral displays from Blowing Rock's Last Straw, and has one episode featuring the outdoor gardens at Mast Farm Inn in Valle Crucis.
"We'll film in the vineyards or orchards and talk about how to grow and harvest and then we'll take it to the kitchen and develop recipes," Kirby said.
Kirby said the series is different from other cooking shows because it starts in the garden with produce or flowers and then takes them from the natural setting and into production, whether that means a culinary delight, beauty product or even a wine.
The series is the extension of Tim and Jan's garden-to-kitchen brand as currently seen through "At Home in the Carolinas" on MyFox Charlotte and the new book "Herb Garden Gourmet" published by Source Books.
Thirteen episodes of "Southern Fresh" are being produced by Homerun Entertainment to air on the RFD cable network. Kirby said the show will reach 40 million households.
Six episodes are already in the can and seven more will be filmed in the spring. The shows will air three times a week and also be available in re-runs.
Haas and Kirby will be hosting a premiere party at the Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir on Dec. 5.
Students from Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute's Culinary Technology Program also contributed by helping prepare recipes that were showcased during filming.
"Southern Fresh" producer Greg Springs welcomed the experience of the CCC&TI students. "The students we worked with were smart, hard working and talented," he said.
"We were absolutely pleased from top to bottom with the work they did while assisting the show. They were well trained and you could tell they knew what they were doing."
The shows will end with Tim and Jan displaying their food, then sitting down to eat and enjoy their culinary creations. The air dates will be announced later this year at http://www.timandjan.com.