(Boston, MA-August 18, 2014) – This fall, travel to a plantation in the Louisiana bayou, a mussel farm on the coast of Maine, a lakeside camp in Michigan, and into the heart of New York City’s Little Italy when the Emmy®-nominated food and travel series Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking returns. Hosted by award-winning Australian chef Pete Evans, season two of the popular culinary series sets out again to crisscross the country, celebrating the spirit of pop-up cooking with America's best chefs, rising culinary stars, and most innovative food artisans. Produced by WGBH and Fine Cooking magazine, the series will kick off its new season on public television stations on Saturday, September 6, 2014 (check local listings).
In season two, Pete Evans continues his travels across the U.S.—to New Orleans, Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Michigan, Oregon, and Maine—inviting local chefs to venture out of their kitchens and join him to create spontaneous feasts in some stunning and unexpected settings for friends and family. Special guest chefs include April Bloomfield, John Folse, Gabrielle Hamilton, Stephanie Izard, Gabriel Rucker, Jeffrey Saad, Bill Taibe, and more—who will source the finest local ingredients for their dishes and share some of their cooking techniques and tips. The chefs will then all work together to prepare a multi-course menu for enthusiastic guests as viewers learn firsthand about the local ingredients and what inspires their cooking.
“This season it’s all about harvesting and cooking locally, serving up the best ingredients of each region,” says Laurie Donnelly, Executive Producer, WGBH Lifestyle Unit. “Host Pete Evans takes viewers along on some fantastic ingredient-gathering adventures—from bow fishing for redfish after dark in Louisiana to harvesting California’s farm-fresh avocados—and introduces them to the immensely talented chefs around the country who are doing extraordinary things with food.”
“Fine Cooking magazine and Moveable Feast both inspire home cooks everywhere to discover new ingredients and learn expert techniques from America's best chefs to increase their enjoyment of cooking,” says Maria Taylor, Group Publisher Fine Cooking. “And we're very excited about our upcoming season.”
Season Two Episodes Include:
New Orleans, LA: Garden District: Chefs Brian Landry and John Folse
Host Pete Evans kicks off this season’s culinary journey in New Orleans. The chefs explore the land of playwright Tennessee Williams and throw a feast with grilled okra, trout en papillote, “Death by Gumbo,” crème brûlée, and Mardi Gras Indian Fire Water cocktails at the mansion that inspired Williams’ Suddenly, Last Summer.
Chicago, IL: The Little Goat: Chefs Stephanie Izard and Chris Pandel
Pete Evans visits the Windy City to whip up a Korean-inspired family barbecue with chefs Stephanie Izard and Chris Pandel. The trio explores Chicago before returning to the roof deck of The Little Goat to feast on Grilled Spring Onion Kimchi with Radishes, Korean-Style Slow-Roasted Guinea Hog, Rhubarb-Ginger Cocktails, and more.
New York, NY: Little Italy: Chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and Marco Canora
Chefs Gabrielle Hamilton and Marco Canora accompany host Pete Evans around New York City’s Little Italy. The group visits Sofia’s on the famed Mulberry Street before heading onto the legendary Italian food market, Di Palo’s to find the ingredients for their Italian feast of Pork Chop Milanese with Endive and Treviso Salad; Bagna Cauda; Fresh Pappardelle with Peas, Butter, and Parmigiano-Reggiano; and Lemon Sgroppino.
Santa Monica, CA: Rancho Bella Sante: Chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken
Pete Evans meets up with chefs Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken to take a field trip to the southern mountains of Temecula to pick some ripe avocados before a trip to the Santa Monica Farmers Market, one of the largest grower-only markets in the nation. With all of their fresh ingredients, the trio whips up a Latin-inspired homage to the avocado including heirloom bean tostada with herbs and fried avocados as well as lamb patties topped with avocado relish.
Portland, OR: Wine Collective: Chefs Gabriel Rucker and Greg Denton
Two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Gabriel Rucker and Greg Denton show host Pete Evans what a foodie paradise Portland is. Side trips to the Portland Farmers Market and Nicky USA produce ingredients for a spectacular feast of Spiced Bison Flank Steak with Chimichurri, Tomatoes, and Cucumber; Charred Baby Leeks with Hazelnut Romesco; and Snap Pea and Strawberry Salad with Chevre for 20 guests on the roof deck of the Southeast Wine Collective.
Portland, ME: Flanagan’s Farm: Chefs Rob Evans and Sam Hayward
It’s a true culinary adventure as chefs Rob Evans and Sam Hayward take Pete Evans to Bang Island Mussels, a renowned mussel farm, before foraging for some interesting ingredients. Two delicious signature cocktails whipped up by bartender Nathaniel Meikle accompany a feast of Beer-Steamed Mussels, Rainbow Chard and Russian Kale with King Oyster Mushrooms and Pork Belly, Foraged Salad with Deviled Duck Eggs and Coppa, and Pasta with Goat Ragù.
Buchanan, Michigan: Chefs Dan Smith, Steve McDonagh, and Gail Gand
Metropolitan Chicago chefs Gail Gand, Dan Smith, and Steve McDonagh take a road trip with host Pete Evans to Michigan’s countryside to create a delectable feast. Sourced entirely within a 5-mile radius of Buchanan, MI, the feast includes Kale Salad with Pickled Beets, Blue Cheese, and Honey Clove Vinaigrette; Stuffed Sirloin Roll with Michigan Cherries and Toasted Hazelnuts; and Cornmeal Spaetzle with Charred Grape Tomatoes and Sugar Snap Peas.
New York, NY: Staten Island: Chefs Seamus Mullen and April Bloomfield
On this episode April Bloomfield, the James Beard Award-winning best chef of New York City and Seamus Mullen join Pete Evans to gather ingredients from a rooftop farm in Brooklyn and Dickinson’s Farmstand in Chelsea Market, where they break down a pig from nose to tail. Later they ride the ferry from Manhattan to Staten Island to feast on Seafood Paella; Brooklyn Grange Salad with Pickled Eggs; Minty Spring Vegetable Sauté; and Duck Confit Salad with Raisins, Fennel, and Apple at Casa Belvedere.
Louisiana: Woodland Plantation: Chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski
Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking heads to the Mississippi River where chefs Donald Link and Stephen Stryjewski take Pete Evans on his first moonlit bow-fishing adventure to gather redfish. In the morning, the trio goes crabbing to find more ingredients for their bayou-style seafood feast that includes a classic crawfish boil, grilled oysters, jalapeño crab salad, and grilled redfish.
Kingsbury, CA: America’s Fruit Basket: Chefs David Lentz and Anthony Lamas
“America’s Fruit Basket” in Central California is the perfect location for a multi-cultural feast. Host Pete Evans is joined by chefs David Lentz and Anthony Lamas on a morning fishing trip on Bass Lake before visiting one of the many local orchards to pick juicy peaches and nectarines for a delicious stone-fruit salsa to accompany spicy grilled pork as well as some California raisins for raisin-carrot salad.
Los Angeles: Marvimon: Chefs Jeffrey Saad and Brooke Williamson
Pete Evans teams up with chefs and television personalities Jeffrey Saad and Brooke Williamson to explore the City of Angels and throw a Mexican-inspired feast. Side trips to the Northgate Market and Groundwork Coffee provide mouthwatering ingredients for the feast of Chorizo and Lobster Queso Fundido, Scallop Ceviche, Carnitas, and more.
Long Island, NY: North Fork: Chefs Bill Taibe and Will Horowitz
Chefs Bill Taibe and Will Horowitz meet up with host Pete Evans to prepare a seafood feast on the shores of the North Fork. On the top of Long Island, 120 miles from New York City, the trio fish for whelk and visit a local duck farm before returning to Will’s house for a traditional clambake and a feast of Whelk and Yukon Gold Potatoes with Celery Salsa Verde; Roasted Carrots and Beets with Fermented Black Beans; Smoked Duck with Grits, Pressed Duck Gravy, Black Garlic, and Pickled Unripened Strawberries; and Grilled Black Bass.
Louisiana: Bartlett Farm: Chefs Susan Spicer and Poppy Tooker
For the finale, Pete Evans is joined by radio host and storyteller Poppy Tooker and chef Susan Spicer on a road trip across Lake Pontchartrain to the outskirts of New Orleans. Side trips include Farmhouse Dairy Co. and Bartlett Farm to gather ingredients for a Louisiana-style farm dinner of Swiss Chard Fritters with Whipped Feta and Roasted Beets, Spiced Chicken with Papaya-Mango Salsa, and more.
To view the season 2 trailer of Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking please click here.
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