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A CHEF’S LIFE
Holiday Special

 

Delectable fudge. Crispy peanut brittle. Gooey chocolate-covered cherries. Old- fashioned caramels. It’s the stuff of holiday memories… with a little bit of a twist. Doing what she does best, Chef Vivian Howard hosts her own vision of the season’s celebrations, exploring holiday traditions, Kinston, NC style. This one-hour special invites viewers to join in one of the most charming and delicious celebrations of the season. “Deck the Halls, Y’all!”

 

 

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Surviving the Dust Bowl

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: Surviving the Dust Bowl

 

THE DUST BOWL chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history, in which the frenzied wheat boom of the “Great Plow-Up,” followed by a decade-long drought during the 1930s nearly swept away the breadbasket of the nation. Vivid interviews with twenty-six survivors of those hard times, combined with dramatic photographs and seldom seen movie footage, bring to life stories of incredible human suffering and equally incredible human perseverance. It is also a morality tale about our relationship to the land that sustains us—a lesson we ignore at our peril.

 

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A CHEF’S LIFE
A Peanut Pastime

 

Vivian visits neighbor Marty Harper’s peanut farm just before and during harvest. Vivian’s dad introduces Ben and Vivian to the old school break snack, a pack of salted peanuts dumped into a Pepsi in a glass bottle. At the restaurant, Vivian translates the snack into Pepsi glazed pork belly with country ham braised peanuts.

 

INDEPENDENT LENS
Seed: The Untold Story

 

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds, which have been worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This film follows passionate seed-keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a battle to defend the future of our food. In a story both harrowing and heartening, these reluctant heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. Featuring Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke, Raj Patel and Vandana Shiva.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Strawberry Stay at Home

 

Vivian and Ben rebuild their restaurant against the backdrop of the Southern harbinger of spring, the strawberry. Their twins go on their first strawberry- picking excursion, and Vivian and a friend develop a recipe for coconut cornbread strawberry shortcake with basil whipped cream.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Mayo – The Mother Sauce

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

Mayo – The Mother Sauce
Vivian holds a mayo blind taste test and a surprise brand takes top prize. After a new chef takes the reins, Vivian’s diminishing role at the restaurant becomes clearer. Her long-held vacation plans are stifled by a series of strange events.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Heavenly Hocks

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

Heavenly Hocks
A view behind-the-scenes reveals the hot and cold of curing ham. At a New York dinner party hosted in her honor, Vivian serves up a gift of meats – pig tails, ham hocks and fatback – that give Carolina cuisine its quintessential kick.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
All Sunchoked Up

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

All Sunchoked Up
Flo and Theo’s pre-school class visit the restaurant for a meal where table manners are the focus, but exceptionally slow service makes everyone antsy, especially Ben. When her sunchoke recipe doesn’t make the grade, Vivian enlists guidance from an old friend.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
More Than One Way to Skin a Catfish

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

More than One Way to Skin a Catfish
An up-close-and-personal experience with farm-raised catfish offers Vivian an enlightened perspective on the industry. When a staff member’s last day at the restaurant finally arrives, heavy emotions and fond memories create a bonding moment for the entire crew.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
Rabbit

 

The fourth helping of this award-winning series is the most unpredictable yet, featuring a healthy dose of homegrown laughter and inspired ingredients served up by Chef Vivian Howard alongside a hearty cast of family, farmers, chefs, home cooks and friends.

 

Rabbit
Vivian attends the Carolina Meat Conference and demonstrates rabbit processing. As a cherished staff member prepares to leave the restaurant, Vivian mourns his loss while anticipating the additional strain.

 

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