North Carolina

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.

 

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
Onions and Avetts

 

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.

 

Onions and Avetts
Spring onions kick off the season as Vivian takes a break from penning her first cookbook to prepare dinner for beginner farmers. Music group the Avett Brothers make an appearance, but the underdog spring onion steals the show.

 

Holiday Handbells:
The Raleigh Ringers

 

The Raleigh Ringers, an internationally acclaimed community handbell choir based in Raleigh, North Carolina, present holiday song selections from old yuletide favorites to Vince Guaraldi’s “A Charlie Brown Christmas” score and other sounds of the season. Highlights include: the French carol “Pat-a-pan,” “March of the Toys” from the operetta Babes in Toyland, Chopin’s “Valse Brilliante,” and “Silent Night.”

 

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!”

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
The Fish Episode, Y’all

 

A CHEF’S LIFE is a cooking and documentary series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, opens a fine dining restaurant in her small hometown in Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her menus. Using a chef’s modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present – one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm-to-table food, the series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life.

 

The Fish Episode, Y’all
Chef Vivian presents a few of the many ways fish makes its appearance in southern cooking. She learns the rules of a good Eastern North Carolina fish stew: Make it a social event. Use whole hog bacon. Resist your urge to stir! And most important, start crackin’ eggs and don’t forget a side of white bread.

 

A CHEF’S LIFE
They Call ’em ’bagas

 

A Chef’s Life is a cooking and documentary series that takes viewers inside the life of Chef Vivian Howard, who, with her husband Ben Knight, opens a fine dining restaurant in her small hometown in Eastern North Carolina. Each episode follows Vivian out of the kitchen and into cornfields, strawberry patches and hog farms as she hunts down the ingredients that inspire her menus. Using a chef’s modern sensibilities, Vivian explores Southern cuisine, past and present – one ingredient at a time. A celebration of true farm-to-table food, the series combines the action and drama of a high-pressure business with the joys and stresses of family life.

 

They Call ’em ’bagas
Lillie shows Vivian three ways to bring out the bitter and the sweet in rutabagas. Vivian showers her team with gifts as they prepare a holiday menu. A hectic New Year’s Eve at the restaurant ends with a toast and a smile, despite brewing tension.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE
Klansville, U.S.A.

 

Investigate the reasons North Carolina, long seen as the most progressive state in the South, became home to the largest Klan organization in the country, with more members than all the other Southern states combined, during the 1960s.

 

 

 

 

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