American pubcaster PBS has ordered a new food-centric series in which celebrity chef, author and restaurateur Vivian Howard takes a culinary tour of the American South.
South By Somewhere follows Howard (pictured) through the southern states, exploring dishes cultural traditions surrounding food, including dumplings, hand pies, porridge and more.
Each episode features new people and dishes, like the collard sandwich, a staple of Lumbee Indian cuisine in North Carolina, or grits and rice middlins from Gullah chefs in Charleston, South Carolina.
Howard previously hosted A Chef’s Life for PBS.
South By Somewhere is produced by Durham, NC-based TV and doc prodco Markay Media, owned by filmmaker Cynthia Hill, for PBS, in association with member stations South Carolina ETV and UNC-TV, with support from the ETV Endowment of South Carolina. The series is created by Vivian Howard and Cynthia Hill, with Howard also serving as a producer and Hill as the series director. Pamela A. Aguilar serves as the executive in charge for PBS.
“Shooting South By Somewhere has made me look at what we call Southern food with a new set of spectacles. The home kitchens I learn in, the stories I hear people share, the food I watch them make — it has lit a fresh fire under me,” said Howard, in a statement. “I’m excited that, as Southerners, we can tell these complex stories through food and culture, and not shy away from our past or present.”
“Vivian and I grew up in this very rural, very small, very particular place in the South,” added Hill. “In South By Somewhere, we want to challenge oversimplified concepts about the South, but also push ourselves to tell the story about our region’s history and present with a loving yet critical eye — through food, always through food. And as someone who grew up here, I can learn something, too.”
The series is set to premiere in the winter/spring 2020 season on PBS.