You’d think that for someone like me in food media, keeping up with my own blog or social media would be a priority, but life comes at us all pretty fast and furious these days. I love what I do – I just don’t have enough time to document it often enough.
Like everyone else, when the pandemic hit, I quickly had to pivot. My Tufts University food media class moved onto the Zoom platform in March, and I was so impressed at how resilient my students were, taking this scary new world order in stride.
On a lighter side, they shifted to cover the newly emerging pandemic food trends like dalgona coffee and sour dough bread. As they moved home or out of dorms, they also pivoted on their final projects I was blown away by the work they produced in May. You can read more about it here. I’m grateful to our guest speakers who joined us on Zoom and were able to help us process what was going on in the industry in real time. We lost some class time with the transition and unfortunately had too little time to truly tackle some of the harder issues that food media has been grappling with, especially since the spring. I’m looking forward to teaching the class again in January 2021 and digging in.
Meanwhile, I’m teaching two Zoom cooking classes in the next month. I will let you know how those go…. and if you are looking for terrific virtual kids cooking classes, check out the incredibly talented Jill Santopietro’s cooking classes here. Stay well + Stay safe!
What a busy year! The spring brought The Food Flirts with the Brass Sisters to NYC for the James Beard Foundation Media awards. Our show was nominated for best show shot on location, and while we didn’t win our category, it was truly a privilege to be in such rarified company. We all felt the love in the room and beyond. We saw lots of old friends, made some great new ones (Marilynn is gazing at, and about to meet, Jeremiah Tower off camera!), and of course we enjoyed outstanding food.
We just relaunched The Food Flirts nationally on July 6, with PBS rolling out our new episodes back-to-back on the first three Friday nights in July from 10-11 p.m. nationally in many markets, (but please check here for broadcast info. in your area as days and times vary city to city). Let the adventure continue and thanks for tuning in!!
Thrilled to report that The Food Flirts, the new TV cooking show I’ve been helping to develop for the past year-plus, just debuted in prime time on PBS across the country on Friday, July 28, at 10 p.m. (right after The Great British Baking Show). More episodes coming this fall!
It’s a blast of a show, starring the inimitable Sheila and Marilynn Brass. I have previously overseen the cooking operations on shows I’ve produced, but as supervising producer on this project, I’ve enjoyed being involved in all aspects (including the food, of course). And getting to build this from the ground up with the all-star team of executive producer Bruce Seidel and the Brass Sisters has made it one of the most rewarding experiences of my career in food media. Please check it out!