A food/reality series featuring Chef Vivian Howard. The series plunges audiences into the kitchen of the restaurant Chef and The Farmer, a highbrow restaurant located in Kinston, NC, one of the most impoverished communities in the US. When Vivian arrives home, she begs local farmers to grow fennel, lemongrass and Jerusalem artichokes - none of which are native to the region. Soon, she realizes that the cooking techniques she learned in New York could be applied to her "grandmother's ingredients," the bounty grown by local farmers. Vivian's recipes are exquisitely assembled to bring out the best in the locally grown fresh ingredients. This is real "southern cooking," anyone can implement into their own lives.
Stop, Squash and Roll (#301H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
With squash season in full effect, trouble with the twins, staffing issues at the Boiler Room and a new cookbook overloading her plate, Vivian seeks motherly advice from Mrs. Scarlett and her sister Johnna over a Southern classic: squash and onions.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 12, 2015 -- 9:30am Remind me
Pretty In Peach (#302H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Mrs. Scarlett teaches Vivian the secrets of Gramma Hill's canned peaches and shares memories from her own childhood. Vivian sweats through a Thanksgiving-in-July photo shoot while a major mix-up leaves the restaurant team scrambling.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 19, 2015 -- 9:30am Remind me
Gettin' Figgy with It (#303H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Vivian is under the gun to pen an entire book chapter on figs in three days. The stress inspires a fig and honey bourbon slushie tasting and a fig preserves session. After much debate, Vivian and Ben decide to charge for bread at the restaurant.
- KQED 9: Sat, Sep 26, 2015 -- 9:30am Remind me
Pickle Perfect (#304H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Vivian visits her friend Nancy for a surprisingly comforting combination of homemade pickles, chicken salad and chocolate cake. Ben and Vivian audition a new chef to offer Ben some relief and much-needed time to focus on his art.
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 3, 2015 -- 9:30am Remind me
Sweet Corn & Expensive Tea (#101H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
Chef Vivian and her husband, Ben, leave New York to open a restaurant in her small North Carolina hometown. Vivian revisits the Southern tradition of "putting up" corn and shares her method for making smoked corn relish. As the episode concludes, a devastating setback threatens their new life.
Strawberry Stay at Home (#102H) Duration: 25:46 STEREO TVG
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.
Pimp My Grits (#103H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
The restaurant gears up for a practice service when the new equipment and new menu will be tested in real time - but nothing is going as planned. One of the big changes to the restaurant's menus is the addition of a section called "Pimp My Grits," where Vivian exalts the lowly, quintessentially Southern ingredient in four distinct ways.
Prickly Business (#305H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Vivian's mentor, Scott Barton, stops by the restaurant and shares the African roots of okra. Vivian learns that picking okra is a prickly business and gets a crash course in food styling during a photo session for her upcoming cookbook.
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 24, 2015 -- 9:30am Remind me
Cracklin' Kitchen (#104H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Vivian goes about christening the restaurant's new "whole animal, no waste" program with two little pigs from Warren Brothers' farm. She uses everything - including the skin - and, on her father's recommendation, demonstrates how to make sweet potatoes with cracklins.
If You Can't Beet Em.... (#306H) Duration: 26:46 STEREO TVG
Matt from Crooked Fence Produce shows Vivian how to make "the best pickled beets she ever ate." Vivian incorporates beets into an unconventional chocolate cake in honor of Ms. Mary's 89th birthday. There's no telling how Ms. Lillie will respond.
- KQED 9: Sat, Oct 31, 2015 -- 9:30am Remind me