• Behind the Scenes of a Food Network Video

    June 21, 2011

    A few weeks ago, I received an email asking if I’d want to film some “behind the scenes” footage for the California Table Grape Commission (yep, fresh grapes from California), who is working with three chefs from around the country (Boston, San Francisco, and Austin) to film them preparing a signature grape recipe to be used on the Food Network— both TV and online.

    Say wwwhat?! Food Network?!! My ears eyes brain immediately perked up! What a neat opportunity!

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    (The above photo was taken on my way to the video shoot this morning. I was psyched about it… and, of course, the Marylou’s Almond Joy iced coffee that I was about to enjoy!)

    In Boston, the California Table Grape Commission is filming Jody Adams at Rialto, so they asked a blogger (aka yours truly) to make a behind the scenes video of the taping that “brings to life each chef’s creative, fresh recipes and, of course, an amazing use of grapes.” I spent all day today filming Jody at Rialto.

    Once my video is finished (a friend is helping me edit it), it’ll be posted on a YouTube channel, along with the other two market’s blogger videos. On July 6th, the three videos will debut and each blogger will promote theirs to try to generate the most votes. The participant who generates the most votes will receive a trip to New York City! The program sounded like a great opportunity and a lot of fun, so I signed on almost immediately. Plus, I love NYC!

    Bright and early this morning, I arrived at Rialto with my Flipcam (and Marylou’s iced coffee) in hand. I was ready to film.

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    I arrived just in time to see Jody’s hair and make-up getting done.

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    Once Jody was ready, we headed into the kitchen for the “How To” segment of the video.

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    The kitchen was already prepped for Jody to make her signature grape dish: Polenta and Sausage with Grapes and Green Tomatoes. Jody said her recipe is inspired by Tuscany, where sausages and grapes are served at harvest time. She also said that she wanted to balance the sweetness of the grapes with the tang of the green tomatoes. The result is a rich, warm, and hearty dish. It smelled amazing cooking in the kitchen!

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    Lights.

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    Camera.

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    Action!

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    Jody got right to work! She explained and demonstrated each step of the cooking process, which made her dish actually seem sort of easy to make– even I could do it!

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    The kitchen was crowded with video equipment and people trying to do their jobs, so I found a little corner to film from and tried to stay out of the way.

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    Around noon, we took a break from filming for lunch. The film crew kindly bought me a sandwich from Henrietta’s Table.

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    I ordered the famous BLT, which totally knocked my socks off. It might actually be the best BLT I’ve ever eaten. It was packed with bacon and the bread tasted divine.

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    After lunch, it was back to work. Up next was the interview portion of the video, where Jody responded to a bunch of questions in front of the camera.

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    It was crazy how much time and energy went into getting the perfect shot for her interview. There was so much attention to detail with regard to lighting, angles, and color. It was definitely worth it in the end because the shot looked beautiful! 

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    What a day! I’ve never been part of the behinds the scenes action of a professional video shoot before, so I’m glad that I had the opportunity today. It was definitely an experience that I will never forget.

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    I’ll be sure to let you guys know when my video is online. I hope you watch it, like it, and vote for it!

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    { 65 comments… read them below or add one }

    Khushboo June 22, 2011 at 4:23 am

    Food Network!!! That’s so cool!

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    Kristen @ Change of Pace June 22, 2011 at 6:46 am

    That is so cool! I bet you had a blast :)

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    Daisy June 22, 2011 at 8:16 am

    I won a cooking class with Jody Adams awhile back. That woman is amazing!

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    Jordan @ foods sweat and beers June 22, 2011 at 8:19 am

    What an amazing opportunity, thanks for giving us a sneaky peek behind the scenes!!

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    katie @ KatieDid June 22, 2011 at 8:46 am

    The opportunities you get through blogging are just amazing! I feel like, more than most bloggers, you really get your name out there and involved in tons of different events, meet-ups, organizations etc. It’s so great that its been such a platform for you to experience so much!!

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    char @ char on a mission June 22, 2011 at 8:58 am

    What an amazing opportunity!!! You totally will have my vote!

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    Hope June 22, 2011 at 8:59 am

    Wow, what an incredible opportunity! That is such an amazing experience! :)

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    Sarah June 22, 2011 at 9:09 am

    What an awesome opportunity!! This looks like such a fun thing to do. I can’t wait for your video!

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    Andie @ CanYouStayForDinner.com June 22, 2011 at 10:41 am

    So fabulous!!

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    Ryan @ EatSaveTravel.com June 22, 2011 at 10:50 am

    What a cool opp! Looking forward to seeing the vid

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    Cynthia June 22, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    What an exciting opportunity!! Can’t wait for the vid, you have my vote! :)

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    Cynthia June 22, 2011 at 2:26 pm

    Btw, have you gotten your test results back yet? I hope everything is okay.

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    Katherina @ Zephyr Runs June 22, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Oh! Man! Food Network! My face looks like yours and this wasn’t even my experience!!

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    Page June 23, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    SO SO FUN! Enjoy every moment lucky lady :)

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    Kim @ Imperfectly Perfect June 23, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    What a great experience! Congrats on being chosen. I can’t wait to see the video!

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