To Market ,To Market to Buy a Fat Pig
Yes, food looks good on TV. And people like food programs of many flavors, from how-to’s to histories to haute-cuisine cook-offs. And, since 1993, when they put together a remarkably tasty and popular guide to Pennsylvania Diners & Other Roadside Restaurants, Rick Sebak and his team from WQED Pittsburgh have been concocting tantalizing documentaries that remind people that simple food can often be beautiful and inspiring. Their newest project is a PBS special program called To Market To Market To Buy A Fat Pig
, airing Wednesday, August 15, at 8 p.m. on KUED-Channel 7.
Although you never see Sebak in his programs, his distinctive style of friendly narration is often the toothpick that holds all the stories together, and audiences now know that when you hear that voice, the program is going to be quick paced, full of talkative people, and it may make you hungry. In 1996, Sebak and squad scooped up “An Ice Cream Show” that took PBS audiences from Cape Cod to the north shore of Oahu for some unforgettable frozen treats. Then in 1999, they made “A Hot Dog Program” that has become a summertime staple on many public TV stations, especially around the 4th of July. Who knew that people could be so passionate about their local wieners and how they’re dressed? In 2003, another Sebak program titled “Sandwiches That You Will Like” also captivated PBS’s viewers and inspired late-night trips in search of hoagies, cheese steaks and sometimes lobster rolls. Even when the topics weren’t exactly food-related, Sebak and his cohorts found ways to feature fried turkey legs in “A Flea Market Documentary” (2001), then good Southern cooking in “A Program About Unusual Buildings” (2004), picnics in “Great Old Amusement Parks” (1999) and, perhaps most memorable, a seafood restaurant across from Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery in “A Cemetery Special” (2005). In this new program celebrating American market houses, market places and farmers’ markets, Sebak and his fellow TV-makers sink their teeth into the pies of Cleveland, the salad greens of Santa Fe, the crab cakes of Baltimore, and the heirloom tomatoes of Asheville, North Carolina. The whole crew got to drink coconuts in Hilo, Hawaii, and crunch on the special celery of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. They bought berries in Santa Monica, California, and fruits and vegetables that they had never seen before in Decatur, Georgia. To Market To Market To Buy A Fat Pig
, airs Wednesday, August 15, at 8 p.m. on KUED-Channel 7.