This entertaining, visually-stunning PBS cooking show serves up adventure, action, and real people who are passionate about food.
About the Series
People across the country are discovering a bounty of seasonal ingredients, heritage foods, and artisanal products unique to their regions. In Season celebrates this sense of discovery, inspires viewers to seek out the best ingredients and showcases food's color, texture and flavor with down-to-earth, delicious dishes.
John MacPherson, co-owner and chef at the Foster Harris House bed and breakfast in Washington, Virginia goes into the field to meet and work with the folks who grow, produce and harvest beautiful and sometimes unusual foods. Whether it's fishing for Chesapeake Rockfish on a frigid January morning, or foraging for the elusive morel mushroom on a warm spring day, he’ll unearth what's in season and at the peak of flavor. Then, he takes those ingredients back into the kitchen to prepare a simple meal that features nature's seasonal highlights.
Why it's Different
TV cooking shows tend to fall into three categories: "stand-and-stir," "watch me eat," or competition formats. We wanted to see a food show that had a little more soul. One with an independent feel. One that introduced people to the true champions of local, seasonal and honest foods. One that looked as beautiful as the foods taste.
We couldn't find a show like that on TV, so we decided to make it ourselves.
Three years ago, we borrowed a video camera, filmed at our local farms and cooked in our kitchen. The end result was embarrassingly bad, but we knew we had a good idea. Our good friend John Spaulding (with far more experience in video) helped with version two. Much better, but still not what we envisioned. John Spaulding connected us with Brendan Goeckel of Garrett Park Films who actually is a TV and film producer. So we did it again. We drove around Virginia and met fascinating people producing the most amazing foods. This time with a real movie camera, real sound equipment, a real schedule and real editing, all donated by talented people who thought it was a good idea, too. And when it was finished, we had the show we wanted.
What network would be interested in a cooking show that ventures outside of the studio kitchen, but without the drama of ticking stop watches, fallen soufflés and dashed hopes?
PBS, that's who! PBS -- the home of the first and most revered TV chef of all time, Julia Child -- not only likes In Season, but is "enthusiastically committed" to distributing the first season --13 half-hour episodes! It's a dream come true.
There's one catch: PBS will distribute our show to its affiliates, but it's up to us to find the funding to produce it.
We Need Your Help
With your help, we can bring In Season to life and perhaps redefine how PBS programming gets funded. We've put together a range of rewards to show our appreciation for your generous contributions. Even if you can't participate at a reward level, every dollar is a vote for programming like ours and it means a great deal to us to have your support. If you'd like to contribute but don't fancy any of our rewards, feel free to make suggestions and we'll do our best to make it happen. If you want to contribute even more than our top dollar ticket, we'll put together a custom, larger than life, be-all-end-all package, just for you!
Where the Money Will Go
The money from this Kickstarter project will help us produce the first season of In Season. We've completed the pilot episode and now we need your help to complete the remaining twelve episodes. If we reach our goal of $125,000, we’ll be able to produce the next two episodes of In Season. The funding will cover production, travel, editing and post-production of the these episodes. Every dollar over our goal will go towards the next episode, and if enough people contribute we may just be able to fund the entire season, right here on Kickstarter!
Not only are we raising money to produce the series, we're also building a community behind the show; your participation will make all the difference!
Many thanks from the In Season crew:
John MacPherson, Brendan Goeckel, John Spaulding, and Diane MacPherson
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the Kickstarter money go? After Kickstarter fees and reward fulfillment, all of the remaining funds will be used to produce the series. PBS expects the same high production value we delivered in the pilot, but this time we actually need to pay for all the talented people, equipment, travel and final finishing we'll need to make it happen! If we don't meet our funding goal of $125,000 by March 24, 2012, no one is charged and no money changes hands.
Will In Season air if you only get funding to produce a few episodes? PBS wants 13 episodes, but will distribute In Season to its affiliates with as few as six episodes.
How will you get the rest of the funding needed? We would love to fund In Season entirely with Kickstarter, but we'll also be seeking corporate funding by companies that share our passion for local, seasonal foods and our vision for the show.
How will I be able to see In Season on TV in my area? Each of the more than 350 PBS affiliates across the country will have the option of airing In Season. Once we have the six episodes we need to air, we'll email our Kickstarter backers and we'll post a link on our site (www.inseasontv.com) to help you find out where and when you can watch the show.
There's an amazing food producer/farmer in my community. Any chance you'll feature them? We're actively seeking out artisanal food growers and producers from around the country. If you are -- or know of -- an outstanding, unusual or small batch food purveyor in your region, we'd love to hear about it. Please post your idea on our comments board.
Help us get the word out by liking In Season on Facebook
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Special Edition Autographed DVD (plus all of the above): To show our sincere thanks for your generous support, we're going give you a collector's item! We'll send -- along with everything above -- the original pilot episode; not the one folks will see on TV but the special edition original, on DVD, signed by John. (International Funders: Please add $12 to help defray extra shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
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Autographed Foster Harris House Cookbook (plus all of the above): Wow, this is very generous of you and there's no better way to reward generosity than with food! So we're going to send you, along with everything so far, a signed copy of the Foster Harris House Cookbook with 184 pages, over 80 recipes and 132 full color photos. (International Funders: Please add $15 to help defray extra shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
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Schmidt Brothers Titan Chefs Knife with Autographed Sheath (plus all of the above): Host John MacPherson was smitten (or should we say "Schmidtten?) when he used his first Schmidt Brothers knife. You will be, too! In addition to everything above, you'll get a Titan 8" Chefs knife like the one John will use on the show. You'll love the Schmidt Brothers innovative and finely crafted cutlery. (International Funders: Please add $20 to help defray extra shipping costs)Estimated delivery:
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NEW PLEDGE AMOUNT!!! Co-producer Credit and Directors Chair (plus all of the $750 rewards): You have entered the big leagues now, and with it comes the big title. You will be listed in the credits of the show as Co-Producer of In Season! And while you're sitting in your In Season directors chair, you can tell everyone how your vision helped the show come together.Estimated delivery:
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NEW PLEDGE AMOUNT!!! Luxury Getaway for Two (plus all of the $750 rewards): For your very generous support of In Season we want to spoil you. Spoil you in a way only an overnight stay for two at the Foster Harris House in Little Washington Virginia can! You and a friend will be our guests at the Foster Harris House, get the inside scoop on doing the show over cocktails with John and Diane and enjoy all the comfort and coziness this beautiful bed and breakfast has to offer.Estimated delivery:
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NEW PLEDGE AMOUNT!!! Private Dinner and Luxury Getaway for Four (plus all of the $750 rewards): Now we're like family... like it or not. With this kind of support we'll wine and dine you, a guest and ONE other couple at the Foster Harris House. Not only will each couple enjoy the fine accommodations at the Foster Harris House, John will prepare a multi-course meal with wines for you and your friends. And the best part... you don't even need to help with the dishes!Estimated delivery:
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