Mississippi River food culture…capturing the essence of place through food & people. A Traveling Video Cookbook
Our mission is to eat, cook, and share Good food with common people. We intend to travel the extent of the Mississippi River from its headwaters at Lake Itasca in Minnesota to the delta in New Orleans in Louisiana. Our goal is to document the culinary essence of a place, diagnose what makes foods true to a location and why.
We are Mr. Sheng & Tabatha´s Traveling Revival. Mr. Sheng (a.k.a. Andrew) hails from Minnesota and grew up on walleye and wild rice. While Tabatha (a.k.a. Elin) who is Swedish got her fair share of salmon and beetroots. We both are curious about new flavors and have a passion to find them. Together we have a catering company in Sweden, and have been working on killing a few stereotypes about American foods. We intend to take a closer look at local foods in various regions along the route.
Our goal is to put together a “traveling cookbook” documenting local dishes, conversations with the people who know them and their preparation. We want to share this experience with you in a hands-on and practical manner by documenting the trip with video, blogging, and photos.
Our intention is to collaborate with people who know and prepare the dishes, (Chefs, Cooks & Self-proclaimed Cooks) and those who produce the raw ingredients (Farmers, Beekeepers, Winemakers, Brewers, etc.)
Our preference is to highlight local establishments and small businesses that capture the food culture of the area. These meetings will help us determine what makes up the local culinary essence, and how the dishes are prepared. . We have already made contact with several experts in all the major regions along the way through local historical societies. these contacts are excited about the project and ready to help us book meetings. These meetings will be edited into approximately 5 min clips which will be put out on YouTube. But will also be presented as chapters on our DVD for easy reference just like a cookbook.
We will be shooting with a Canon T2I Rebel, which is a user friendly DSLR camera with a professional grade video capability and a hookup for wireless microphones. Commonly used for shooting documentaries for its simplicity and high quality picture output.(i.e., we´re not cinematographers but we have the means to create a high quality product.) The meetings will be set up in advance and have very specific goals. If we are meeting with a cook we will know beforehand what they are preparing, if we are on a farm or a winery we will have agreed on what information is relevant.
The DVD will also contain some spontaneous footage of our journey in-between these meetings, part of this will be shot on a GoProCam mounted in our car. In addtition to the standard questions we will be asking about food in every location. This should provide some interesting insight that we can compare.
We have a film editor in Sweden we will be working alongside intensively in the months of November and December in order to finalize our DVD. We will be loading up the videos on YouTube throughout the editing process giving tidbits of the final DVD production.
To make this dream a reality we need your help!
We plan to head out in the fall of 2013, a prime time for local produce and a great time for a road trip.
We will do most of the work ourselves; however we still need help.
The funding for the project is going to be used to cover gas, car insurance, a vehicle, housing, our editors fees, the printing of the DVD, as well as purchasing food for the video demonstrations. It is very hard to determine an exact budget for this project. The cost of food for the production can very greatly, we don´t want to limit ourselves when it comes to groceries. We have set a budget we feel is realistic, but will not stifle the outcome.
However we have no intention of profiting off of this project. If our funding proves to be more than we need to complete the project, we plan to donate the money to food shelves along the river. Most food shelf donations are canned goods, a monetary donation can allow for a food shelf to purchase fresh foods. Fresh food is a privilege and we want to keep this in mind while exploring the culinary peaks of the river. Anyone interested in purchasing the DVD after our project is complete will be able to do so at cost.
This is not a project with a finical goal on the horizon, it´s something we are just really passionate about. The journey is for our own interest, but the product is for cultural benefit.
If you have input on local cuisine or suggestions of a great place to visit, please drop us a line.
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The three greatest challenges we face are first technical, this is the largest project we will have undertaken working with multimedia. Then there is the personal element, we want to represent our experiences in as honest and objective of a way as posible. Third is a matter of time limitations and geography, we have one month to cover the river, and as much as we don´t want to exclude anyone or anything, we need to be realistic. We are confident that we can solve any technical difficulties, we have always succeeded with our DIY approach. As much as we want to document this, we also want to learn. We have some experience writing recipes for magazines and feel we have the skills to pass on what we learn to you.
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