About this project
We are going to circumnavigate the country exploring the food industry in twelve cities around America. We will have a chef, a filmmaker and a musician with us to really uncover each of the cities niches. We want to represent and capture each cities culture through food and music.
We will take what we learn from these cities to create a unique recipe book that will serve as the menu and backbone for the National food truck in Gainesville, Florida. Our lead will shadow the head chef of each restaurant (one or two per city) to learn signature dishes of each city.
While we are exploring the country we will also be shooting a documentary about the conception of the national food truck and kitchen culture throughout the nation. What defines one’s culture? Is it the food we eat? The music we listen to? The people we surround ourselves with? The answer is no. There is no one element that defines culture, but merely a mosaic of elements that shape it, and there is no stronger element in shaping a culture than its food. We plan to make a documentary that explores the inner culture of various cities through their food services. After all, you are what you eat. We will be filming in kitchens throughout the nation to create a documentary, utilizing GoPro cameras, that will yield a unique perspective on kitchen life. Viewers will have a bird’s eye view of an extremely busy dinner rush and be transported to the role of the: chef, line-cook, prep cook or dishwasher; each individual is part of a larger system that requires team work and a certain camaraderie to be successful. These moments of adrenaline and stress forge a bond between the kitchen staff, which usually leads to beers after work. We will be filming these situations too, in order to provide a true feel for kitchen culture. It goes without saying that the setting is an additional character in our program. Each city is a different guest star as each setting gets it’s own personal showcase. We will focus mainly on what differentiates each city in culture. Our route will go in a circle around the United States and we will leave Gainesville, Florida to hit these cities in order:
1. Athens, Georgia for Southern Fusion
2. Atlanta, Georgia for New Age Southern food.
3. Nashville, Tennessee for Traditional Southern Soul Food.
4. New York City for Italian Cuisine.
5. Chicago for Fine Dining Cuisine.
6. Denver for Mountain-West Cuisine.
7. Portland for Pacific North-West Cuisine.
8. San Francisco for Asian Cuisine.
9. San Diego for Pacific American Cuisine
10. Las Vegas, Nevada for Americano Cuisine.
11. Austin, Texas for South Western Cuisine.
12. New Orleans for Cajun Cuisine.
Risks and challenges
Some risks that we feel will come with this project are all the logistics of our trip. We want to find restaurants at the heart and sole of each city, which may be a problem if we have never been there. To solve this, after we get backed we will do a national poll to find the perfect restaurants in each city. Furthermore we want to produce the soundtrack for our film and we feel that infiltrating the local music scene of each town will present certain obstacles in itself. We really want to get the native view of each city and will have to rely on locals to show us these key contributors to the local scene; if we are to harness the culture of each destination, we will have to find a sort of local guide, which may pose some problems. Editing our documentary will take some time as there will be various storylines to delve into, in order to give our story legs. These edits will decide the path our story will follow, and I hope to represent each artist, chef and patron in a pure light. Running out of memory for film is another obstacle that could hinder our production. I hope to have multiple sd cards, but there are times when i miss really great footage because I'm switching cards. Although weather won’t disrupt anything in the kitchen, it will affect us when we work in food trucks.
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