Minneapolis’ Own “Vanilla Bean” Food Blogger Samples PBS Fall Food Programming

Boy oh boy do we have a treat for you (pun intended)! Today, we’ve got a series of reviews about tpt‘s new onslaught of awesome food programming from none other than Sarah Kieffer of The Vanilla Bean Blog. Sarah is a local Minneapolis blogger who has gotten attention on a national scale for her love of (and proficiency in) baking delicious treats. We asked her to take a peek at upcoming episodes of some of our fall food programming–take it away, Sarah!

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Food Forward

PBS describes Food Forward as a show that highlights ‘pioneers and visionaries … creating viable alternatives to the pressing social and environmental impacts of our industrial food system.’ In a time where most consumers are far removed from not only their food source, but any process of farm to table (it’s become a grocery cart to car scenario), this half hour of television is an honest and refreshing look at where our food comes from. Focusing on ‘food rebels’ (farmers, chefs, fishermen, and teachers to name a few) that have positive alternatives to the impact of our industrial food system, the show teaches viewers new ways to approach taking care of our food sources. The series is beautifully shot, refreshingly honest, and a helpful place to start asking important questions as a consumer.

Airs Saturdays at 8 a.m. on tpt 2 and Fridays at 7 a.m. on tpt LIFE

Missed an episode? Watch online, here.

A Moveable Feast with Fine Cooking

Upon first viewing I wasn’t expecting Moveable Feast (hosted by Pete Evans) to steal my heart, but I have to admit I fell in love with the show. Each episode features a pop-up meal cooked by innovative chefs from across the United States. Time is spent getting to know the ingredients the chefs are focusing on, and some insight into their techniques. Each time I watch, I walk away with a few precious nuggets of information that aid me in my own kitchen adventures. Evans’ genuine enthusiasm mixed with established cooking gurus makes this at the top of my ‘won’t miss list’ this fall.

Airs Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. on tpt 2 and Tuesdays at 9:30 p.m. on tpt LIFE


Mind of A Chef

Chefs Edward Lee and Magnus Nilsson are the highlighted chefs of Mind of a Chef, Season Three (narrated by Anthony Bourdain). The season premiere starts with the calm and quiet Lee, who is reflective and insightful in his musings on how his childhood shaped his food culture.  I found myself both engaged and bored at the same time; there were moments of important kitchen wisdom mixed with a little too much nostalgia (shots of Lee leaning on a pole thinking were a little cringe-worthy). Scenes of him cooking with his mother and two other chefs were rushed, and I wanted more time to hear from each person he visited. Overall, Mind of a Chef is still quality TV, but it needs to linger a bit more on the cooking, and less so on the scenery.

Airs Saturdays at noon on tpt 2 and Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on tpt LIFE

Missed an episode? Watch online, here.