Innkeepers offered a PBS series

A little preview

The MacPhersons posted some snippets from their “In Season” pilot on YouTube recently:

It appears that innkeepers John and Diane MacPherson of Washington’s Foster Harris House will soon have a lot more to make than breakfast and bike trips.

After nearly three years of work on a food/lifestyle/cooking pilot called “In Season,” the MacPhersons were offered a broadcasting and distribution deal by PBS this week.

“It’s going to be another good thing for the county,” said John MacPherson, who will be the farm-visiting, scenery-beholding and kitchen-manning host of the show, if everything goes as planned. “But it’s not going to be a Rappahannock County show, exactly — it’s a nationwide program.”

The first season of the show — the 13 initial episodes to which PBS has committed to airing and distributing, perhaps starting in fall of 2012 — will likely highlight some food purveyors and farm producers in Rappahannock, MacPherson said.

The local-food, slow-food, fresh-food movement evident here is, after all, what initially attracted the MacPhersons to Rappahannock, where they opened Foster Harris House in 2004 and began shortly thereafter offering sellout “Tour d’Epicure” packages — culinary outings for bicycling fans.

For the show, MacPherson said, “I’ll be traveling to everywhere [in the U.S.] that there’s beautiful scenery and delicious food and wine being produced.” The MacPhersons see the show as a cross between the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and a cooking show — so MacPherson will not just visit farms but get involved in the process.

The MacPhersons’ own production company, Fresh Plate Productions, will produce with D.C.-based Interface Media Group and Garrett Park Films to create a program whose “pacing is a bit slower, shot almost like a movie, with a richness and depth to it.

“Think of it as four acts,” he said. “The first three are me in the field, meeting and working with growers, makers, producers of good food. The fourth act is me in the kitchen putting everything together for a meal.”

MacPherson said the first hurdle — getting PBS to say “yes” — will now be followed by the search for a full complement of sponsors and investors.

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Former Rappahannock News editor Roger Piantadosi is a writer and works on web and video projects for Rappahannock Media and his own Synergist Media company. Before joining the News in 2009, he was a staff writer, editor and web developer at The Washington Post for almost 30 years.