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Somewhere South with Chef Vivian Howard

By Natalyn Klump

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The new culinary delights across the American South are the focus of a six-part series, Somewhere South, co-created and hosted by Vivian Howard, celebrity chef, author and restaurateur. Her previous show, A Chef’s Life, was an award-winning success and has been a signature program for SCETV. The ETV Endowment is proud to sponsor this new series, and SCETV is the co-presenting station.

“Shooting Somewhere South has made me look at what we call Southern food with a new set of spectacles,” Vivian explains. “I’m excited that, as Southerners, we can tell complex stories through food and culture and not shy away from our past or present.”

You’ll accompany Vivian to North Carolina where she samples the collard sandwich, a staple of Lumbee Indian cuisine. She also travels to West Virginia to taste the pepperoni roll, a regional convenience food made popular by coal miners. In Charleston, South Carolina, where rice is king, Vivian enjoys grits and rice middlins with respected Gullah chefs whose cuisine is the backbone of the city’s bustling food scene.

If you don’t have a clue how to make any of these dishes, all the more reason to tune in — with a note pad or laptop in hand.

Somewhere South premieres Friday, March 27 at 9 p.m. on SCETV.

"In today’s climate, any semblance of normalcy can offer a dose of relief and comfort. That is why, as we approach the launch of Somewhere South on PBS stations nationwide, we hope to offer our viewers a reason to celebrate and find kinship through the culinary traditions we all share."