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‘Real Food Real Kitchens’ event to be held at Sundial

By Staff | Dec 16, 2015

A special event will be held next month at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa featuring food, screening of two new television episodes and a book signing.

Last year, Craig Chapman, OEG Media owner and producer of “Real Food Real Kitchens” television show, taped two new episodes of the show during a special event held at Sundial Beach Resort & Spa. Due to its success, the special event will be held again Sunday, Jan. 10 with the doors opening at 2 p.m.

“I came in and screened two new episodes of the show,” he said. “I did a question and answer with the audience and everyone after that went upstairs to a tasting. Everyone got a sample of the different recipes featured in the episodes.”

Chapman began his Hulu show “Real Food Real Kitchens,” which is about family, food, culture and history, in 2010. Every episode showcases a mini documentary of an every day person who shows an enthusiasm of food and has a traditional family recipe to share. After the background is provided, the dish is prepared in the individual’s kitchen.

The goal of the show, he said is to preserve family dishes and the stories that are behind them.

“I think the real heart of the show is that people are sharing a real emotional, honest story,” Chapman said.

This year, specialty cocktails will be available at the bar from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., followed by the taping of two new episodes and a question and answer session from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The screenings include families preparing roasted chicken with vegetables and fried green tomatoes, triggerfish chowder and strawberry shortcake.

A tasting reception will follow from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The recipes prepared during the episodes will be recreated by Criss Menassa, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa executive chef for attendees to taste. In addition, Pinocchio’s Original Italian Ice Cream, Point Ybel Brewing Company, Wicked Dolphin Rum Distillery and Lakeridge Winery will have tastings as well.

“It’s sort of my first step into a food festival,” Chapman said, adding that he would love to put on a weekend food festival in the future.

Chapman is also the author of “Real Food Real Kitchens New York: A Generational Cookbook.” The cookbook is a behind-the-scenes portrayal of kitchens representing cultures in such places as Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Haiti, Poland, Guyana, Italy, China and America.

Autographed copies of his cookbook will be available during the event for $22.

Tickets for the event are $35 and can be purchased by visiting sundial.brownpapertickets.com. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to the Harry Chapin Food Bank.

There are 250 tickets available for the special event.

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