‘daytrip­per’ team film­ing new food show

Austin American-Statesman - - FOOD & LIFE -

No mat­ter how much his­tory, ge­og­ra­phy or cul­ture Chet Gar­ner packs into each episode of his award-win­ning Texas travel show “The Daytrip­per,” the ma­jor­ity of ques­tions from view­ers have to do with one thing: food.

It’s a good thing Gar­ner and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer An­drew Ram­sammy know how to take a hint.

The team mem­bers have been work­ing for sev­eral months on a new food show called “Foodfinder TX” that they hope will pre­miere next year.

With four spon­sors al­ready se­cured and in­ter­est from a num­ber of PBS sta­tions through­out the state, they started shoot­ing the pi­lot episode, which will cover Texas beer, last week with in­ter­views at Black Star Co-op in Austin and Saint Arnold Brew­ing Com­pany, Un­der­belly and Kar- bach Brew­ing in Hous­ton.

Ram­sammy, en route to Hous­ton’s famed beer can house with the Austin-based crew, said a food show was a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion for the pro­duc­tion team, which has won a hand­ful of Lone Star Em­mys in re­cent years for “The Daytrip­per,” which started in 2009 and is in its fourth sea­son.

“We want to show the di­ver­sity that Texas has to of­fer when it comes to food,” he said. “It’s easy just to go to a restau­rant, but (this show) is a chance to ex­pand view­ers’ ap­petites for what they can con­sume out and about and what they can ex­per­i­ment with at home.”

Ram­sammy says the goal is to have five episodes fin­ished within the next few months so they can launch the show some­time in 2013.

“The Daytrip­per” ap­pears on all 12 PBS sta­tions in Texas. To fol­low their progress, you can fol­low them @food find­erTX.

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