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Friday, May 13, 2011

RV Cooking Show - 3 weeks, 13 interviews, 3150 meals for the hungry - Wraps Flying Flags Series Filming

After a whirlwind three weeks of exploring interesting, off-the-beaten track attractions, shops and eateries, interviewing 13 local luminaries and raising $450 (enough to purchase 3150 meals) for the Santa Barbara County Food Bank at two live events, we wrapped filming on the Food, Fun and Friends at Flying Flags series.

There is so much to see, do and taste in the Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez Wine Country. Flying Flags RV Resort manager Dan Baumann, his staff and Buellton Visitors Bureau executive director Kathy Vreeland were able to fill our days and nights collecting a treasure trove of neat travel information that not only we RVers will be excited to experience but those interested in the area will enjoy as well. In fact, the Gourmet Guests episode with Chef Giorgio of Trattoria Grappolo was filmed in and around a well-appointed park model cottage – perfect for travelers that want to enjoy a back-to-nature resort experience without having to bring an RV or tent. Even Chef Giorgio expressed interest in bringing his family to Flying Flags and staying in a park model cottage. We filmed in Cottage 1 – a nifty loft unit.

We hosted two live event evenings – something very different for us – on Friday and Saturday, April 29th and 30th and everyone really enjoyed themselves – especially me. Resident tri-tip barbeque master Richard Boucher delivered a tri-tip cooking demonstration, passed out tri-tip samples and took questions from the audience and Enjoy Cupcakes arrived with their restored vintage Shasta Travel Trailer, talked cupcakes and handed out 72 of their fabulous chocolate syrah specialties on Friday. Guests enjoyed a potluck dinner with friends new and old, made s’mores fireside and took in an alfresco movie on Saturday. Portions of these events will air in upcoming episodes.

During the live events sensational prizes donated by generous local merchants were raffled to several lucky winners. Flying Flags staff member and raffle-ticket-seller extraordinaire Terry Boucher, with assistance from the front desk staff, collected $450 – enough to allow the Santa Barbara County Food Bank to serve 3150 meals to those that might otherwise go hungry. Without the kindheartedness of the merchants and Flying Flags guests this would not have been possible. I think we all agree, no one should go hungry in this great country of ours. The outpouring of support for the food bank benefit touched my very soul – we got so much participation and applause for the cause again and again. Thanks to the fine folks at the resort and in the valley 3150 hot, nutritious meals will feed the hungry and that makes a real difference in so many lives. Congratulations to everyone who participated. We’ll have more on this in an upcoming post.

“This has been a terrific experience – both the live portion of the RV Cooking Show/Flying Flags series and the fun we had filming. All who participated are looking forward to watching the shows as they are released this summer. And I know RVers who have not had the pleasure of visiting our resort here in California’s Central Coast will appreciate the upcoming series showcasing our special slice of paradise,” said Baumann. By the way, Dan runs a fine resort and the pride beams not only from him but his staff as well. Many have been there 5, 8, plus years! Wow.

A complimentary e-cookbook containing recipes from the series is in the works. Subscribers to the Flying Flags e-newsletter and the RV Cooking Show e-updates will be notified as each episode of the Food, Fun and Friends at Flying Flags series is released as well as have access to the e-cookbook.

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Now comes the editing. With nearly 6 hours of ‘film’ we are sure to have something to tickle your fancy! Stay tuned.

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