PBS TV Series, "Cooking in the Dark" - 6 episodes

$36,000 goal

Campaign created 6 months ago
Description of Project

Virtual Vanguard Productions is an independent production company that produces content for Rocky Mountain PBS, YouTube and other Social Media.   Our current project is a fantastic cooking/adventure show called, "Cooking in the Dark", hosted by Dr. Claudia Folska.  We are ready to take the show national and need the financial backing to do so.  This proposed third season from Virtual Vanguard Productions will be supported and aired by Rocky Mountain PBS and will include 6 episodes that are 30 minutes each.

The name of this project is “Cooking in the Dark – The President’s Kitchen Cabinet”.   The episodes will highlight six presidents and their respective chefs and cooks, including Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Taft, Truman, Eisenhower, and Johnson.
“Through Food, we get an authentic taste of our President’s personality”
This project is based on the work of James Beard Award- winning author Adrian Miller.  Miller vividly tells the stories of the African Americans who have worked in the presidential food service as chefs, personal cooks, butlers, stewards, and servers for every First Family since George and Martha Washington.  Miller brings together the names and words of more than 150 black men and women who played remarkable roles in unforgettable events in our nation’s history. This project is an educational television series intended to educate and entertain National PBS audiences of all ages. 

This new season, titled “Cooking in the Dark – The President’s Kitchen Cabinet,” originates in the established series currently televised on Rocky Mountain PBS titled, “Cooking in the Dark”, aired Saturdays at 9:30am.

To view previous episodes of Cooking in the Dark, please visit Rocky Mountain PBS at https://video.rmpbs.org/show/rmpbs-specials/  or find us on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and at our website, http://www.cookinginthedark.today.

 There are three segments in each episode. First, Dr. Folska visits a noted local chef who has agreed to enter her world and be blindfolded to experiment with recipes that include local and regional ingredients.   Then she visits an organic, family-owned farm or ranch to educate audiences about their local food producers.  In the final segment, she works with young people using the recipes to prepare a yummy meal at home.

Intended Goals and Outcomes

These funds will enable Cooking in the Dark to reach a broader, national audience.  “Cooking in the Dark – The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” will nurture a national discourse on issues of sustainability, ecology, local control and empowerment, cultural and culinary diversity, and voices of youth and disability.

Desired Impacts

Cooking in the Dark seeks to bridge the growing divide between rural and urban Americans by exploring the inherent connections between them.  Cooking in the Dark is a cooking show like no other, focusing on much more than food, including the viability of family-owned farms and ranches, the political economy of food, and challenges of food justice.   The name of the show refers not primarily to Dr. Folska’s own blindness but to the fact that most of us are also “cooking in the dark” if we do not know where our ingredients come from or how they were produced.


There are four phases to the production of this project:
Pre-Production Jan 15, 2019 to March 15, 2019
Field Production April 15, 2019 to June 15, 2019
Studio Production July 15, 2019 to Sept. 15, 2019
Post Production Sept 16, 2019 to Dec. 15, 2019
Ready for airing on PBS January 2020.


“Cooking in the Dark - The President’s Kitchen Cabinet” is aligned with the American public as it seeks to educate and enhance the audience, and especially our youths', knowledge of our American heritage with informative and entertaining disclosure of our presidents and their connection to the American people through food, the science of food, their leadership styles, and the advancement of the respective technologies that supported their chefs and food service staffs.

Detailed Budget available in .pdf format upon request.
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We are meeting with Rocky Mountain PBS to discuss the timeline and delivery dates set for next year. I am set to begin filming on March 15th of 2019. It would be nice to have some financial help but if not, fuck it, I'm making the series happen anyway. Who else can say they are made a television series all by themselves without ANY help. Me...
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$36,000 goal

Campaign created 6 months ago
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