Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart

All right, so I definitely missed the step of telling you how we did in STORYHIVE voting, which I promised at the end of the last blog post. 

Good news! We won funding to make our web series pilot! And now it's made!

Part of the amazing Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart crew! Clockwise from left: Host Alexis Hillyard, Featured Guest Lynsae Moon, Producer/Director/DOP/Editor Andrea Beça, Lighting Director Jesse Nash, Production Assistant Mimi Kachope, Sound Operator Tyson Lenz, Second Camera Julia Grochowski, and Makeup Artist Corinne Simpson. Photo by Nanc Price.

Part of the amazing Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart crew! Clockwise from left: Host Alexis Hillyard, Featured Guest Lynsae Moon, Producer/Director/DOP/Editor Andrea Beça, Lighting Director Jesse Nash, Production Assistant Mimi Kachope, Sound Operator Tyson Lenz, Second Camera Julia Grochowski, and Makeup Artist Corinne Simpson. Photo by Nanc Price.

Well, mostly made, anyway!

Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart has been shot and is now in post-production. The rough cut is complete and I'm pushing into the next steps of editing - really focusing the story in, planning motion graphics and voiceover, etc. I am honestly thrilled with how it's looking so far, and beyond excited for what it's going to look like when it's complete! 

Can't remember what the web series is about? Let me tell you about it again!

Photo by Andrea Beça.

Photo by Andrea Beça.

A lightbulb went off for me when I interviewed Alexis Hillyard, creator of the YouTube show Stump Kitchen, for my podcast, That's So Maven! One of the things that struck me as I spoke with Alexis was how cooking really helped her through periods of depression and how much joy Stump Kitchen brings her. That joy is evident when you watch the show, and it's infectious, too. I realized that throughout the course of my life, I've heard many chefs talk about cooking as a healing tool in their lives and instantly became curious about the Edmonton food community. 

I thought it would be really cool to interview five food industry professionals to learn about their "why," and how they create and nurture community through the work they do. And then I wanted to get them into the kitchen with Alexis to connect, teach, and learn. 

Alexis and Lynsae Moon, co-owner of The Nook Cafe and featured guest on the pilot episode of Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart. Photo by Nanc Price.

Alexis and Lynsae Moon, co-owner of The Nook Cafe and featured guest on the pilot episode of Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart. Photo by Nanc Price.

And that's not where the journey ends, either. Each featured guest on the web series brings with them what we call their "heart ingredient" - the ingredient that they feel is at the heart, or is the driving force, of their passion for cooking and food. It plays an important role in their cooking segment with Alexis, but it also moves forward with her from episode to episode. 

In the final episode of the web series, Alexis will share her story, and then take all of those heart ingredients and use them in the development of her first full dinner menu - an exciting step in her journey as a home chef. (And all of us on set, who will get to taste everything...)

Alexis in the hot seat on set. Photo by Nanc Price.

Alexis in the hot seat on set. Photo by Nanc Price.

Episode 1 takes us to The Nook Cafe, where we meet co-owner Lynsae Moon, before inviting her into Alexis' kitchen to make a delicious toast feast. Why toast? You'll have to wait to find out when you watch the show! I will say this: Lynsae had some incredible stories to share with us. I can't wait for you to hear them.

Lynsae at work at The Nook. Photo by Nanc Price.

Lynsae at work at The Nook. Photo by Nanc Price.

In addition to Lynsae, we already have a few amazing professionals from the Edmonton food community signed up to be part of future episodes, including Kasim Kasim of Padmanadi, Chef Steve Brochu or Chartier, and the Naidoo family, owners of Narayanni's

Kasim Kasim. Photo by Nanc Price.

Kasim Kasim. Photo by Nanc Price.

Chef Steve Brochu and Alexis at Chartier. Photo by Ebony Bird Photography.

Chef Steve Brochu and Alexis at Chartier. Photo by Ebony Bird Photography.

Selva Naidoo showing us how it's done at Narayanni's. Photo by Ebony Bird Photography.

Selva Naidoo showing us how it's done at Narayanni's. Photo by Ebony Bird Photography.

I know what you're thinking. Or what I hope you're thinking...

How can you watch this fantastic new web series? I'm so glad you asked!

Our pilot episode will be live at STORYHIVE.com at the beginning of February. And in order to make the rest of the episodes a reality, we'll need your help. But don't worry, it's easy help to give! When the pilot goes live, we need you to watch it, share it, and vote for it every day for a week. If we can gather enough community support, we could win funding to produce the rest of the series.

For today, though, all I hope is that you're as excited about this web series as I am. It's moving, thought-provoking, and incredibly inspiring, and I can't wait to share it with you. 

It's a lot of fun, too... Photo by Nanc Price.

It's a lot of fun, too... Photo by Nanc Price.

When the time comes to vote, I'll be right here to let you know.

Now, time to get back to my editing suite!

Stay tuned for Stump Kitchen: Cooking For the Heart.

Until then, 

A.

 

Andrea Beça