WGBH News and Media Relations


April 2, 2013

WGBH Presents a Second Helping of Neighborhood Kitchens

Season two kicks off in Boston’s South End neighborhood?
with James Beard nominee Joanne Chang
Host Margarita Martínez tours Boston-area neighborhoods;
Series steps into Rhode Island for first time
BOSTON, Mass. (April 2, 2013) –WGBH-TV’s Neighborhood Kitchens, a local food, culture and travel show, returns for a second season of episodes to explore New England’s cultural diversity through food. The 13-episode culinary tour begins Saturday, April 13 at 4pm on WGBH 2 when host Margarita Martínez visits with Joanne Chang, chef and owner at Myers+Chang in Boston’s lively South End neighborhood.
“We are very excited to continue the culinary journey we stared in our first season,” said series producer Patricia Alvarado Núñez. “From across the region, this season’s neighborhood dining spots will offer a delicious range of world cuisines and the chefs who have been perfecting them.”
Neighborhood Kitchens brings viewers on an intimate tour of New England’s diverse communities and offers an up-close culinary lesson with some of the region’s most celebrated chefs. Margarita Martínez, a Providence-based actress and host and a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU, will return as host in season two.
“I can’t wait to take WGBH viewers on a trip across New England every Saturday afternoon,” Martínez said. “In this season of Neighborhood Kitchens, we’ll explore how New England celebrates the culinary traditions of Armenian, Mediterranean, Vietnamese, Indian, and Italian cultures, as well as Boston’s storied connection to the sea.”
Kicking things off on Saturday, April 13 is a visit to Boston’s South End and the pan-Asian kitchen of Myers+Chang, where chef and owner Joanne Chang teaches Margarita how to prepare the dumplings and scallion pancakes her mother made when she was growing up. Inspired, Margarita goes to nearby Chinatown to learn more. Chef Chang, recently nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Chef: New England, also takes Margarita on a special tour of one of her Flour Bakery kitchens and prepares Flour’s signature lemon and ginger mousse.
In May, Neighborhood Kitchens travels outside Massachusetts for the first time to visit Rhode Island, quickly becoming one of the East Coast’s top destinations for foodies. Other season two highlights include:
  • a medley of Armenian and Mediterranean dishes in Watertown;
  • a traditional Vietnamese menu in Dorchester’s Fields Corner neighborhood; and
  • a delightful Tuscan-Italian restaurant in West Medford.
Neighborhood Kitchensis produced by WGBH’s La Plaza unit, which has been producing Latino and multicultural programming for nearly 35 years. A companion website features an archive of full episodes, exclusive chef recipes, behind-the-scenes photos, in-depth chef profiles, and interactive boards for viewers to leave comments and recipes of their own. Stay connected to the series by liking Neighborhood Kitchens on Facebook or following the show on Twitter at @NKitchensWGBH.
The culinary tour premieres Saturday, April 13 at 4pm on WGBH 2. Viewers should check local listings for encore presentations on WGBH 2 and WGBH 44.
In advance of the season premiere, Martínez will join Joann Chang, host of WGBH’s Simply Ming, Ming Tsai, and Au Bon Pain Executive Chef Stefano Cordova for a day of healthy cooking demonstrations at the Boston Children’s Museum Family Fest celebration on Saturday, April 6.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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