"Food for Thought" -- Featured on the Newest Episode of CPTV's All Things Connecticut Airing May 14 at 8 p.m.

Release Date: 05/07/2009

HARTFORD, Conn. – Oliver Wendell Holmes once said, “The mind, once expanded to the dimensions of larger ideas, never returns to its original size.” On Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m., CPTV’s All Things Connecticut takes Holmes’ comments to heart in the fourth installment of the new series’ eight-week run. In “Food for Thought,” host Diane Smith and contributing reporters Ed Wierzbicki, Eric Clemons and Christina DeFranco, along with videographer Mike Dunphy, highlight some of the state’s people, places and ideas that exemplify how food can both stimulate the senses and inspire great thought.

All Things Connecticut airs on CPTV on Thursdays at 8 p.m., with rebroadcasts on Mondays at 11 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Each episode—made possible with support from People’s United Bank, the Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism and Comcast—features five segments: Treading Lightly, Spotlight on the Arts, Inside Out, Positively Connecticut™ and Capturing Connecticut.

In this week’s Treading Lightly segment, Christina DeFranco interviews Avon resident Terry Walters, a champion of “eating locally,” who started giving tours at health food stores and teaching cooking classes in her home. Terry has written and self-published a cookbook called Clean Food, which includes recipes that are both nourishing and seasonal, and next fall Clean Food will be re-released by a major publisher that hopes to spread Clean Food’s message across the nation. 

In the Spotlight on the Arts segment, Ed Wierzbicki looks at another side of the food experience as he explores the aesthetics of pottery. For many people, cooking a special meal is an improvisation—they prefer to “dabble” rather than strictly adhere to a recipe. Ed discovers that the plates, platters and mugs that are used to present the most creative foods and beverages are sometimes made in a similarly improvisational manner. 

The Inside Out segment features the New Britain Chess Club, which has been meeting for over 50 years. The chess club is one of the largest and strongest in the Northeast, and Eric Clemons learns more about the game and what keeps the club’s devotees coming back for more “thoughtful play.” 

The exploration of New Britain continues in the Positively Connecticut™ segment. Since 1904, “Always Ask for Avery’s” has been the motto of Avery’s Beverages, one of Connecticut’s oldest surviving bottling companies. Avery’s is known for old-time favorites like Lime Rickey and Birch Beer, but their new Totally Gross line appeals to the kid in everyone, with flavors like Bug Barf, Monster Mucous and Kitty Piddle. Plus, there’s Drink Pink, referred to by Avery’s as “the breast soda in town.” Part of the proceeds will help local women with breast cancer. Diane Smith visits the red barn on Corbin Avenue where Avery’s Beverages was opened by Sherman F. Avery over 100 years ago.

In the Capturing Connecticut segment, videographer Mike Dunphy’s photo essay called “Moonglow Diner,” shot in West Hartford and Wethersfield, is inspired by the iconic imagery of a Depression-era roadside diner in the film "Road to Perdition.” 

“People’s United Bank has been a part of Connecticut for 167 years, and we are pleased to support Connecticut Public Television’s All Things Connecticut hosted by Diane Smith for all of our friends and neighbors—as well as customers, of course—across this great state,” said Robert D’Amore, senior executive vice president, Retail and Small Business Banking Group of People’s United Bank. “The program will bring its viewers a mix of familiar sites and places, along with new discoveries, and we are pleased to have this opportunity to help others learn more about . . . All Things Connecticut.” 

“Comcast is proud to sponsor CPTV for the fourth consecutive year with programs hosted by Diane Smith and highlighting the people, places and culture that make the Nutmeg State unique,” said Michael Parker, Comcast area vice president for Connecticut. “In addition to meeting the entertainment, information and communications needs of Connecticut’s residents, we are committed to supporting programs such as All Things Connecticut that feature topics that are of interest to the local communities we serve.” 

Airdates and Times
All Things Connecticut airs Thursday, May 14 at 8 p.m.
(Rebroadcasts on Mondays at 11 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.)
For more information about All Things Connecticut, visit www.CPTV.org (Keywords: All Things Connecticut). 

About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN, www.CPBN.org). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women's Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes Where We Live and The Faith Middleton Show. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.CPTV.org and/or www.WNPR.org.
 

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