~ Virginia chefs and bakers from Pakalachian Food Truck, FoodE, and Red Truck Bakery featured in culinary focused episodes ~
RICHMOND – Today, the Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) released the second season of its popular video web series My Home Virginia, that will air on the agency’s website and YouTube channel.
Episodes for Season 2 will focus on a different Virginia chef or baker that calls the Commonwealth home including a culinary duo hailing from separate continents that combined their native cuisines into a unique food truck experience in Southwest Virginia; a chef who cooked in kitchens across the country and now serves up her spin on Southern classics in Fredericksburg; and an executive-turned-baker who bought a classic truck and started a new career in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, gaining a former U.S. President’s attention.
My Home Virginia is a narrative-driven video series that follows prominent Virginia-based personalities to the beautiful places they love and are inspired to call home, no matter how far across the world their travels may take them. Each episode captures an individual’s passion through beautiful visuals that inspire, uplift, and evoke feelings of awe. Season 1 of My Home Virginia featured award-winning photographer and filmmaker Trevor Frost as he traveled through some of his favorite Virginia destinations for discovering the beauty of the Great Outdoors including Great Dismal Swamp, False Cape State Park, Grayson Highlands State Park, and the James River.
My Home Virginia Episodes for Season 2
Episode 1: Katlin & Mohsin Kazmi of The Pakalachian
Serving the community of Abingdon from their on-the-go food truck, The Pakalachian, Katlin and Mohsin Kazmi combine two world-apart cuisines to create bold, contemporary flavors. Mohsin brings his Pakistani influence, while Katlin’s Appalachian background reflects a bit of the familiar for the diners of Abingdon. Believing that an equal combination of their cultures will create something much larger than the sum of its parts, Katlin and Mohsin Kazmi have introduced a new dining experience for visitors in Southwest Virginia looking to taste the best of the region.
Episode 2: Chef Joy Crump of FoodE
Chef Joy Crump believes that cooking is a team sport, and every aspect of her Fredericksburg restaurant, FoodE, adheres to this mantra. Ingredients are sourced from local farmers and purveyors whenever possible, the staff at FoodE seamlessly work together to create an impeccable dining experience where patrons return again and again to sample Chef Crump’s creations. After making a name for herself on Food Network’s “Top Chef,” Chef Crump brought the heat back to her Fredericksburg kitchen and continues her efforts of collaboration, elevating the area’s dining scene as she goes.
Episode 3: Brian Noyes of Red Truck Bakery
Brian Noyes had his first taste of Virginia cooking when he was just a child, learning traditional Appalachian recipes from his grandmother. But it wasn’t until late in his career at Smithsonian Magazine that Brian began to consider returning to his homegrown culinary roots. Retiring to the countryside, he realized his culinary dreams with the opening of Red Truck Bakery in Warrenton–named for the classic red truck that Noyes purchased from internationally-renowned designer Tommy Hilfiger–and a second location in the small town of Marshall. Brian has earned raved reviews from many notable publications, including Southern Living, The New York Times, and even former United States President Barack Obama, but it’s his contribution to revitalizing these quaint Virginia towns that Brian Noyes feels most proud.
My Home Virginia is a part of VTC’s overall marketing efforts to promote the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination. Season 3, which is currently in production, will focus on members of Virginia’s sports community and will launch Spring 2024.
To watch all episodes of My Home Virginia or for more information, visit virginia.org/MyHomeVirginia.
About Virginia Tourism Corporation
Virginia is for Lovers is one of the most iconic and recognizable travel brands in the world. Using that powerful brand equity, Virginia Tourism Corporation (VTC) is charged with promoting the Commonwealth as a premier travel destination by showcasing all there is to love in a Virginia vacation. The dollars spent by travelers fuel the economy, provide jobs for Virginians, and improve communities across the state. Simply put, tourism helps make Virginia a great place to live, work, and visit. Learn more at virginia.org.