Two of New England’s most iconic brands, Yankee magazine and public media powerhouse WGBH, announced today that they have teamed up to produce Weekends With Yankee, a new travel and lifestyle series named for the long-running publication enjoyed by readers across America for more than 80 years.
With New England among the nation’s top tourist destinations, the documentary series will take viewers on an insider’s exploration from city to countryside and far-flung places in New England.Filming begins this month on 13 weekly half-hour episodes slated to premiere nationally on public television stations in April 2017.
Viewers will be guided through New England by Emmy Award-winning TV travel host,explorer and author Richard Wiese. The series will tap into Yankee’s insider secrets and behind-the-scenes access to the unique attractions that define the region, and the hidden New Englandthat only locals know. Wiese will be joined in his travels by Yankee’s Senior Food Editor, AmyTraverso, who will share the recipes, local flavors and sense of community that make up thefabric of the region’s food and dining scene.
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The End Of The Line
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese meets up with dune tour guide Rob Costa in Provincetown, Massachusetts, for an off-road ramble through Cape Cod National Seashore, taking in the magnificent views and stopping to visit one of the famous artists’ cottages there. Next, they travel down to Rhode Island and out onto Narragansett Bay to hear the story of the Rose Island Lighthouse, which has been keeping watch over those waters for more than a century. For the last stop, they board a ferry to the Maine island of North Haven, a place so beautiful the locals call it “North Heaven.” There, they discover a coastal farm like no other, and bring some of its bounty back to the kitchen of Nebo Lodge, an inn and restaurant that draws guests from around the world. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso cooks up a cobbler made with real Maine blueberries.
Into The Wild
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese ventures into the wild. First, he boards a small boat off Chatham, Massachusetts, to accompany one of the leading researchers tracking the growing number of great white sharks along the Atlantic coast. From there, he heads to a remote corner of inland Maine to visit The Lost Kitchen, one of the most sought-after dinner reservations in the country. Finally, it’s off to the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont, where he goes flying up and down the mountain biking trails of Burke Mountain, taking in stunning scenery at every turn. In the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso creates a delicious graham cracker pie using a recipe from The Lost Kitchen chef-owner Erin French.
Small Is Beautiful
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese finds proof that in New England, small is beautiful. Richard kicks things off with an outing to a Connecticut Tigers baseball game, where he meets fans who cheer on their minor-league heroes with big-league fervor. Next, he travels up the coast of Maine in search of the ultimate lobster roll, which leads to an idyllic cove in South Thomaston and a classic little shack called McLoons. To round things out, he hikes into the Ossipee Mountains to discover Castle in the Clouds, a hidden gem nestled high above New Hampshire’s famed Lakes Region. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso shares a fresh take on lobster chowder featuring saffron, tomatoes, and bacon.
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese travels to Massachusetts to experience the unique and incredibly colorful tradition of cranberry harvesting, which the Gilmore family of South Carver has been doing for generations. Then bring your appetites as Richard heads to Portland, Maine, where he takes the viewer inside some of his favorite restaurants in this food lover’s paradise. Last but not least, he goes off the beaten path in Vermont to explore Greensboro, which Yankeemagazine editors call “the best little food town in New England,” and visit a cult brewer and a cheese maker that rank among America’s best. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso spins out an ale and cheddar cheese dip that makes the most of these classic Vermont ingredients.
New England is filled with hidden gems, and this week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese highlights a few favorites. First up is Boston’s legendary Fenway Park and its Green Monster—both are well known, but behind the Green Monster he also finds a tucked-away garden that provides fresh vegetables to food vendors throughout Fenway. Next, Richard journeys to Chebeague Island, off the coast of southern Maine, to visit a decades-old, family-run inn and harvest oysters straight from the waters of Casco Bay. Finally, learn why glamping is all the rage with a look at the brand-new Sandy Pines Resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, where we feast on gourmet s’mores by the campfire. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso takes inspiration from those same decadent s’mores to create a uniquely delicious chocolate tart.
Labors Of Love
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese hikes New Hampshire’s White Mountains in the company of the “hut croos,” young men and women who pack food and supplies up steep trails to the famed rustic lodges along the Appalachian Trail. From there it’s over to Grafton, Vermont, a quintessential New England village of covered bridges, white picket fences, and maple trees. There to get to know the pride of the town—its cheeses—by learning how cheddar is made at the Grafton Village Cheese Company. Then the team jogs north to taste some of the most sought-after bread in New England, made from local wheat that’s milled on-site at Elmore Mountain Bread in Wolcott, Vermont. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso whips up some Vermont cheese gougères, an inspired starter for any meal.
By The Shore
This week on Weekends with Yankee,c-host Richard Wiese spends an idyllic summer day on the shores of Cape Cod and stop in at the Chatham Bars Inn, named a 2017 YankeeEditors’ Pick as “Best Family Lodging” in the state. There, he experiencse the ultimate farm-to-table dinner, featuring local seafood and an array of vegetables just picked from the hotel’s own farm. Then Richard heads to Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay for a surfing lesson, and learns why there’s such surprisingly good wave action in New England. Lastly, it’s into the woods to forage mushrooms with chef Evan Mallett, multiple James Beard Award semifinalist for Best Chef in the Northeast and co-owner of the Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso cooks up the ideal brunch dish: mushroom toasts with fried eggs and herbs.
Past And Present
This week on Weekends with Yankee, the series explores how New England’s past continues to shape its present. First, co-host Richard Wiese takes a tasty trip back in time at Scott Farm Orchard in Dummerston, Vermont, which grows more than 100 apple varieties, some of which date back to the 1600s. Next, he swings through New Hampshire and finds that old-school farming techniques are very much alive at Coppal House Farm, where much of the equipment is still powered by draft horses. For the finale, Richard hops aboard the historic windjammer J&E Riggin, a two-masted schooner built in 1927 that still sails along the Maine coast. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso takes inspiration from the orchard visit to make some delectable apple cider doughnut muffins.
Best Of New England
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese sees the very best of New England. The journey begins in Hanover, New Hampshire, which Yankeemagazine editors say “might just be the best college town of all.” Then it’s south to Rhode Island, where Richard strolls through The Elms, one of the most breathtaking of Newport’s Gilded Age mansions. Finally, he heads to Martha’s Vineyard, off the coast of Massachusetts, for some of the most succulent sea scallops in the world. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso shows how to pull off a terrific, easy-to-make baked scallop dish.
Flora And Fauna
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese spotlights the flora and fauna of New England. Starting things off is a visit to Vermont’s Shelburne Farms, a historic property on the shores of Lake Champlain where teams of farmers and food artisans raise brown Swiss cows and makes delicious cheeses from their milk. Next, he travels to New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee to connect with top Boston chef Brendan Pelley, who shares the story of how growing up at his family’s cabin there shaped his cooking style—which he demonstrates with some delicious lake trout prepared over a campfire. Then it’s off to Connecticut, where Richard casts for trout with James Prosek, a fisherman, artist, and author who celebrates the beauty of this revered fish in his work. Back in the Test Kitchen, cohost and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso makes a simple but elegant orzo salad with smoked trout.
Shores And Shellfish
This week on Weekends with Yankee, co-host Richard Wiese cruises around New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the Sophie C, the oldest floating post office in the United States. From there, he makes tracks to Rockport, Maine, where lobsterman and photographer Joel Woods gives a view of deep-sea fishing that few people ever get to see. Closing things out is a jaunt to the rocky coast just outside Acadia National Park to experience a genuine Maine clambake with three of Portland, Maine’s hottest chefs. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso brings the clambake home as she creates a stove-top version of this classic New England meal.
Fall Foliage F
This week on Weekends with Yankee, the series celebrate the ultimate New England season, autumn, in all its multicolored glory. First, co-host Richard Wiese hikes up to Holt’s Ledge in Hanover, New Hampshire, and gets a fall color tutorial from photographer Jim Salge, the resident foliage expert for NewEngland.com. Next, he heads to Vermont for an autumn visit with goat farmer and cheese maker Allison Hooper, whose Vermont Creamery has helped put New England cheeses in the national spotlight. Finally, the editor of Yankeemagazine, Mel Allen, takes a tour of New Hampshire’s Kancamagus Highway and shares some of his favorite out-of-the-way vistas on one of America’s most scenic highways. Back in the Test Kitchen, co-host and Yankeesenior food editor Amy Traverso makes a beautiful summer salad with goat cheese and cherries.
Winter In New England
This week on Weekends with Yankee, the series explore New England in wintertime, a season of snowy adventures and breathtaking beauty. Co-host Richard Wiese starts off with a visit to historic Lexington, Massachusetts, the town where the first shots of the Revolutionary War forever changed the course of this country. While there, he cooks up a New England artisan dinner with chef Stacy Cogswell at the Inn at Hastings Park, and puts a spotlight on some of the regional designers and food makers who represent New England craftsmanship and entrepreneurial spirit. Next, it’s up north to Nestlenook Farm in Jackson, New Hampshire, for a journey back to the winters of yesteryear on a horse-drawn sleigh. And with the holiday season in mind, the hosts wrap up with some suggestions for great New England food gifts that can be made quickly and easily in the kitchen.