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Jan 17

Food, Arts TV Show Selects McKinney for Filming Event

Posted on January 17, 2019 at 12:29 PM by Beth Shumate

McKinneyPosterTabWhat do you get when you pair delicious, locally-sourced food with a "cocoon" of fine art by acclaimed local artists, then add the opportunity to participate in filming for a television project?

The result is a five-night series of events, "A Night of Artists and Chefs," taking place in downtown McKinney from January 30 to February 2, 2019. (The previously scheduled Feb. 3 night has been canceled due to the Super Bowl being on.)

Focusing on smaller communities across the U.S. with vibrant art and food scenes, each episode will feature a group of local artists who will transform an event space into an “art cocoon” that envelopes guests in a unique work of art. A group of local chefs will create a sumptuous meal with paired wines that complement the room.

Los Angeles-based producer, Scott Browning, chose McKinney as one of only three American cities to be showcased in new TV series pilot project. The almost week-long event will take place at Gather in Downtown McKinney at 207 E. Virginia.

“I chose McKinney for a number of reasons,” says producer Scott Browning. “Its historic downtown is picture perfect and the artists and chefs that work here are amazingly talented.”

The McKinney chefs chosen to participate are Aaron Thomas of Éclair Bistro, Jason Ferraro of Sugarbacon/Butcherboard, and Taylor Rause of Rye. The team of local artists who will transform Gather is being led by Anne Royer, founder of the COVE arts cooperative. Her team includes Kim Guthrie, Melissa Patrello, Barbara Mason, James Mason, Teresa Krieger, and Leo Malboeuf.

The production has also selected three high school interns who will capture footage of “their McKinney” to be included in the episode. They are Jordan Gros, Ally Tauber, and Karsyn Gorman. Local charity Community Lifeline Center will also be featured in the episode “to salute the many generous people who do vital work to help their communities,” says producer Browning.

Each night serves as a separate event, running from 7-10 p.m. Camera crews will be capturing the event on video and asking each night's guests for opinions and impressions.

Tickets are on sale now at, with early bird discounts available while supplies last. The Art & Food Lovers Package ticket ($125) can be discounted $10 when using the code of early10 at check-out. The Collectors and Gourmets Package premium ticket regularly ($175) can be discounted $25 off when using code early25 at check-out.