Personal food experience tales sought by TV show

Television producer and BoingBoing buddy Ingrid Escajeda says,

I'm producing a series of short spots for the Food Network called "The Power of Food". They're basically little 60-second mini-documentaries that tell the story of real people whose lives were changed by food. They can be funny, touching, or both. For instance:

  • How being part of cooperative garden in the middle of the inner city changed a kid's perspective on his future
  • Someone trying to track down a certain ingredient met a future spouse in the one store they found the ingredient in.
  • A woman quit her job to go home and take care of her cancer-stricken mother. She started researching nutritional treatments and ended up starting an organic farm business.

I'm pretty much looking for anything with a strong, tangible hook, where food has really affected someone's life. They need to be more than just "I love food, therefore I became a chef or opened a bakery" (even though that's a great thing). They can be located anywhere within the U.S. If the story is chosen by the network, we'd go out and film the person telling their story, as well as any relevant things and places, i.e that person in the garden or kitchen, old photographs, etc. People MUST submit their stories through the website, but if they have any questions, they can email me at

Link to submission form at FoodTV website. Oh, hey, if you are a robot, you might want to submit a testimonial about eating Earth-children.

Image: a lovely macro shot of some peanuts, by photographer Di in Switzerland.

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