Chefs Vivian Howard and BJ Dennis discuss the knowledge of growing rice brought to South Carolina by enslaved Africans. | Courtesy of Somewhere South

Somewhere South airs on local PBS channels, starting March 27

Renowned North Carolina-based chef Vivian Howard will be back on PBS screens tomorrow night, Friday, March 27, at 9 p.m. EST. Howard’s previous PBS endeavor was A Chef’s Life, and now she continues to explore regional cuisine with Somewhere South.

“I wanted to make this show because on A Chef’s Life we told a more narrow story of the the landscape of Southern food,” Howard tells Eater. “I wanted to make Somewhere South to share a broader story about the ever-changing face of Southern food.”

She says, “No matter where we come from or what our backgrounds are, we bring our food traditions with us, which shapes where we land, but where we land also shapes our food traditions.”

Each episode focuses on the connections between a dish and the ways different people interpret those dishes as well as exploring the histories and identities of the region. For example, the first episode explores hand pies, originally a lunch for coal miners, but can now be found in varying iterations, from applejacks to pepperoni rolls to empanadas.

In a previous interview, Howard told Eater, “The home kitchens I learn in, the stories I hear people share, the food I watch them make — it has lit a fresh fire under me. I’m excited that, as Southerners, we can tell these complex stories through food and culture, and not shy away from our past or present.”

Check out a preview here, before the official airing on local PBS channels tomorrow night.

In addition to these TV projects, Howard also owns and operates three North Carolina restaurants with her husband Ben: Chef and the Farmer and The Boiler Room in Kinston, and Benny’s Big Time Pizzeria in Wilmington. She also has two planned for Charleston soon.

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