Bakersfield’s Gregory Porter is cooking a new TV program

(KGET) – Two-time local Grammy winner Gregory Porter combines two things he loves – music and food – in the weekly cooking show, The Porter House with Gregory Porter, Presented by Citi. The first of the first six episodes of the series will be available from May 12th at 9:00 a.m. via streaming services on The Infatuation and Zagat YouTube channels.

In promotional materials for the new offering, Porter explains how he always felt there was a connection between music and food. Before taking a stage in Brooklyn, the award-winning singer, songwriter, and Blue Note recording artist was a chef at Bread-Stuy, his brother’s Brooklyn cafe.

“Writing songs and creating dishes has always inspired me. I like to prepare authentic food for authentic people, ”says Porter. He goes on to say that as the series progresses, he will share his favorite recipes and tell stories behind the culinary creations.

Porter kicks off the series with a beef borscht recipe from his wife Victoria. The dish became one of Porter’s favorites during a tour of Russia.

Porter calls Bakersfield at home but was born in Sacramento. After graduating from highland high school, he received a full scholarship to football from San Diego State University. An injury ended his days.

He switched to music when he moved to Brooklyn in 2004. There he spent his time between working as a cook and performing. Eventually his musical life took over when Porter began touring and recording albums. His latest album “All Rise” is out now.

The fact that his program is sponsored by Citi will result in a special event for the finals on June 17th. Citi Card members have the opportunity to attend an exclusive Citi Finale event that includes a special performance with Porter and his entire band, a moderated conversation with Gregory, and additional guest appearances. Those who wish to attend will need a special passcode to unlock the show.

The finale will be linked to a food donation at the House of Ruth, a ministry and soup kitchen. Citi has pledged an additional donation to No Kid Hungry to provide up to 100,000 meals for US families.

“We’re always looking for exciting ways to bring Citi customers access to exclusive talent and experience,” said Carla Hassan, Citi’s chief marketing officer, in a press release. “‘The PorterHouse with Gregory Porter’ enables us to do this while supporting No Kid Hungry in their battle against childhood hunger. An area where Citi aims to drive progress.”

You can find more information about the one-hour special event as well as recipes and cooking instructions here.

You can find more information about Porter on his website.

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New bosses named at Valley PBS

Jeff Aiello has been named interim chief executive officer and Nancy Borjas has been named chief operating officer of Valley PBS, the Fresno-based public television broadcaster that also serves Bakersfield. The announcement was made by the Board of Directors of Valley PBS.

The changes were necessary after Lorenzo Rios stepped down as Chief Executive Officer in April. Rios took over the position of interim CEO during this transition period, while the station looked at the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in the search for a new CEO.

“Donors, members and sponsors can be assured that Valley PBS is well positioned to accomplish our mission and do even more work in the days and months ahead,” said Karen Musson, chairman of the board, in a statement setting out the steps to be announced.

Aiello brings over 30 years of broadcast, production and management experience. His previous work has included writing / directing the Emmy Award winning documentary “Silent Sacrifice” for ValleyPBS and executive producer of “Outside Beyond the Lens” on PBS. He was also the creator and executive producer of “American Grown: My Job Depends On The Ag” for ValleyPBS.

He worked for the Walt Disney Company / ABC for 15 years, including two programs for the Live Well Network. The adventure / travel show “Motion” was on the air for five years and its food show “My Family Recipe Rocks,” hosted by former NSYNC member Joey Fatone, ran for three years.

Borjas has over 12 years of experience with Valley PBS in accounting, marketing, operations and programming.

Valley PBS has provided educational and entertainment programs to residents of the Central Valley since 1977. The broadcaster’s programming includes both productions provided by public television affiliation and locally produced programs.

The main PBS schedule can be viewed via KVPT-HD on channel 18.1. Valley PBS also offers 24-hour children’s programming on Channel 18.2, Create on Channel 18.3, and World on Channel 18.4.

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