From the farm to the fork to tv: Former information persona presents core merchandise within the new cooking section | Bakersfield life
It’s no secret that Kern County is the world’s grocery basket. The second largest agricultural district in the country with a harvest value of almost 7.47 billion US dollars is a veritable cornucopia of products. And now its diversity is finally the source of a local weekly television cooking segment that highlights seasonal crops and the farmers and ranchers behind them.
Former KBAK news anchor Ally Triolo, now a district employee at the Department of Human Services, presents “Farm to Fork with Ally Triolo” on KGET-TV’s “Studio 17 Live” lifestyle show, a half-hour weekday program by Vanessa Dillon is moderated.
The Friday Sections are an extension of the 25 year old Triolo passion project blog Happy, Healthy, Wholesome. When the broadcaster invited her to the show, she said it felt like a natural seizure.
“My father is a farmer and I’m getting married into a farming family,” said Triolo. “It is a great success to know how to harvest raw materials from seed to plate. I appreciate the food that is harvested in our garden. “
The segment would not have been possible without KGET’s newly unveiled, sleek and ultra-modern kitchen studio. It’s not the first on the market. 35 years ago, KERO-TV23 shared recipes from a small, mobile kitchen set with its viewers at lunchtime. But KGET complements the station’s recent modern overhaul of the other equipment.
“The studio kitchen is an idea I’ve had for years to serve our Sunrise News audience,” said Derek Jeffery, vice president and general manager for the station. “The majority of our morning news viewers are women, mothers, and with the explosion of cookery content on TV, it was a perfect match.”
Set sponsor Adventist Health built the kitchen. “The content of ‘Sunrise’ and ‘Studio 17 Live’ fits in perfectly with our advocacy of healthy eating and our mission to be a healthier community,” added Jefferey. Every Friday, Triolo shares healthy, delicious, and simple recipes using locally grown, seasonal produce, and gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what is being harvested here.
Triolo has partnered with the Kern County Farm Bureau which links them with breeders.
“I’m so grateful that the Farm Bureau had a table and schedule for the harvest by November,” said Triolo, who writes, edits, and tests recipes from home. The weekly segment content is also shared on their website. “I’m glad my episodes can help show all that our breeders and ranchers are doing and shed a positive light on the local Ag industry,” she added.
In a recently published segment, grape specialties from the world-famous The Grapery were presented.
“Ally balanced the production process with the uniqueness of Grapery,” said Jack Pandol, Grapery founder and third-generation Californian winemaker. “We’re all about taste, which she presented in an easy and entertaining way. Ally’s Segment is a great way to connect with our local fans by bringing them into the field to understand the grapery ALL NATURAL WOW! “
The “Farm to Fork” segments are broadcast every Friday during the KGET “Studio 17 Live” weekday at 12:30 pm. You can also read previous episodes on kget.com and the Triolo website www.farmtoforkbyallytriolo.com.
The opinions expressed in this column are those of Lisa Kimble.