The Food Network show “Rachel’s Vacation” visited several Orcas Island locations during Aug 1 through 5 for a show to air during the upcoming 2008-2009 television season.
According to the San Juan Islands Visitors Bureau, the Orcas Island filming took place at downtown Eastsound, the Farmer’s Market, Roses Bakery and Café, Anthony Howe Sculptures and the Inn at Ship Bay.
Rose’s Bakery and Cafe Owner John Trumbull said, “Her crew filmed lunch at Roses. They told me that when they are going to a new place, they ask people in the food world where they should visit and that’s how they heard about us. They asked us to select something and I thought a chowder might be fun, so they filmed us making our Provencal Fish Soup with halibut and mussels. They filmed a number of other dishes they called ‘food beauties’ including our house-made pastrami and sauerkraut sandwich on rye, tomato basil pizza, the Coffelt’s Farm lamb stew with artichoke and black olives and our ice cream sandwich made with frozen chocolate cake and house-made cinnamon ice cream. They also interviewed some of our guests.”
Geddes Martin, chef and owner of the Inn at Ship Bay Restaurant said, “They did most of the filming the day before she came. I made our local Lummi Island Sockeye dish for them. They were very specific about asking about the ingredients. Rachel Ray came the next day and filmed for about an hour. She and her husband ordered a couple of entrees – the bouilibase and the summer vegetable pappardelle. The crew filmed in the green house, garden and dining room.”
Television chef and author Rachael Ray launched her Food Network prime-time series “Rachel’s Vacation” in January 2007. Each episode includes tips on where to vacation, the best markets and museums, and local bookstores and house-ware shops.The Orcas episode will air sometime this fall.