A film crew will be visiting a local restaurant next week, getting footage for an upcoming episode of a program on the Travel Channel.
“Food Paradise” is the name of the show, and the filming is expected to take place during the midday lunch rush at the popular restaurant.
According to the Travel Channel’s Web site, “Food Paradise” focuses on culinary attractions that sometimes outshine other tourist attractions at destination spots.
The page for “Food Paradise” explains the basics of the show: “Since fantastic food can be more important to many travelers than museums, hotels or souvenirs, we’ve compiled all the must-see food spots across the country that offer unique dining experiences. We’re serving up hefty plates of the country’s tastiest, most mouth-watering and decadent meals. We’re talking lip-smacking pizza, tasty deli entrees, boatloads of bacon, fresh seafood, finger-licking deep fried dishes … and that’s only the beginning! So, bring your appetite and your stretchy pants as we dive into a healthy portion of Food Paradise!”
Wabash BBQ, located at 646 S. Kansas City Avenue, has won awards for its food in the past and each summer, traffic at the restaurant increases even more with the Blues Garden concert series, which welcomes local, regional and national musical acts to an outdoor stage several Saturday nights each month.
The restaurant itself is a kind of destination for barbecue fans around the Kansas City area, many of whom travel significant distances to visit.
Mitch Dickey, who owns the business with Cheri McCullough, says they are still busy filling up the concert calendar for this year, stating that he schedules the traveling musical acts first, then fills in the rest of the dates with bands and musicians that are based in the Kansas City area or even right in and around Excelsior Springs. He has already secured the concert for opening weekend on May 17—the first Blues Garden performer for 2014 will be Chicago blues musician Nick Moss, who has been recording since 2000 and has played alongside Buddy Scott, Jimmy Dawkins, Jimmy Rogers and The Legendary Blues Band. He has also fronted his own group, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops.
There’s no word yet on when the Travel Channel will air the episode of “Food Paradise” featuring Wabash BBQ; when The Standard learns more, we’ll share that information with readers.
By Eric Copeland • firstname.lastname@example.org