About four months ago I got an email from a nice lady with a production company out of New York City. They were looking to film a show in the Missouri Ozarks and wanted some background from a local source – or localish, in my case. I followed up with Sally and we spent an hour or so on the phone, discussing the demographic, culinary and agricultural history of the Ozarks. You know the spiel: corn, hogs and Little Dixie. Anyway, at the end of our conversation I asked her what the show was called.
It’s a Travel Channel show called “No Reservations.”
Anyway, I tried to steer them to Newman Farm, Edwards Mill and a few other spots in southwest Missouri. I don’t think they took me up on any of it, but they did ask about “bloody bucket bars,” or something. Apparently these are temporary, rough-and-tumble bars that pop up in the Ozarks. Who knew? Also, did I know of any cool restaurants run out of trailers? Ummm.
The upshot is that while I know Tony will end tomorrow night’s Ozarks episode with a hopeful and optimistic homage, it’s also not going to beat around the bush. They shouldn’t. The region, like many in the state, suffers from substantial challenges – drugs, poverty, child abuse – but it’s as much a part of our state as the Arch, Harry S. Truman and laughing at Kansas. Still, it’s an Emmy-winning show I happen love, it’s set just a few hours south of here and squirrel and cammo seem to feature heavily. Whatever. The Missouri Tourism Board can find something else to watch; I’ll be glued to my set.
No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain
Monday, March 28
8:00 p.m. Central