JACKSON, Miss. – Season three of Palate to Palette premieres at 7 p.m. October 11 on MPB Television. During six new episodes, Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters will traverse three cities in northern Italy and share exquisite sights and scrumptious dishes. An encore presentation is set for 10:30 a.m. October 14.
The restaurateur/chef and watercolorist dedicate two episodes apiece to Venice, Bologna and Milan where at every turn food, art and culture collide during season three. Their tour of northern Italy features venues and cuisine distinct from Tuscany in season two.
“It’s completely and totally different almost to the extent that the Gulf Coast of Mississippi is different from the Delta. Italy has so many sections,” said St. John. “The constant is that Wyatt and I are in Italy.”
While in Venice, Waters paints gondolas in the rain and St. Mark’s Cathedral. He also learns more about his favorite artist, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). “He did his best work in Venice…so I got a chance to paint in a lot of the places that I was familiar with through his paintings. That was a big deal to me, like going to Mecca or something,” Waters said.
As for food, St. John reveals his favorite restaurant in Venice and delights in salt-crushed sea bass. “Venice is one of the most, if not the most, unique cities in the world,” St. John said.
In Bologna – considered by many as Italy’s food capital – St. John revels in a visit to a newly opened FICO Eataly World, which is a huge food store/restaurant that started in Italy but now has locations in the United States. Waters is forced to take extra precautions while painting in a dangerous area in the city.
Adventures continue as the duo wraps up the season in beautiful Milan during Christmastime. Waters tries to paint in the square but is stopped by police, and later he sees The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci for the first time. Meals include exotic seafood such as octopus and squid.
Season three of Palate to Palette airs Thursdays at 7 p.m. on MPB Television through November 15.
Season four is currently in production as St. John and Waters explore more Mississippi towns. Season four will air in the spring of 2019.
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