Los Angeles-based producer, Scott Browning, has chosen McKinney as the first of three American cities to be showcased in a new TV series A Night of Artists and Chefs.

Focusing on smaller communities across the U.S. with vibrant art and food scenes, each episode will feature a group of local artists who will transform an event space into an “art cocoon” that envelopes guests in a unique work of art. A group of local chefs will create a sumptuous meal with paired wines that complements the room.

The McKinney chefs chosen to participate are Aaron Thomas of Éclair Bistro, Jason Ferraro of Sugarbacon/Butcherboard, and Taylor Rause of Rye. The team of local artists who will transform Gather in Downtown McKinney is being led by Anne Royer, founder of the COVE arts cooperative. Her team includes Kim Guthrie, Melissa Patrello, Barbara Mason, James Mason, Teresa Krieger and Leo Malboeuf.

“I chose McKinney for a number of reasons,” says producer Scott Browning. “Its historic downtown is picture perfect and the artists and chefs at work here are amazingly talented.”

The production has also selected three high school interns who will capture footage of “their McKinney” to be included in the episode. They are Jordan Gros, Ally Tauber, and Karsyn Gorman. Local charity Community Lifeline Center will also be featured in the episode “to salute the many generous people who do vital work to help their communities,” says producer Browning.

The event will run for five nights from January 30, 2018 through February 3, 2019 from 7:00-10:00 pm at Gather, 207 E Virginia Street. Camera crews will be capturing the event on video and asking guests for opinions and impressions.

Tickets are on sale now at www.ArtistsChefs.com. Early bird discounts are available while supplies last. Regular ticket $10 off (enter discount code early10 at check-out). Premium ticket $25 off (enter discount code early25 at check-out).