The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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September 2, 2008

RV’s Rachael Ray to feature Geauga County Amish

MIDDLEFIELD — Amish history culture, scenic farms and countryside, plus delicious Amish Wedding food, will be featured in a segment for cooking host Rachael Ray’s TV show and Web site.

The segment was filmed Saturday in Trumbull and eastern Geauga counties.

The Around the World Productions film crew followed Ridgeview Farm owner and tour operator Sharon Grover on her Amish Backroads Tour.

Zsolt Luka, Around the World Productions’ producer-director, who is of Hungarian descent, was joined by Alex Boylan, a host with Rachael Ray on her cooking talk show. The crew, including Luka, Josh Bolton, and Andrew Boylan, filmed Emma Miller’s Amish Craft Shop in Middlefield, the Middlefield Original Cheese Co-Op, several other Amish-owned businesses and the End of the Commons General Store in Mesopotamia.

“We ended their visit at an Amish home in Troy Township for a typical Amish wedding lunch,” Grover said. “Here everyone was served the same type food the Amish serve at a typical wedding. They really enjoyed their visit, and we were excited to have them pick us,” Grover said.

The large red van, painted with Rachael Ray’s photos and called “Rach to the Rescue,” caught the attention of many people in the Geauga area Saturday. Luka said the California-based crew hauls a lot of its computers and camera equipment aboard but the van is not equipped for sleeping.

“We are making a number of stops over the next six weeks in 36 to 37 states. It’s part of the show’s Hidden Gems, which will be on Rachael Ray’s Web site in what is called a ‘webisode.’ The visit to Geauga County probably will be up on the Web site this week. It’s among the first. A portion of what we filmed may also get on Rachael Ray’s show,” Luka said when contacted Tuesday in Chicago.

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