Kelly Fitzgerald, chef at Bistro 112, recently worked to put together a television pilot that he has titled "Next Level."
Inspired by his all female staff, Fitzgerald took the initiative to create a video labeled "Girls at Work" on Facebook and You Tube. Being pleased with the outcome, he decided to send it to a television production company, not really expecting results.
But, results he got and the staff traveled to New York in early August to work with Hexane Production who filmed the Bistro women creating a Landscape Salad Melange with scallops, shrimp and crab. Basically, the melange encompasses 10 salads with three meats centered on top of mixed greens, Fitzgerald explained.
While the idea and the project have been exciting and could lead to future successes, the team at Bistro 112 has had to carry a portion of the financial burden necessary to prepare the pilot for presentation to the networks. A total of $5,000 was needed for the filming as well as some additional funds to help the group travel to New York. Now work is underway for the second cut of the proposed program.
To help defray some of the associated costs of filming, Bistro 112 will host a fundraising event for the second cut of the video on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the restaurant. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres along with a cash bar from 5 to 7 p.m. All are encouraged to come out and help the restaurant staff raise the needed funds to continue the dream of the television pilot.
Kelly explained that the idea for the future show would focus on women in the workplace, with the new title 'Next Level with Chef Kelly.' Although the show would not focus entirely on Bistro 112, but rather highlight other business ventures around the country, the show would come back to Shepherdstown on occasion to check in with the staff at Bistro. Kelly sees the project as a potential tourist draw for the town. For more information on helping, contact Fitzgerald at 304-876-8477.