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Maria's Portuguese Table

Next Airing: Fri, Jun 9th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV

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When Maria Lawton was six years old her family emigrated to the United States from the island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, a stunning archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Maria documented the cooking and food memories so vital to her childhood, rediscovering her family's traditional recipes and putting them into her first cookbook, Azorean Cooking: From My Table to Yours. As a complement to her book, Maria blends her love of Portuguese food, traditions, and culture with the cooking and travel series "Maria's Portuguese Table". In this first series she goes on an 8-part food and travel odyssey starting in Rhode Island USA to Sao Miguel Azores, to California. Rediscover one of the world's oldest cultures with her!


  • Island Origins

    Discover the Azores' Jewish roots, and taste flavors of Sao Miguel, Azores Portugal.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 9th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:15
    Usage rights: 7/5/2021 to 7/4/2024
  • California's Central Valley

    From a Festa in Fresno to a Bloodless Bullfight in Gustine, CA.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 16th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:15
    Usage rights: 7/12/2021 to 7/11/2024
  • California's Bay Area

    Discover San Jose's "little Portugal" and San Francisco's Noe Valley.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 23rd, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:16
    Usage rights: 7/19/2021 to 7/18/2024
  • California's Sonoma Valley

    Visit cheese and wine makers in California's wine country. Then, sit down with a delicious meal and bring season one to close.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jun 30th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:27:08
    Usage rights: 7/26/2021 to 7/25/2024
  • Provincetown, Massachusetts

    Maria explores Provincetown, the first landing place for the Pilgrims and also the landing place for many Azorean immigrants in the last century. Not just an artists colony, Provincetown has also been home to a vibrant, Portuguese community that centered around the fishing industry. Maria explores the area, cooks a traditional fish dish at the Mayflower Cafe, takes a painting lesson from a Portuguese American artist, and joins in the weekend Portuguese Festival celebration.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 7th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/5/2023 to 6/4/2026
  • Boston, Massachusetts

    Maria's travels continue to the birthplace of the American Revolution, Boston Massachusetts. Maria meets with Dennis Alves, Director of Artistic Planning for the world famous Boston Pops. Dennis is a proud Portuguese American, and he invites Maria to cook a delicious chicken soup, canja, in his kitchen. Maria also receives a private music lesson on stage at symphony hall. Maria also meets with businessman Tony Frias to hear how he and is brother arrived in the US from the azorean island of Santa Maria then went on to starting a business that eventually grew to shape much of the Boston skyline.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 14th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/12/2023 to 6/11/2026
  • Fall River, Massachusetts

    Columbia Street is the heart of Fall River's Portuguese community. Maria explores the cafes and business there, then heads to meet up with comedy troupe "Portuguese Kids" founders Brian and Derek. The men are globally known for their take on growing up Portuguese in America, but their love for their roots is shown as they join their mothers in the kitchen to sit with Maria and reminisce. Maria also experiences fine dining at the oldest Portuguese restaurant in the state, Sagres Restaurant. Brothers Victor and Manuel show Maria a few of their famous dishes now in it's second generation of Portuguese family ownership and a Columbia Street institution.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 21st, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/19/2023 to 6/18/2026
  • New Bedford, Massachusetts

    Maria's journey circles back to her home community of New Bedford Massachusetts. Maria arrived in New Bedford from Sao Miguel, Azores when she was just six years old. Historically, many people who immigrated to New Bedford worked in not only in mills but in the fishing industry, and Maria meets a young woman who is now running the family business. She talks about her roots, and teaches Maria how to cook her favorite scallop recipe. Maria then meets Jessica Arruda, owner of Tia Maria's European Cafe. Jessica discusses her Portuguese family, and then they cook a recipe that Jessica's mother taught her in the Cafe's kitchen. Then Maria heads to the north end part of New Bedford and meets with the Festiros (Feast Committee Members) of Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, just a few days before the Feast begins.

    Next Airing: Fri, Jul 28th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 6/26/2023 to 6/25/2026
  • Terceira, Azores

    Maria's journey continues to the island of Terceira, known by many US veterans for the US Air base located their since World War II. Maria learns that Terceira isn't just bloodless bullfights and parties, it's also home to stunning scenery, talented artists, and some amazing food. Maria goes inside a volcano, cooks local specialties the Alcartra and the Dona Amelias, and takes a turn at throwing some pottery with a third generation potter using clay that is millions of years old.

    Next Airing: Fri, Aug 4th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 7/3/2023 to 7/2/2026
  • Sao Jorge, Azores

    From a distance Sao Jorge is an island of cliffs and fajas, but Maria discovers so much more. She sees first hand how their world famous cheese is made, visits a coffee plantation, then cooks Holy Ghost soup and local specialty Especies. Maria also meets transplant Peeter Adriaans, best described as a renaissance man originally from Amsterdam, who made a home on Sao Jorge after what can only be described as a shipwreck.

    Next Airing: Fri, Aug 11th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 7/10/2023 to 7/9/2026
  • Sao Jorge and Pico

    Maria explores Faja da Caldeira Santo Cristo, which the New York Times listed as one of the most beautiful places in the world. While there she learns to cook and then tastes the unique clams that can only be found on that shoreline. Afterwards, she ferries to the island of Pico to learn more about the whaling industry, and meet with winemakers as well as taste the rare wines that were desired by kings and czars for centuries.

    Next Airing: Fri, Aug 18th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 7/17/2023 to 7/16/2026
  • Faial

    The season ends by exploring the city of Horta and tasting locally produced specialties that can only be found on this beautiful island. Then Maria heads to a volcano off the coast of Capelinhos, Faial, who's devastating eruption in 1958 resulted in a new wave of immigration to the US thanks to changes in policy spearheaded by John F. Kennedy. Maria also wrangles bees and gets to cook some unique farm to table inspired dishes on a mountain top farm with an American couple that returned to Faial to start anew on her great-grandparents' farmland.

    Next Airing: Fri, Aug 25th, 2023 at 2:30 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:29:00
    Usage rights: 7/24/2023 to 7/23/2026
  • Azores' Happy Cows

    Visit a Quinta, and then cook with Maria's family.

    Length: 00:27:15
    Usage rights: 6/28/2021 to 6/27/2024
  • Furnas

    Discover a magical village in the Azores that located in the mouth of a volcanic crater.

    Length: 00:27:10
    Usage rights: 6/14/2021 to 6/13/2024
  • Maia & Vila Franca

    Enjoy the only tea plantation in all of Europe and see how a delicious pastry is made.

    Length: 00:27:17
    Usage rights: 6/21/2021 to 6/20/2024
  • Rhode Island

    Intro to the series. Meet the Portuguese experience in America.

    Length: 00:27:10
    Usage rights: 6/7/2021 to 6/6/2024



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