Wednesday, June 1, 2016

PBS television show Lucky Chow shoot

Top: In the midst of bentomaking demo
Bottom Left: Display of various bento boxes and tools
Bottom Right: The Lucky Chow team (and me)

We had a bit of excitement last week over here at Happy Little Bento when the team from the PBS show Lucky Chow came over to shoot a segment for an upcoming episode of their second season. This episode will focus on Japanese culture and food, so I talked with host Danielle Chang about bento, and then we assembled a couple of cute bento together while her cameraman walked around filming us. I gave behind-the-scenes camera duties to MisterMan, and he took a bunch of photos I'll share with you here. Thanks MM!

They arrived at 5pm, so I spent the afternoon setting up a display on the table and preparing food and bento supplies for us to use for our bentomaking in the kitchen. TS and I think it looks all right!

They wanted to film a greeting for the opening, so TS filled in with an impromptu performance. She really got a kick out of that.

I had to wear a microphone and transmitter so that we could walk around and talk. They decided to have us talk at the table first.

I didn't realize someone was peeking around the corner here...

The bentomaking itself was a lot of fun. I've never done a bento demo alongside someone else at the same time. It encouraged me to explain exactly what I was going to do next and clearly describe the tools and foods.
Are you ready for your close-up?
Make one, teach one! 

The whole thing took about 3 hours and we were finished with our bento just as the natural light was pretty much fading. Perfect timing. I think things went well and in fact my kids couldn't tell whose bento was whose!

The completed bento sets!

 Guess who ate the bento for dinner? ^__^

It was a lot of fun. If the editing goes well and the episode airs, I'll let you know. Thanks for taking a look at our adventures. Happy bentomaking! 


  1. so cool! and the bentos look so good:)

    1. Thanks Kat! I was glad things went pretty smoothly😊

  2. Awesome post and pics! Thank you for sharing, and WONDERFUL to see you back at bentos again! :) You are a primary inspiration for making bento for my three grandbabies.

    1. Thank you April8114 - I love to read comments like yours! I am reinspired myself. 😊

  3. That is so exciting! I love PBS! You did an amazing job creating and teaching the bento. I adore your creativity and I hope to see more posts soon!

    1. You're too kind; thank you Bex! I'm excited to create more bento now too. Thanks for taking a look at our adventure! 😊