Luca Paris is going on a ‘Culinary Journey’

  • Luca Paris and Gavin Key, who are working together on a series about the Monadnock Region’s restaurants, at Fireworks Restaurant and Bar in Keene, with owner Adam Berube (front right), bar manager Anna Edge (back left) and executive chef Matt Smith (back right). —COURTESY PHOTO

  • Marvin Benavides, left, chef at Pour House Restaurant in Keene, and Terry Atwater-Yaeger, right, Pour House manager and bartender, after filming an episode of “Discover Your New Culinary Journey” with Luca Paris, front, and Gavin Key, center. —COURTESY PHOTO

  • Gavin Key filming Marvin Benevides, chef at Pour House Restaurant in Keene. —COURTESY PHOTO

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 6/30/2022 1:21:18 PM

Many residents of the Monadnock Region have probably heard of the Food Network show hosted by Guy Fieri, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

A similar food show is set to come out this summer, but about the Monadnock Region’s restaurants, hosted by a local.

Luca Paris, president of the Greater Keene and Peterborough Chamber and owner of Luca’s Mediterranean Cafe in Keene, received a grant from the New Hampshire Department of Business and Economic Affairs in May, which allowed him to join up with GFA Federal Credit Union as a partner for the series, put together a small team, and begin work on his YouTube series, “Discover Your New Culinary Journey.”

According to Paris, tourism in the region saw an increase last summer and fall, and he hopes that this series will help continue that trend. 

“I wanted to find different ways that we could promote the region and bring people in,” he said.

Paris said the state is running a campaign called “Discover Your New,” for residents and tourists to discover new things in New Hampshire. This inspired the name of the series, “Discover Your New Culinary Journey.”

According to Paris, the format of the show is similar to”Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” but hopes that it will have a more local feel.

“Instead of Guy Fieri, it’s me,” he said. “I bring you on a culinary journey through the region.”

Paris anticipates the final series to consist of about 30 videos, each about one to three minutes in length. They will be free to the public on a YouTube channel created for the series, and Paris hopes to have them posted sometime in the middle of the summer.

The videos will be marketed in other parts of New Hampshire as well as in Vermont and Massachusetts, which Paris hopes will continue to increase tourism to the Monadnock Region.

“I always believe that it’s important for people to know what an incredible food scene this is,” he said. “How exciting it is, how eclectic it is, and how every year restaurants are pushing the envelope.”

Filming, which is done by Gavin Key Films, will continue for a few more weeks, before the final videos are edited and released. As of now, Paris is still open to recommendations of restaurants to visit for the series. However, he hopes that this or similar series will return in summers to come.

“If these go well, places that can’t do it now can do it later,” he said. “There’s all these cool little places that people don’t know about.”

More than anything else, Paris hopes that this series will show people how fun the Monadnock Region is.

“It’s a great project. I’m really proud of it,” Paris said. “The most important thing is to see this thing completed. It’s all about telling people the story of this region. When people think of this region, they might only think of one town, but I want to show this whole eclectic group.”


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