Megachurch pastor Phil Hotsenpiller and his wife, Tammy, invited their Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist neighbors over to their Southern California home for an interfaith, multicultural meal.
But not just any meal: This one was being filmed as a pilot for a reality TV show based on Tammy Hotsenpillerâ€™s book, â€œTaste of Humanity” â€“ which she described as an attempt to â€œbring cultures together through cuisine.â€
â€œI had everyone bring something from their country,â€ Tammy Hotsenpiller recalled, â€œand I thought, â€˜Well what is America known for? I mean, apple pie and hot dogs.â€™ So I brought apple pie and hot dogs. We did a hot dog bar with all the condiments and everything else.”
Their neighbors hadnâ€™t gotten together in 20 years.
â€œAnd the first thing [our guests] asked was, â€˜Was it kosher? Are they beef? Are they pork?â€™
“So it gave us an opportunity to talk about their conviction and why they donâ€™t eat pork and what that means, and it really opened up some great opportunities of dialogue and conversation â€“ just really over cuisine â€“ all of us sitting down and talking about what our beliefs are.”
The Hotsenpillers wonâ€™t say which networks theyâ€™re pitching the reality show to. Ashley Williams, who has worked as a segment producer for ABC’s “The Bachelor,” filmed the pilot. In 30 minute episodes, the Hotsenpilles say, the program would showcase dinners held in the homes of people from neighborhoods across America.
via Hot dogs, apple pie and religion: Pastor pitches reality food show â€“ CNN Belief Blog – CNN.com Blogs
What do you think? Â Good idea for a reality tv show, or horrible?