National cooking show films at Thomasville restaurant

Jul. 02, 2013 @ 03:51 PM

A popular Thomasville restaurant – and the city itself – will be featured on a nationally televised program that filmed at the restaurant Monday.
“Rx for Healthy Lifestyles,” a healthy-living show starring author and TV personality Edie Hand, spent the day filming at Southern Sisters Restaurant & Grille on E. Main Street. The filming naturally included cooking segments, but also a ballroom dancing segment filmed on the restaurant’s small upstairs dance floor.
Additional segments focused on Thomasville itself, which was just recently named a 2013 All-America City.
“It’s basically going to be a big showcase of what Thomasville has to offer,” said Joy Thompson, owner of Southern Sisters.
“It gives us a great platform for us to tell people about what a great city we are, especially just winning the All-America City Award. It’s a chance for us to showcase who we are as people and as businesses, and trying to get people to come visit us.”
Locally, “Rx for Healthy Lifestyles” airs at 2:30 p.m. Sundays on FamilyNet TV, a cable network that reaches some 22 million homes across the country.
“We’re delighted to come do the show here,” said Hand, who has authored or co-authored more than 25 books, including cookbooks, inspirational books and novellas. “We’re going to do five shows today, so it’s a very ambitious day for us.”
In addition to a segment in which Hand and Thompson made meatloaf, other food segments focused on party foods, tailgating foods and specialty cakes. There was also a segment stressing the health benefits of ballroom dancing. A pair of instructors from Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Clemmons demonstrated first, and then taught Hand, Thompson and Thompson’s husband, Chris, to do the same dance.
The dancing segment illustrates that “Rx for Healthy Lifestyles” is more than just another cooking show.
“Our show gives people healthy lifestyles tips and information, too,” she said, adding that area chiropractor Dr. Kristi Mauldin would be by later in the day to film a segment for the show.
The program chose to film in Thomasville and at Southern Sisters through the efforts of Clifton Lambreth, a Thomasville native and Thomasville High School graduate who serves as the show’s associate producer.
“I wanted to bring something back to Thomasville,” Lambreth explained. “I was excited that they won the All-America City Award, and I felt like more people need to know about Thomasville. I think it’s a hidden treasure.”
But it may not remain hidden for long, once the “Rx for Healthy Lifestyles” segments begin airing.
“The show will be in 22 million homes across the country, so 22 million homes will get a glimpse of Southern Sisters and Thomasville,” Lambreth said.
In addition to the cooking and dancing segments filmed Monday, Mayor Joe Bennett and other city leaders talked about Thomasville’s All-America City Award, local country singer Kayla Watts performed, and the local charity Kisses 4 Kate was featured.
Thompson said that once segments of the show have aired, she will post links to the segments on her restaurant’s website, | 888-3579