September Advertiser of the Month

Jeff Faircloth and wife Ruthie post in Jeff’s Sewing and Vacuum

We’re excited to announce Jeff’s Sewing and Vacuum in Augusta, GA as our September Advertiser of the Month! Jeff’s has been on board with the VeryVera Show since Season 5, and we’re proud to have an Augusta staple supporting our show.

Jeff’s Sewing and Vacuum is locally owned and operated, and they’re all about service! Anyone can sell you a sewing machine, but Jeff’s Sewing and Vacuum sticks around to help when things aren’t going right. The store offers sewing machines, fabric, and sewing/quilting classes, along with Miele vacuums.

Owner Jeff Faircloth’s Christian faith is the heart behind the company’s renowned customer service. Take it from their customers:

“The BEST sewing and quilting shop in Augusta!!! Great, helpful, knowledgeable, friendly
staff!!”

“Friendliest staff, very helpful and always willing to go the extra mile!”

“We drove from Greenwood to have my machine serviced and he did it in an hour!! Nice friendly, efficient staff. This is my kind of place!”

Augusta and Aiken fans, be on the lookout for details on an event with The VeryVera Show and Jeff’s Sewing and Vacuum coming up before the end of the year!

New Kitchen for a New Season

During Season 6 of The VeryVera Show, you might notice a new location being filmed: my brand new test kitchen! Back in April, the VeryVera Cottage underwent a total kitchen renovation. Starting with an outdated, family-sized kitchen, we were on a mission to make the best VeryVera test kitchen possible. We started by tearing down the wall to our craft room and to create one large kitchen space. We now have the room we need for recipe testing, camps, and our upcoming Chef Series (more on that coming out later)!

Before

The first hero on the project was Mitchell Florence and his guys at Madison’s Millwork and Coating Specialists, who custom-built all of the cabinetry and the prep tables. Madison’s Millwork gave us the structure of our beautiful new kitchen and provided us with enough storage for all of our kitchen necessities. To be able to film in the new space, we needed to update the lighting in the kitchen. After running into a few renovation hiccups (as is expected), we were able to add in recessed can lighting as well as great under-the-cabinet lighting to make a bright and energizing space in which to cook. With the biggest issues behind us, we continued. We decided to go with laminate hardwood floors throughout the entire kitchen. With so many children coming through the kitchen during Camp, we thought this would be the most practical and durable decision.

During

Cabinets, done. Electric, done. Floors, done. Now it was time for the fun stuff: counter tops and appliances! When filming the Easter-themed episode from the Southern Living-inspired home in Woodside, we took note of the gorgeous marble counter tops and asked who provided them. The answer was Cambria, and that they were actually quartz. Quartz is durable, cost effective, and, best of all, beautiful. Our friends at Star Granite put us in contact with Cambria to have their “Britannica” counter tops put into our new kitchen, and we were blown away at the result! Made to look like marble, you wish you could wear it as a dress! We chose to use the quartz as our back splash as well for a continuous, luxurious feel. We could not be happier with our counter top and back splash.

Finally, the other stars of the show could make their grand entrance. Our overall show sponsor, Sub-Zero and Wolf, outfitted our new test kitchen with M-Series built-in double ovens, a warming drawer, a built-in drawer microwave, an induction stovetop, an ice machine, an Asko dishwasher, and a French door refrigerator. We could not be more excited to share our new space on this season of the show!

After

Thank you to all of our test kitchen sponsors: Madison’s Millwork, Star Granite Interiors, Cambria Quartz, and Sub-Zero and Wolf! Be sure to tune in for Season 6!

–Rachel Schifter, Associate Producer of The VeryVera Show

August Advertiser of the Month

This month is all about our most stylish advertiser- Amelia Myers Interior Design! Amelia Myers is a fantastic interior designer who studied at the University of Georgia and now works out of Camden, SC. We are so proud to be able to work with her! She has been with the show since we began airing on WCBD in September of 2016, and she’s even joined me for a cooking demonstration in Charleston, where she expertly demonstrated setting a holiday table.

  Be sure to check out her new website. The photos of her work are swoon-worthy. We know you’ll love her rustic, clean style as much as we do!

 

 

July Advertiser of the Month

It’s time to announce my July Advertiser of the Month! I love a good farmers market, and it just so happens that Good Earth Produce and Garden Center in Augusta is better than good- it’s great! One of the things I love most about Good Earth is their commitment to staying local: they buy and sell locally, hire local people, and support local business. They’re even one of our sponsors for this year’s VeryVera Cooking Camp!

Big things are in the works for this partnership! This Christmas, look forward to a very special Good Earth episode during Season 6 of the VeryVera Show, and keep an eye out for their commercial. Remember to keep Good Earth in mind as the seasons change, as well. They carry seasonal plants, produce, and even Christmas trees!

I highly recommend a visit to my favorite farmers market, and I’m grateful to be able to work with them!

 

 

 

 

 

You are the FAIRY best!

I have longed for the day when I would be able to host the ultimate “Queen Granny V Tea” for my granddaughter, Lucy. How thrilled I was when her Mom asked if I would participate in this grand event for her 4th birthday and my wheels started turning.

This is where the young ideas and the old-fashioned traditions joined together to create a memorable and sentimental occasion that both the children and the adults truly enjoyed. It started with the precious evite that Mallory outfitted with names befitting each little princess and queen.  All were encouraged to dress in their best, and certainly Granny V took advantage of any opportunity to wear an old dress from her closet. Mallory provided the tiara from her childhood.  

The table was so much fun! Paper plates were the new twist, but nothing would do but to bring in several other generations. My grandmother, Vera, provided the champagne glasses that held the strawberry and lemonade cotton candy. As nervous as we may have been about breakage, not a single one was damaged. Most of these little ones had never had cotton candy! My mother’s Spode tea cups hosted the lemonade and the little girls were so grown up with their pinkies in the air.

Lucy was flanked by her two sisters, Jane and Frances, as she enjoyed her princess cake, and all of her friends enjoyed making tiaras and playing in the fairy garden. They left with a bag of treats tied with a special message that read, “You are the Fairy Best.” 

We’ll have to TOP this for next year….  

Journey to VeryVera

It was Labor Day weekend of my sophomore year of high school. All my friends were heading up to the mountains for the weekend and I hopelessly begged my mom to let me join them. With too much homework, a few big tests in the near future, and soccer practice, I was quickly denied. Instead, she offered me an alternative fun weekend activity: baking. Over the course of that long weekend, my mom and I baked too many cupcakes, and she taught me how to pipe frosting using her Wilton Student Decorating Kit. This was when my love for food and baking began. 

 

Fast forward to my last year at the University of Georgia. I had no idea what I wanted to do after graduation. A degree in Consumer Foods offers so many opportunities, but I didn’t know where to begin. When I was told about an internship with a cooking show, I thought it was too good to be true. It sounded like the internship of my dreams.

 

I began my graduate internship with The VeryVera Show in August of 2016. As an intern, I wasn’t running meaningless errands and fetching coffee. I was brought into the company and given responsibilities that most interns never experience. I was taught management skills, practiced business etiquette, and learned even more about cooking. I was able to learn so much in a short timespan and build on the degree I earned at UGA. In December of 2016, I was brought on full-time as the Associate Producer of the show, which means I got to continue working a job that allows me to truly live out my love of food. From testing recipes, managing the production of a cooking show, and corresponding with both regional and national food celebrities, I have learned so much while working at VeryVera.

 

We have now started writing The VeryVera Cookbook. Two dreams fulfilled in one place?! I consider myself pretty lucky. So far throughout this process, I have been able to use everything I learned during my college career. Writing a cookbook means lots of recipe testing and lots of recipe writing. It has given me the opportunity to use my degree for something I am passionate about. Oh, and writing a cookbook also means eating lots of cake.

 

If you have a passion for food, then VeryVera is the place you need to be. And lucky for you, we are looking for fall interns. Apply today (here) and I’ll save you a slice of cake. 😉

 

Rachel Schifter

A STROLL DOWN THANKSGIVING MEMORY LANE

Wingfield Thanksgiving Dinner, 1956. Dad is carving the turkey. Mom is smiling, but exhausted (and by the way, cooked the turkey.) Please notice the 1950s version of the sippy cup and my cowgirl costume. Clearly something distracted me from looking at the camera but that would be classic Vera, right?

Hope your day is filled with friends, family, and fabulous food. Happy Thanksgiving!

Letter From the Director

Hello and Happy New Year!

First, I want to introduce myself to those who do not know me. I am Lindsey Brumlow, the VeryVera Cooking Class & Camp Director. Second, I want to let you know that you can now register for our 2016 Winter Series of Saturday Cooking Classes. We have great things in store-new recipes, crafts, and loads of fun-so you do not want to miss this opportunity for your young ones!
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A Birthday Wish Come True

Within a year of the Internet going public, VeryVera.com staked its claim on the vast frontier of the World Wide Web.

website

20 years later, we continue to recognize the value of this interpretation of our evolving brand.

Our quest was always simple: good quality, great service, and fantastic presentation. Our new website focuses on the movement of The VeryVera Show to regional status. I invite you to scroll through the newest chapter of the VeryVera story. You’ll see glimpses of the past and the excitement of the future.

Lights, camera, ACTION!


Check out the original 1996 website here

Thank you to Wier/Stewart for our beautiful new site!