Coming to PBS tonight, Friday, March 27:
THE INN AT LITTLE WASHINGTON
A profile of world-renowned Virginian restaurant in its 40th year as it seeks a three-star Micheline rating.
Located in rural Washington VA, the titular establishment is the creation of Patrick O’Connell, a largely self-taught chef. As filmmaker Mira Chang’s portrait begins, O’Connell and his dedicated staff are convinced their world-class food and distinctive atmosphere will merit their elevation from two to three Micheline stars. Her camera is on hand to capture the phone call which congratulates O’Connell on achieving… two stars. While disappointed, the colorful chef takes the news well and uses it to light a fire under his feet to prove the restaurant deserves a third star. Chang’s light but enjoyable film follows him over the next year in this mission, which also coincides with preparations for a special 40th anniversary celebration – a perfect excuse to recount the iconic Inn’s history. Along the way, O’Connell reveals how he braved homophobia and distrust – and, later, annoyance with the disruption caused by bringing an international spotlight on the sleepy town – to become a valued member of the community.