“American Idol” season 5 winner Taylor Hicks will return for a second helping of “State Plate,” premiering Friday at 8 p.m. ET on the family entertainment network INSP.
“Our goal is to cover all 50 states,” said Doug Butts, INSP’s senior VP of programming. “And we are well on our way. Season 2 of ‘State Plate’ will feature even more of the foods we’ve come to know and love as part of America’s cultural history. Thankfully, there is no shortage of stories to tell.”
Hicks, an Alabama native, owns Saw’s BBQ, a barbecue and blues bar in his home state. The restaurant is getting a healthy perk this season when Hicks returns to Birmingham to give viewers a personal tour.
The concept of “State Plate” — a farm-to-table show — is simple. In the span of a season, Hicks visits specific states and fills up a plate with “emblematic state foods,” including appetizers, entrees, sides, and desserts. Throughout his foodie journey, Hicks will visit farms, ranches, markets, festivals, and other diverse and unusual locales. With each stop, the singer will uncover rich details behind the state’s unique food traditions.
In the show’s first season, Hicks visited Maine, Illinois, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Georgia, and Wisconsin.
This season, Hicks will visit New York, Vermont, Mississippi, Iowa, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and more (see the full lineup below).
Aug. 11 — Alabama
Aug. 18 — Mississippi
Aug. 25 — Vermont
Sept. 1 — New York
Sept. 8 — Missouri
Sept. 15 — Iowa
Sept. 22 — Minnesota
Sept. 29 — South Dakota
Oct. 6 — Pennsylvania
Oct. 13 — Maryland
Oct. 20 — Oregon
Oct. 27 — Washington
Hicks is also hitting the road for a late summer/fall tour (see the dates below).
Aug. 19 — Orrville Lions Rib & Music Fest, Orrville, Ohio
Aug. 26 — Oxford Performing Arts Center, Oxford, Ala.
Sept. 30 — Franklin Theatre, Franklin, Tenn.
Oct. 21 — The Palace Danbury, Danbury Conn.
Nov. 14 — BB King Blues Club, New York, N.Y.
Dec. 8 — Red Rock Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nev.
Dec. 9 — Blue Water Resort & Casino, Parker, Ariz.
Dec. 10 — The MIM, Phoenix, Ariz.