Abbott & West Productions

American Made Since 2011

Nora Chovanec & Kate Thorman

Brooklyn, New York
Abbott & West Productions is a production company that makes spirited, creative, and thoughtful media for our interconnected world.
New York

Tell us about your business.

Abbott & West began at Nora’s sister’s bachelorette dinner party in the spring of 2011. While pan-frying crispy leeks, we bonded over our shared love of food, storytelling, and travel. We also lamented the fact that there were not enough fun, intrepid young women on food/travel television shows. So we decided to form a production company that specialized in thoughtful, creative food and travel media. We shot our first episode for "The Innocents Abroad" in at the fabulous Venezuelan restaurant, Arepera Guacuco. From there we premiered the show at Housing Works Bookstore Café and launched a successful Kickstarter that enabled us to shoot our first season. Our goal is to get it picked up by a television network. We see a distinct lack of compelling, female personalities in food and travel television, much less those who delve into cultures and the kind of experiential travel we love. We are a bootstrapping, passion-driven project that truly believes in a need for quality content.

What makes your business stand out?

At Abbott & West Productions, all of our projects are designed to embody the all-encompassing media experience that we all live on a day-to-day basis. No project is exclusive to any one format, just as you are never solely on your phone or only watching TV. Our first production, "The Innocents Abroad," joins adventurous twenty-something travelers Kate and Nora – the kind of young women you’d want as your travel and dining companions – as they go into kitchens around the world and try to learn to cook traditional dishes in each destination, connecting with their hosts and the cultures they visit as they eat. A foodie photographer and a well-traveled writer, respectively, Nora and Kate are the kind of fun-loving and inquisitive young women you’d want to go on adventures with. Enthusiastic about the world, its people and its cuisines, they plan their trips to such destinations as Cuba, Turkey, and France around the seasons of outdoor markets and where they’ll be able to get the best lokum

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    June 23–Sept. 8, 2014

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    Sept. 15–Oct. 13, 2014

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  • Winners Announced
    Oct. 17, 2014

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