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Posted on Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 2:34 p.m.

Images from the live broadcast of QVC's 'In the Kitchen with David' in Ypsilanti

By Courtney Sacco

Shopping network QVC shot a live broadcast of the show "In the Kitchen with David" on Sunday from Ypsilanti's Riverside Park.

The historic Haab's Restaurant in downtown Ypsilanti won the network's “David’s Road Trip Contest,” which secured the restaurant and city a visit from host and cookbook author David Venable.

Spectators were invited to get tickets to the Sunday broadcast, which started at noon. More than 800 people showed up for the event. photographer Courtney Sacco captured these photos.



Tue, Aug 27, 2013 : 3:48 p.m.

Complete waste of time.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 7:35 p.m.

Ypsidoodle, there was a waiver on the back of the ticket that we had to have filled in when we entered the park area. That was a consent to use our image on tv. As for food, I guess I never even thought that they were be offering samples. Too much chance of cross contamination, etc. We planned ahead and brought our own picnic in, and had a great time. I think they did a wonderful PR job for Ypsilanti, and Haab's. Everyone from QVC, including Nancy, Mary, Tara, David and countless others were so kind and gracious, and the water was a nice touch.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 7:55 p.m.

There were many people, including myself, that came down to the event without a ticket so those people did not give express consent to have their images used for commercial purposes, not sure who dropped the ball there. Intried to stay back as far as possible anyway. Apparently some people saw or heard somewhere to "bring your appetite and probably thought that implied that food would be given out. Yes, they did do a nice PR job for Ypsi. I'm glad you had a good time.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 4:10 p.m.

Picture #11 sums it up best


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 4:22 p.m.

Wonder if the walkway was even rated for that much weight? Probably got lucky!


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 3:56 p.m.

Great PR for Ypsi but I wish they would have shown the real ypsi!!!! Just across the street is the abandon field full of boulders. Sidewalks you are afraid to walk on. And of course, it didn't show the real representation of ypsi residents. How many black people did you see sit in the audience. If I didn't know the difference I would have believed that Ypsi was an all white town with no crime. It is a nice town with lots of history but it is also a town where you need to be aware of what area to go into and what area to stay away from. Sorry, I might have upset some of people.


Tue, Aug 27, 2013 : 4:30 p.m.

Cash, It is ok!!! I don't have hatred for Ypsi. I just don't like misrepresentation. Yes, I do think something should have done about the donations lost to the Museum. You really sound like you have a lot of hatred in your writing Cash. Is it not ok to disagree with you?????? I just think the city threw the Museum under the bus to get a little bit of fame on National TV. I have moved from Ypsi because of the crime and the drugs. I would not be afraid to walk in the park in my new town at midnight. All I'm saying it wasn't a true view of the real Ypsi and if I saw that and thought I was coming to a tourist town I would have been sadly disappointed. Everyone has their beliefs and so do I.


Tue, Aug 27, 2013 : 9:32 a.m.

LOL, I'm not mad over it, I'm commenting on your post. You are concerned about the museum's donations. I'm not. You have your blinders on and won't see anything but hatred of a city. That's on you, not on us. Own it.


Tue, Aug 27, 2013 : 1:27 a.m.

Cash, I was talking about the Firehouse Museum not being able to hold their event because of QVC. I don't have the money to donate to anything because I lived in Ypsi at one time!!!!! LOL But I did notice you go by CASH so maybe you could give your share and mine also!!! I'm just trying to point out it was NOT a good representation of the true YPSI. Sorry you got mad but get over it, take off the blinders and look around you!!!! Ypsi is becoming nothing more than a WEST DETROIT!!!!! Talk all you want about how great YPSI is but you cannot run from the real truth!!!! It is not a tourist town. It is barely a college town.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 10:12 p.m.

I wouldn't walk in any park after dark. And do you open your home to the public??? I"m sure the museum you are concerned about would accept your donation.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 8:31 p.m.

For all of you that didn't like my comment all I can say is you don't frost a moldy cake and hope someone will buy it!!!! It is no longer my hometown. I moved out when the guy from the plating company got killed in my front yard. If I didn't know any better I would think Ypsi was a great tourist attraction. I would be highly disappointed if I spent my money to come there for tourism. Yes, the parks are nice and the houses are nice but how many of you would really walk that park after dark? How many of those nice houses are open to the public to visit? You can all vote me down but if the truth hurts oh, well. Did QVC donate to the Fireman Museum for missing out on there event. Probably not!!!


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 7:45 p.m.

I will say that to see a better cross section of the Ypsilanti population would been better. There were far more whites than blacks. Far more women than men. Far more middle age and elderly folk than younger adults than kids. Ultimately, so what? People that wanted to be there were there and the rest weren't. I didn't come down until 1 pm, never needed a ticket and kind of just hung out. Was just cool seeing people in the park like that, regardless of race, age and gender.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 6:13 p.m.

grovestreet, I see no point to your "How many black people did you see in the audience?" question. I saw a few black ladies interviewed... I didn't count black people, however. I do know that the tickets were available to ANYONE .So I see no point in your question. And so you would like people to see a negative picture of your home town? Sorry to disappoint.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 5:20 p.m.

Grove - Along this same line, you should contact the Visit Ypsilanti team because their lovely brochure has nothing but good things in it which, according to your comment, doesn't accurately portray Ypsi.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 4:12 p.m.

I don't wish they'd shown the real Ypsi... you don't air your dirty laundry in public. That's for us to fix, the citizens (yes, I said citizens) of Ypsilanti to fix through legal means. I live a few doors down from Brandy's Liquor on Michigan Ave and the residents that live in the vicinity of that location have taken it upon themselves to organize and become extra vigilant as it had before become a haven for illegal activity. Hopefully that won't happen again but if we're casting our city in a negative light to millions of people, who is going to want to invest here, to live here, to move their business here?


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 3:13 p.m.

Ypsidoodle, Exactly WHERE would the city come up with the funding for a nationwide broadcast of the best of the city? PLEASE tell me. I had told friends about the Ypsi broadcast and I got so many different FB posts and I got emails from people out of state so impressed with Ypsilanti on the show. It looked magnificent. QVC people are marketing masters! . They are the masters of making something look good and desirable. And they did that for Ypsilanti.....for free. Included was a great video at the Firehouse Museum, interviewing the retired chief and he was great! I got messages "your beautiful little town", "the river is gorgeous", " what a pretty little town" from out-of-staters. This kind of PR would cost hundreds of thousands if not more. It doesn't matter if you like QVC. Millions of people watch it. Free positive vibes broadcast to millions of homes across the country for a city that so desperately needs it.....and someone complains.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

Murf, Funny! I didn't notice that!


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 5:18 p.m.

Great comment, Cash. You hit the nail on the head. I jwish the mayor had lightened up a bit and did the 'happy dance' nearby where he was passing out water instead of awkwardly moving away.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 3:40 p.m.

The complaints have nothing to do with the fact that QVC was here at all and I apologize if my post have given that impression. I think everyone, including myself, agrees that it was great free publicity and it cast Ypsilanti in a very positive light. No, it was about how Ypsilanti officials "conveniently" forgot that the Michigan Fire Firehouse Museum had reserved the park for their once a year fundraiser well in advance of QVC wanting to come to town even though it was well publicized and the museum would have filed paperwork to reserve the park. As I've stated before, the city needs to call the decision for what it was: a business decision, not a mistake. Would have been much different if the museum decided to cancel, for whatever reason but I have yet to hear that was the case. QVC may never come back here again, and people have very short memories, but the museum remains... for now.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 4:44 a.m.

That was the longest, most painful Saturday Night Live skit ever. Is there a service available where I can get my brain washed to purge this?


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

It's just a shame that it had to be a for-profit, commercial entity... if this had been a non-profit and the city made the decision to go for a nation-wide broadcast, it would've been a little less bitter a pill to swallow for a lot of Ypsi folks. Maybe more than four or five hundred people might have showed up, who knows? Crafty camera work made the crowd look much larger than it was.

Nicholas Urfe

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 12:16 p.m.

PTSD? Or would it be PTYD?

Frank Tanner

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 1:36 a.m.

I appreciated how they depicted Ypsi. It is a great city with a great history! I enjoyed all the positive videos and comments made by David and QVC. Wish I could have been there...made me homesick!

Alan Black

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 12:53 a.m.

If you missed it there is 3 hours worth up on youtube. Hopefully this link works.

Samantha Towler

Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 12:39 a.m.

This event was great. I was very impressed. Good job QVC and YPSILANTI.


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 11:49 p.m.

Subtracting the fact that the info originally said that people would be let in at 10 a.m. and then to find out while standing on a wooden bridge over shallow water with not a lot of shade that people wouldn't be let in until 11 a.m. (thankfully the fine students of WCC helped refurbish the tridge or else it may not have held all of us), it was a great day and it showed Ypsi in a lovely light as did the Facebook updates along the way from David Venable and his producer Mary of their sights around town leading up to today.

Eduard Copely

Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 10:42 p.m.

We had a great time and loved every moment in Ypsilanti.


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 9:07 p.m.

Would have really preferred to see photos of the Firetruck Muster. So wrong to screw a local group, who has reservations, to benefit a out of town group. Bad City, Bad City., I am so very disappointed.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 9:40 a.m.

This video was featured on QVC and FB...QVC site receiving well over a million visitors. So that was nice on their part. They also had videos of EMU and the City.


Mon, Aug 26, 2013 : 1:32 a.m.

even if it was just a scheduling conflict, shouldnt the first reservation be the one that holds? not the johnny come lately qvc


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 11:41 p.m.

What a shame that ran a story about the Fire Truck Muster getting canceled but never really dug into why, just accepting that it was a scheduling error and that was the reason... I do not believe this for a second. City officials could not be reached for comment? Why? Hopefully those who feel the same about what happened will make their voices heard at the next counsel meeting.


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 8:18 p.m.

"More than 800 people showed up for the event." Lucky if it was half that but maybe they counted people at Haab's, or just walking through the park, or on any given street... nice spin though and yes, the shots of Ypsilanti were pretty cool. Hopefully it will stick in the minds of people who watched.


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 11:23 p.m.

I'm glad the people that came enjoyed it. I didn't get there until about 1 pm so maybe 400 people left before that, I don't know. And I smelled the food too and wondered "why aren't they passing out samples to the audience?" A liability issue perhaps? Or maybe it goes to the crew (and having done such work before I can say it is a very welcome thing to get fed after such a long day... ) And they should have posted the disclaimers about consenting to being on TV and QVC being allowed to use the images for commercial purposes at all the entrances to the park, not just at the tent. But good job to the Mayor for handing out all that water, very well done!


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 9:34 p.m.

A number of people left early. Show was from noon to 3. Many people, including my family, arrived early. The tickets included the phrase "bring your appetite", so, we, along with many others we spoke to, came without eating lunch. We watched the host sample EVERY dish made at the show. You could smell the hamburgers, steak, and ribs. But, only a couple of individuals in the audience received any of the food at the event. We had to leave early since we were all famished. We DID get lots of water, at least. Disappointing. The park WAS beautiful, and the weather was AWESOME. I imagine the event came off GREAT on TV, but, ...


Sun, Aug 25, 2013 : 7:36 p.m.

QVC has sold a lot of things, but today they sold Ypsi. The shots were gorgeous! And David's comment at the end that it was his first time in Michigan but will not be his last, was great. He mentioned the warm, welcoming people of Ypsi and the wonderful people at Haabs...ending with tasting a banana cream pie from Haabs. :-) Loved the fishermen on the river throughout the show...that was lovely. Looked relaxing and peaceful. Good job Ypsi, and good job QVC.