Lidia Bastianich to Give Cedar Crest College Lecture During Lehigh Valley Visit

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Lidia Bastianich, Emmy award-winning public television host, chef, best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business, will be in the Lehigh Valley at the end of October.

Ms. Bastianich's visit begins at PBS39 on Friday, October 28. While there, she will tour the studio and tape a number of on-air promotions. A public reception with Ms. Bastianich, beginning at 5 p.m., includes a book signing of her latest book, Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook, wine, and appetizer recipes from her book created by Springtown Inn chef, Bobbie Gianguzzi. Space is limited; $75 reservations are available at

A private dinner hosted by Tim Fallon, PBS39 CEO, will follow Friday evening at Bolete Restaurant, featuring a wine-pairing menu created by James Beard nominee, Chef Lee Chizmar.

On Saturday, October 29, Ms. Bastianich will help Cedar Crest College kick off its Health Starts in the Kitchen community programming with a discussion about food's role in fostering strong communities, and how she's found success in a male-dominated industry at 12:30 p.m. in the Alumnae Hall Auditorium. 

In addition, Bastianich will participate in a moderated Q&A with the audience, followed by a private reception open to VIP ticket holders. 

The event is open to the public at the following ticket levels:

  • Event plus book -- $50: Includes entrance to the 12:30 p.m. event and a copy of Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.
  • Event plus signed book -- $75: Includes entrance to the 12:30 p.m. event and a signed edition of Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.
  • VIP -- $250: Only 75 tickets available at this level. Includes premium seating at the 12:30 p.m. event and admission to the 2:30 p.m. brunch reception where recipes from Lidia's latest cookbook, Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine, will be served. Attendees will also receive a copy of the book and have the opportunity to have it personally signed by Bastianich. 

Proceeds from the event will support Health Starts in the Kitchen (HSK), a new grant-funded community cooking program at the College. HSK will host a series of cooking classes in the newly renovated Allen Center for Nutrition teaching kitchen led by chefs, registered dietitian nutritionists, and other culinary experts.

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