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April 17, 6:00 P.M. Screening and Demo: The Legendary Lidia Bastianich Celebrates 25 Years on Public Television

April 17, 2024 06:00 PM

Join Us for a Night with the Iconic Italian Cookbook Author and Television Personality

25 11th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Fans of the prolific Lidia Bastianich, the legendary television host, are invited to an exclusive evening celebrating 25 years of cooking on public television. At this memorable viewing party and demonstration, guests will enjoy an aperitivo of Prosecco and one of Bastianich’s favorite recipes, savory rice and zucchini crostata. After the welcome reception, join Lidia for an intimate seated screening of 25 Years with Lidia: A Culinary Jubilee. This hour-long documentary tells the story of Bastianich’s rich legacy, from her immigration to the United States to becoming the authority on authentic Italian cooking. Special guest appearances and interviews in the documentary include Jacques Pépin, Mary Sue Milliken, Elizabeth Falkner, Geoffrey Zakarian, childhood friend Christopher Walken, along with Bastianich’s family and other longtime friends and colleagues.    
Following the documentary, guests will have an opportunity to get up close and personal with Bastianich as she shares how to prepare gnocchi—Italian-style dumplings—and her techniques during a live cooking demonstration (and tasting!).  

Don't miss this chance to toast this national treasure and celebrate this culinary icon who is synonymous with Italian cuisine.  

Cookbooks will be available for purchase and signing by Lidia Bastianich. 

General Admission: $100



About Lidia Bastianich:
Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy Award–winning public television host, a bestā€selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. She is the owner of Becco in New York City and Lidia’s in Kansas City. Lidia has authored over a dozen books, including her memoir, My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food, and her newly released cookbook, Lidia’s: From Our Family Table to Yours. Lidia is a member of Les Dames d’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two nonprofit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. Among the numerous awards and accolades Lidia has earned are seven James Beard Awards (Outstanding Chef, Television Food Show, Best Chefs in America, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Specials 2016, Special 2017, and 2018), and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Culinary Host .    

About Tavola Productions:
Founded by Lidia Bastianich, Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces award-winning broadcast productions of quality, including Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia’s Family Table, Lidia’s Italy, and Lidia’s Italy in America.   

About GBH:
GBH is the leading multiplatform creator for public media in America. As the largest producer of content for PBS and partner to NPR and PRX, GBH delivers compelling experiences, stories, and information to audiences wherever they are. GBH produces digital and broadcast programming that engages, illuminates, and inspires through drama and science, history, arts, culture and journalism. It is the creator of such signature programs as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and Molly of Denali, and a catalog of streaming series, podcasts, and on-demand video. GBH’s television channels include GBH 2, GBH 44, GBH Kids and national services World, and Create. With studios and a newsroom headquartered in Boston, GBH reaches across New England with GBH 89.7, Boston’s Local NPR; CRB Classical 99.5; and CAI, the Cape and Islands NPR station. Dedicated to making media accessible to and inclusive of our diverse culture, GBH is a pioneer in delivering media to those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind and visually impaired. GBH creates curriculum-based digital content for educators nationwide with PBS LearningMedia and has been recognized with hundreds of the nation’s premier broadcast, digital and journalism awards. Find more information at 

Tickets to events held at Platform at Pier 57 by the James Beard Foundation cover the cost of food, education and a unique dining experience. Meals are prepared by culinary masters from all regions of the United States and around the world. Unless otherwise stated, alcoholic beverages are provided on a complimentary basis and are not included in the ticket price.

James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served.

Event Policy

Reservation Policy:

All reservations are non-refundable and must be made in advance. Should the event be cancelled due to any unforeseen circumstances, including COVID-19, JBF will offer a range of options, including ticket exchanges, the option to donate tickets, or a full refund. For more information, contact

Alcohol Disclaimer:

James Beard Foundation events permit guests age 21 years and older to attend events where alcoholic beverages are served. 

Dietary/Food Restrictions Policy:

Events at Platform by JBF are special one-night-only menus and we do not offer a la carte menus. If you have serious food allergies, we will work with the visiting chef team to do our best to accommodate but cannot guarantee that alternate options will be available for every course.

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