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Gary’s Wine & Marketplace Welcomes Chef Lidia Bastianich to Madison

Gary’s Wine and Marketplace welcomes beloved television host, cookbook author and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich to the Madison store for a special book signing and wine tasting on November 30th from 5-7 pm.

Lidia will be on hand to sign copies of her latest cookbook—“Lidia Cooks From The Heart of Italy” as well as her debut children’s picture book, “Nonna Tell Me A Story.” A line up of Lidia’s own wines from Friuli and Tuscany will be available to taste at this family oriented event.

“We are thrilled to have Lidia back in the store.” said Gary Fisch, “Last year’s event in Wayne was a huge success. Lidia’s cookbooks are a big hit with our customers and this year we can offer two books and her entire portfolio of wines.”
With the debut of Lidia’s first children’s book, this year’s event promises to be something the whole family can enjoy.
“Nonna Tell Me a Story: Lidia’s Christmas Kitchen” paints a vivid picture of Lidia’s own childhood growing up in Istria where presents were scarce and holiday traditions revolved around the creative use of what the land provided—fruits, nuts and decorations crafted from juniper bush. True to her culinary roots, Lidia shares holiday recipes and tree-trimming ideas that are sure to inspire parents and grandparents to share their own heritage with family.
In her latest cookbook, “Lidia Cooks From The Heart of Italy” she delves into the regional cooking of many lesser-known parts of Italy-Molise, Liguria, Umbria, Abruzzo, Calabria, Valle d'Aosta, Le Marche, Trentino, Alto Adige, Basilicata, and Sardinia-and explores hidden treasures in the well-known gastronomic domains of Lombardy and Emilia Romagna.

Guests at this event will have the opportunity to taste award-winning wines from Azienda Agricola Bastianich, the property opened by Lidia and her son Joe Bastianich in the Colli Orientali region of Friuli in Northeastern Italy as well wines of La Mozza, the property in Tuscany’s Maremma region that Lidia founded with son, Joe and Mario Batali. 

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