Chef Lidia Bastianich to visit Tulsa area for RSU TV benefits
BY NICOLE MARSHALL MIDDLETON World Scene Writer
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
10/17/12 at 3:03 AM
Renowned chef Lidia Bastianich will participate in two upcoming events in the Tulsa area to benefit student scholarships and educational programming at Rogers State University Public Television.
The university will hold an 11:30 a.m. luncheon on Nov. 1 at Hillcrest Country Club, 1901 Price Road in Bartlesville. The cost for the event is $50 per person, with a book signing to follow.
That evening, a patron reception with Bastianich will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa.
Southern Hills Executive Chef Jonathan Moosmiller has created a special menu featuring Bastianich's recipes. Tickets will be $250 per person for the limited-seating event, which includes a signed copy of Bastianich's latest cookbook, "Lidia's Favorite Recipes: 100 Foolproof Italian Dishes, from Basic Sauces to Irresistible Entrees."
The book is a gathering of the recipes that have become Lidia's go-to meals, including Baked Clams Oreganata, Smothered Escarole, Braised Beef Rolls and Sole Meuniere.
The events will be hosted by RSU President Dr. Larry Rice, RSU First Lady Peggy Rice and RSU Public TV General Manager Dan Schiedel. Proceeds for both events will benefit RSU Public Television's educational outreach programs, including its televised academic competition, "I Want Answers!", which last year provided more than $18,000 in scholarships to area high school students.
"We're honored to bring such a talented and internationally celebrated chef to Tulsa, with the added bonus of benefiting student scholarships and programming through RSU Public Television," Peggy Rice said.
Bastianich's television shows, including "Lidia's Italy in America," are broadcast on PBS stations nationwide, including RSU Public TV. She is a best-selling cookbook author, restaurateur and owner of a food and entertainment business.
Her restaurants include Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto in New York and Lidia's Pittsburgh and Lidia's Kansas City. Along with Mario Batali, Oscar Farinetti and her son, Joe Bastianich, she opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace in New York City.
During her visit to the Tulsa area, Bastianich also will participate in RSU Public TV's annual fall membership drive to help raise awareness and support for the public television station, which is available in more than 1.3 million homes in northeastern Oklahoma.
For more information or reception tickets, contact Jennifer Sterling, RSU Public TV program/membership manager, at 918-343-7882 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chef Lidia Bastianich will sign copies of her newest cookbook at an event Nov. 1 in Bartlesville. Courtesy