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For the Love of Lidia

September 11, 2018

Presented by Mama Yolanda’s Lasagna and Festitalia

On September 11, 2018, bestselling cookbook author, award winning television personality, and successful restaurateur Lidia Bastianich returns to Hamilton for an up-close and personal appearance at Carmen’s Banquet Centre for a Festitalia sanctioned event. The “For the Love of Lidia” event is sponsored by Mama Yolanda’s Gourmet LasagnaTM and will also help to raise funds for the Charity of Hope and Villa Italia.

Lidia Bastianich is a name that resonates with Italians and food lovers from coast to coast. As a beloved public figure for decades, Bastianich has established herself as an ambassador for Italian cuisine and culture. In 2018, she won the Daytime Emmy Award for outstanding culinary host for her television program Lidia’s Kitchen. Pat Mostacci, Chair of Festitalia said, “We are really looking forward to Lidia coming to Hamilton under our Festitalia calendar this year. Our Board of Directors is also looking forward to meeting her and sharing our joint love for Italian culture.”

“This will be another memorable night in Hamilton,” said Peter Mercanti, Co-Chair of the event. “This event will be focusing on our love of Lidia, our love of Italian culture and a celebration of our food. Guests will be treated to a Lidia inspired menu, featuring a delectable piece of Hamilton’s famous Mama Yolanda’s Gourmet Lasagna and a spuntino extravaganza!” The spuntino will feature a dazzling array of Italian style appetizers that are sure to tantalize every type of palate.

This will be the second time Lidia has appeared to a sold-out crowd at Hamilton’s Carmen’s Banquet Centre. “Ever since Lidia was here in 2015, everyone kept asking when she was coming back,” said Dennis Concordia, Co-Chair of the event. “So we finally secured her agreement to come back and we are planning a great night to enjoy her musing on her latest book as part of Festitalia’s Author night.” Local radio personality Sunni Genesco will moderate the event, where Bastianich will participate in a Q&A session with the audience. A private reception prior to the event will be open to VIP ticket holders, who will get the opportunity to get their photo taken with the celebrity chef.

For the Love of Lidia takes place on Tuesday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at Carmen’s Banquet Centre. Tickets are $75 and include admission to the event and the spuntino extravaganza. Private reception tickets are limited, $150 per person, and includes the meet and greet along with everything the event has to offer. Tickets can be purchased through the Carmen’s Box Office by calling 905-387-0007.

About Festitalia.

Festitalia Corporation develops and promotes, in the City of Hamilton, a festival of significant impact that shares and promotes Italian culture and heritage with the community-at-large. Festitalia also contributes to the economic development of the Region through a strong central volunteer driven organization that collaborates with other community groups in celebrating Italian culture and heritage and through direct links to Italy.

VIP: 5:00 PM / Spuntino: 6:30 Lidia: 7:30
Tickets: VIP $150 / Spuntino Only $75


September 11, 2018


Carmen’s Box Office
905 387 0007
Dennis Concordia
 Event Co-Chair


Carmen’s Banquet & Convention Centre
1520 Stone Church Road East
Hamilton, ON Canada
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