WCNY’s Taste of Fame: Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich will headline virtual dinner

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Chef Lidia Bastianich

Chef Lidia Bastianich will host the Taste of Fame fundraiser for WCNY. The event will be virtual on May 21 and in-person on Oct. 15.Michael Heinz

Syracuse, N.Y. — Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich will headline WCNY’s seventh annual Taste of Fame dinner fundraiser this spring, which will be held virtually for the second straight year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bastianich, the Emmy award-winning host of “Lidia’s Kitchen” on public television, will also host WCNY’s in-person dinner on Oct. 15 at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown.

“We are very excited Chef Lidia Bastianich will host this year’s virtual Taste of Fame virtual event for participating PBS stations across the country,” says Mitch Gelman, WCNY president and chief executive officer.

A basic ticket costs $175 and feeds four people. Sunbasket, a meal-delivery service specializing in organic ingredients, will deliver meal kits to homes for guests to cook along with Lidia. She will be preparing the same dinner her home kitchen in Boston.

The Sunbasket meal kit includes:

  • Spinach-artichoke dip with traditional pita for an appetizer
  • Ingredients to create Lidia’s Springtime Asparagus Risotto
  • Simple Dark Chocolate Bars for an after-dinner dessert snack.

The evening begins with a cocktail Q&A with Bastianich, moderated by Chef Julia Collin Davison of “America’s Test Kitchen” at 6:30 p.m. Guests can ask Bastianich questions in the Zoom chat as she creates Fragoncello, one of her favorite spring cocktails.

At 7 p.m., Bastianich will give guests a cooking lesson as she creates a springtime asparagus risotto dish. When the cooking lesson ends, guests can eat with friends in private Zoom rooms.

Risotto for WCNY dinner

Chef Lidia Bastianich will guide participants of the Taste of Fame dinner to make Springtime Asparagus Risotto.Courtesy of the WCNY

Ticketholders can watch the video of the cooking lesson for up to two weeks after the event. They also get one-month digital access to the “America’s Test Kitchen” website.

For $225, you get the meal and cooking lesson and an autographed copy of Bastianich’s book “Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant: A Cookbook.”

WCNY is scheduling an in-person event for Oct. 15. Tickets are $150 per person. It includes a three-course dinner with recipes crafted by Bastianich. A cocktail hour and silent auction begins at 6 p.m., with dinner following at 7 p.m. The menu is:

  • Appetizer: Roasted Squash and Carrot Salad
  • Entrée: Choice of Beer-Braised Beef Short Ribs, Chicken Pizzaiola or Ricotta Frittata
  • Dessert: Apple Cranberry Crumble

Tickets for both events are on sale starting today at www.wcny.org/tasteoffame.

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Charlie Miller finds the best in food, drink and fun across Central New York. Contact him at 315-382-1984, or by email at cmiller@syracuse.com. You can also find him on Twitter @HoosierCuse.

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