October 2016: Lunch with Lidia Release

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Erin Byers Murray





Three-course meal will raise funds for the Les Dames Nashville Scholarship Fund


Nashville, TN (OCTOBER 3, 2016) — On Tuesday, October 25, the Nashville chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, along with Chef Margot McCormack of Margot Cafe and Marche, are honored to welcome best-selling cookbook author, television host, and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich for a three-course luncheon at Margot Cafe, featuring dishes inspired by the chef’s latest book, Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.

Chef Margot will create a menu that pulls inspiration from Lidia’s recipes while incorporating the local and regional ingredients of Middle Tennessee. Guests will enjoy a three-course meal, which will be paired with a selection of Bastianich wines, as well as a discussion with Lidia about her rich heritage in, and knowledge of, Italian cuisine and how she enjoys preparing fall ingredients.

Guests may add the purchase of a signed copy of Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine to their ticket price and receive their book at the luncheon.

Ticket prices include tax and gratuity. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Les Dames d’Escoffier Nashville Scholarship Fund.



Date: Tuesday, October 25

Time: 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Location: Margot Café, 1017 Woodland St., East Nashville

Menu: Three courses, inspired by Lidia Bastinich, crafted by Chef Margot McCormack, utilizing Middle Tennessee ingredients. Lunch will be paired with Bastianich wines.

Tickets: $50 for lunch; $80 for lunch plus a signed copy of Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine. Both prices include tax and gratuity.

Tickets are available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com.



Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best‐selling cookbook author, restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. She is the chef/owner of four acclaimed New York City restaurants ‐ Felidia, Becco, Esca and Del Posto, as well as Lidia’s Pittsburgh and Lidia’s Kansas City along with her daughter Tanya.  Along with her son, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali, and Oscar Farinetti, the team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace, in the Flatiron District of New York City and at the World Trade Center in New York City.  She also opened Eataly marketplaces in Chicago and Sao Paolo with more locations in Boston, Toronto and Los Angeles scheduled to open in 2017.  She is the founder and president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high quality broadcast productions. Lidia also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces called LIDIA’S.



Les Dames Nashville is the 30th chapter of LDEI, an international organization of women leaders who create a supportive culture in their communities to achieve excellence in the food, beverage and hospitality professions. To do this, more than 1,800 members in more than 30 chapters worldwide provide leadership, educational opportunities and host philanthropic events within their communities. Visit LDEI.org or LesDamesNashville.org and Les Dames Nashville on Facebook.