By Alice Kenny
Lidia Bastianich, the famed television chef, cookbook writer and restaurateur – who was born in Pula, a city in Croatia that was then part of Italy – credits Catholic Charities for bringing her and her family from persecution to safety after World War II.
Now she is partnering with Catholic Charities to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
You can meet her and help Hurricane Sandy victims at her “Lidia’s Favorite Recipes” book signing at Shoprite, 2424 Hyland Boulevard, Staten Island, NY this Saturday, December 8 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
She will raffle ten gift baskets with 100-percent of the proceeds going to Catholic Charities’ Hurricane Sandy Relief efforts. Gift baskets include three signed cookbooks — Lidia’s Favorite Recipes, Lidia’s Italy in America and Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy — along with Lidia’s Pasta & Sauce and Shoprite private label Italian products.
If you can’t attend the book signing but want to see the baskets and purchase $2 raffle tickets to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims, stop by the Hyland Blvd. Shoprite any time from now until the raffle is held on Sunday, December 9, 2012.
“The Catholic Charities brought us here to New York…we had no one,” Chef Lidia said during an ABC News Nightline interview. “They found a home for us. They found a job for my father. And ultimately we settled. And I am the perfect example that if you give somebody a chance, especially here in the United States, one can find the way.”