Lidia Celebrates America
This series is a multi-cultural experience celebrating the diversity in America. Celebrity chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich takes a culinary journey that will seat us at the table of families all across rural and urban America. From east to west, north to south, experience along with Lidia the diverse melting pot that is America. This series is a deeply personal journey that allows Lidia to share her culinary traditions, heritage and history with others who also have great stories to tell.
Life's Milestones (#202H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
Host Lidia Bastianich celebrates important milestones with a diverse group of Americans: a baptism with a Greek Orthodox family; a Navajo house blessing in Utah; college graduation seen through the eyes of a Brazilian-American Boston University student; and a sweet 16 birthday party for a young French-Cajun woman ready to make her debut as a Nashville country music star. Soprano Renee Fleming sings "You'll Never Walk Alone."
Weddings: Something Borrowed, Something New (#102H) Duration: 56:46 STEREO TVG (Secondary audio: DVI)
In the continuing tradition of celebrating culture through food, this second special focuses on the traditions surrounding weddings. The first sequence features an African-American wedding in New Orleans complete with marching brass band and traditional regional cuisine that includes jambalaya, crawfish and pralines.
Next there's an Asian Indian-American wedding that features actor Mario Cantone, who played a wedding planner in TV's "Sex in the City." Also featured in this portion of the film is Indian actress and food writer Madhur Jaffrey who teaches Lidia about the classic Indian wedding dishes, including tandoori specials, seafood kebabs and a variety of Indian breads.
The third wedding features a Korean-American wedding with celebrity fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi,who creates a special outfit for Lidia to wear to this wedding. There is also added commentary and perspective on Korean culture from Survivor winner and host of "America Revealed", Yul Kwon.
The final wedding in the program offers the opportunity to examine the marriage of two cultures - Irish-American and Italian-American. The wedding is a classic mix of Irish and Italian cultures with music and food represented from each.