Attention Houston-area fans of Italian cuisine!
In case you weren’t already lining up outside Central Market, pup tent under one arm and dog-eared copies of Molto Italiano and The Babbo Cookbook under the other, Mario Batali, the great lion himself, and Joseph Bastianich (restauranteur, Batali’s partner in crime and son of the sainted Lidia Bastianich) will be greeting fans and autographing books this Thursday, May 1st from 2:30pm to 4:00pm at the Central Market at Westheimer and Weslayan. For more information, check out Central Market’s website here. Tickets can be picked up at the Guest Services desk, one per person. Your ticket is good for you and one friend, so choose wisely. According to Alison Cook, there are only a few tickets left, so hustle on over there!
If you’re in Dallas or Austin, and also want your chance to meet some Italian culinary legends, take heart: Joseph Bastianich and the patron saint of Italian food, Lidia Bastianich, (squee!!!) will also be at the Dallas Central Market on Friday, May 2nd for a meet-and-greet and book signing (contact store for more details on tickets and times at 214-509-9215). Dallas foodies: I am so jealous of you right now. That might be the only time you ever hear me say that, too, so note this for posterity.
Austinites won’t be able to meet Mario or Lidia, but will be treated to an event that I think is just as special: a wine class with Joseph Bastianich at the North Lamar location this Wednesday, April 30th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. Tickets are $20.00 per person, and I imagine the class will fill up pretty quickly (if it hasn’t already). More details can be found here. Bastianich will also be signing books that afternoon in the wine department, from 2:00pm to 4:00 pm.
Images courtesy of Wine Spectator and New York Magazine.