This summer, Guild Hall will be hosting three culinary celebrities for their Stirring the Pot conversation series. The interviews with curator and host Florence Fabricant will take place at 11 a.m. on three consecutive Sundays in August.
On August 11, chef and best-selling cookbook author Lidia Bastianich will be the first Stirring the Pot speaker. Lidia is the chef and owner of acclaimed New York City restaurants Felida, Becco, Esca, and Del Posto, as well as restaurants in Pittsburgh and Kansas City. Recently, she teamed up with Mario Batali, Oscar Farinetti, and her son Joe Bastianich to open Eataly, the wildly popular artisanal Italian marketplace in New York City.
On August 18, renowned chef Thomas Keller of The French Laundry, Per Se, Bouchon, Bouchon Bakery, Bar Bouchon, and Ad Hoc will be the second speaker. The only American chef to hold multiple three-star ratings by the Michelin Guide, Keller is an expert in the field of French cuisine. He is devoted to bringing the tradition of French cuisine to America, and was recently selected as a Chevalier of the French Legion of Honor, the highest decoration in France.
The final speaker is food writer Melissa Clark on August 25 After earning an M.F.A. in writing from Columbia University, she became a freelance food writer. She has now written for Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Every Day with Rachel Ray, Martha Stewart, and many others, along with her weekly column for The New York Times called A Good Appetite. Clark has written 32 cookbooks; her most recent was released in 2011. The Modern Vegetarian Kitchen, which was a collaboration with Peter Berley, won a James Beard Award and a Julia Child Cookbook Award in 2000.
Tickets are $15 each, or $40 for the series of three (discount for Guild Hall members). Each conversation starts at 11 a.m. with a book signing to follow. Visit www.guildhall.org/events for more information or call (631) 324-0806.