Les Dames D’Escoffier Present Una Bella Notte Con Lidia Bastianich


Gala Dinner with Chef/Owner/TV Personality Fundraises For Les Dames d’Escoffier Scholarships

An unforgettable evening of Italian food, wine and song is in store for fans of Lidia Bastianich as the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier honours the Emmy award-winning TV personality, cookbook author and restaurateur. Sit down for a Gala dinner with Lidia on September 23, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver and support Les Dames d’Escoffier’s outreach and scholarship programs. Now, that’s amore!

Una Bella Notte con Lidia begins with a Taittinger champagne reception and is followed by a multi-course dinner prepared by Vancouver’s leading chefs with exquisite wine pairings. The evening closes with an after lounge party. The witty and genial Fanny Kiefer raises a glass or two amidst the dinner party chatter as special guests share their favourite Lidia stories.

In conjunction with the participating luminary chefs, Les Dames member and Executive Chef Margaret Chisholm of Culinary Capers Catering has created the following menu for the magical evening of food and wine.

Les Dames D’Escoffier Gala Honours Lidia Bastianich


Lidia’s Octopus Salad on Potato

Frico, Moscato Poached Pear, Black Pepper Mascarpone

Gnocchi with Rosemary Brined Walnut, Roast Squash and Brown Butter

Margaret Chisholm, Culinary Capers Catering

Taittinger Brut Reserve Champagne


Albacore Tuna Tonnato

JC Poirier, Ask for Luigi, Pizzeria Farina and Pourhouse

Tightrope Winery Riesling 2015

Grilled Sea Scallops, Cauliflower Salad and Green Herbs Coulis

Weimar Gomez, YEW seafood + bar, Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Duckhorn Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc 2015

Cannelloni of Chocolate with Duck Confit

Pino Posteraro, Cioppino’s Mediterranean Grill & Enoteca

Tenuta Olim Bauda Rocchette Barbera D’Asti 2013

Mixed Mushroom Carnaroli Risotto, Truffle, Parmesan, Cherry Reduction, Arugula Pesto

Les Dames alumni and Season 2 Chopped Canada champion, Alana Peckham,

Northwest Culinary Academy of Vancouver/Alligga

Marimar Estate Mas Cavalls Pinot Noir 2008

Lo Stock Farms Squab, Painted Mountain Corn Polenta, Lacinto Kale, Anise

Robert Belcham, Campagnolo and Campagnolo Roma

Tommasi Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso 2014

Primo Bistecca Tagliata

Jean-Claude Douguet, Gotham Steakhouse & Bar

Duckhorn Vineyards Merlot 2013

Chocolate Almond Torte, Poached Pears, Pecan Wafers, Blackberry Ice Cream

Rhonda Viani, West

Taylor Fladgate 10 Year Old Tawny Port

After Lounge

Artisanal Limoncello Cheesecake Gelato

James Coleridge, Bella Gelateria

Terra Serena Prosecco – D.O.C. Treviso and Gillespie’s Fine Spirits Lemoncello

Tickets are $325 per person and can be purchased through the Les Dames d’Escoffier website at www.lesdames.ca/gala/. Each guest receives a signed copy of Lidia’s cookbook, Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine as a memento of the evening. Seating at the long communal table is limited for this special evening and once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet an iconic personality and fellow New York based Les Dames d’Escoffier member, Lidia Bastianich. Come join us for a delicious evening and a taste of Italy.

Les Dames d’Escoffier Gala

September 23, 2016

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

791 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC  V6C 2V4

Reception: 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

Dinner: 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm

After Lounge: 11:00 pm onwards

Sponsors for the evening include the gracious and generous support of:

Vintage Corks

Pacific Wine & Spirits

The Wine List

Gillespie’s Fine Spirits

Appetite by Random House, Penguin Random House Canada

Pedersen’s Rentals & Events

Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

Domenica Fiore

Koncept by Flowerz

Tala Florist


For those wishing to stay overnight at the Four Seasons Hotel and take the elevator home, a special preferred rate of $350 plus applicable taxes is extended to all guests. Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s reservations at 604.689.9333 and asking for the Friends of Les Dames d’Escoffier rate or online at www.fourseasons.com/vancouver with code CI1016DAM.

About Les Dames d’Escoffier

Les Dames d’Escoffier is an international association of professional women dedicated to supporting the advancement of people in the hospitality and culinary domains as well as fostering industry excellence through educational and charitable activities.  Each year, the BC Chapter holds special events to raise funds in support of its local endeavors.  For more information on the BC Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier, visit www.lesdames.caFacebook or follow us on Twitter @LesDamesBC. For information on Les Dames d’Escoffier International, please visit www.ldei.org.

About Lidia Bastianich

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. Lidia also has a line of pastas and all natural sauces called LIDIA’S. Along with her son, Joe Bastianich, Mario Batali and Oscar Farinetti, the team opened Eataly, the largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplaces in New York City, Chicago and Sao Paolo, Brazil and the soon-to-be Toronto location. For further information about Lidia, please visit www.lidiasitaly.com.

Featured image: Lidia Bastianich Photo credit – Diana DeLucia


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