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Date: February 20, 2006
Media Contact: Elizabeth Homan, 301-251-7970; Steve Simon, 301-251-7952

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Montgomery College to Host ‘Celebrating Food’ Seminar on March 4
All-day Event to Feature Hands-on Cooking Classes, Talks by Local Chefs, Food Expo

Montgomery College and the Washington D.C. chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier International invite the community to attend “Celebrating Food,” a full-day seminar and salute to women in gastronomy, on Saturday, March 4, from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. The event will be held at Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, located at 51 Mannakee Street, Rockville, Md.  The cost is $75 for registration before February 24, $85 after February 24, and $35 for students with school identification.

“Celebrating Food” will begin with continental breakfast and a talk by keynote speaker Chef Lidia Matticchio Bastianich on the topic of “Lidia’s Italian Table: Her Family, Her History, Her Patrons.”  Bastianich owns four restaurants—Felidia’s and Becco in New York and Lidia’s in Pittsburgh and Kansas City—and is the celebrated author of six cookbooks. She starred in two PBS television series—“Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen” and “Lidia’s Italian Table.” 

After the talk, guests will have their choice of attending hands-on cooking classes or more than 10 panel talks featuring advice from local chefs and food experts. The afternoon includes a luncheon provided by L’Academie de Cuisine and a food expo, which will provide guests with the opportunity to sample new products, shop for cookware and books, and speak one-on-one with experts. The event concludes with a champagne and birthday cake reception celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Washington chapter of Les Dames.

“Celebrating Food” is presented by Les Dames, the Montgomery College International Education Program, Montgomery College Marriott Hospitality Center, and the Montgomery College Women’s Studies Program. 

For more information, contact Dr. Gail Forman, director of the International Education Program at Montgomery College, at 301-251-7443 or send an email to:

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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md.  The College serves more than 55,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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