Ciao Italia Returns Home

Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito Returns Home!

April 24, 2021: St. Mary’s High School – 5 p.m. Reception & 6 p.m. Demonstration 

April 25, 2021: St. Mary’s High School – 1 p.m. Reception & 2 p.m. Demonstration 

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Please help us in welcoming back Mary Ann Esposito and her husband Dr. Guy Esposito (St. Mary’s HS class of 1960) as she guides us through a selection of dishes from the various regions of Italy and her childhood here in Western New York.

Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and the author of 13 cookbooks including her most recent, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. Ciao Italia has been viewed by millions over its 30-year history making it the longest-running food show on television today!

Numerous organizations have recognized Mary Ann for her efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian regional food and culture. She received the Order of the Star of Italy Cavaliere award from the President of the Italian Republic as well as the Premio Artusi award for her work in promoting Italian food. The Italian Trade Commission further distinguished Mary Ann by naming her a Hall of Fame honoree. The Order Sons of Italy in America honored Mary Ann with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy award.

Mary Ann holds a Masters Degree from the University of New Hampshire. Johnson and Wales University presented Mary Ann with their Distinguished Author Award. St. Anselm College conferred an honorary doctorate for her dedication to teaching and preserving authentic Italian cuisine. Finally, Mary Ann and her husband, Dr. Guy Esposito, are graduates and high school sweethearts from St. Mary’s High School Class of 1960.

New Announcement

As a way to thank all of the ticket purchasers for their patience and understanding, Mary Ann has agreed to add a little bonus! As a ticket purchaser or sponsor, you will be invited to attend two Zoom Q &A sessions with Mary Ann!

  • The first will be in November – just prior to Thanksgiving – where she will help us all add a touch of Italian Heritage to our Thanksgiving Celebration.
  • The other will be in February, giving us a chance to bring a touch of Italian Culinary Sunshine to the deep, dark days of a Buffalo winter.
  • Specifics will be provided in late September for these virtual events.

More details about the actual event in April to follow…

Sponsorship information can be found here.

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