Host & Creator of PBS’ Ciao Italia, Mary Ann Esposito
Will Celebrate With Italians At New York City Festa Italiana

LINDENHURST, NY – On October 27, 2006, Mary Ann Esposito will join in the festivities at The First Annual Everything 4 Festa Italiana at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan. According to the National Italian American Foundation, New York State is home to over 2,000,000 Italian Americans. Fifty-three percent of those Italian Americans live in the five borrows or Long Island.

Everything 4 Festa Italiana is the first annual two-day event in New York City celebrating the best of all Italian products. This consumer indoor event, taking place on October 27 and 28, 2006, provides attendees with the opportunity to sample, view, purchase and appreciate Italian food, culture, coffee, wines, cars, cooking, travel. In short: everything Italian.

Mary Ann Esposito host and creator of PBS’ Ciao Italia, the longest-running cooking series on television, is renowned for her knowledge of traditional Italian cuisine. She has a warm, encouraging approach to instructing her audience of all ages. In spite of the tremendous body of culinary expertise she absorbed as the oldest of seven children, Mary Ann had no plans to pursue a cooking career in a kitchen. Her first career after graduating from Daemen College was as a high school history teacher.

Now, after producing her show of 17 years, Mary Ann has been recognized by countless organizations for her efforts to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian food and culture. Mary Ann has written nine cookbooks, with a tenth underway and her self-created production company, Mary Ann Esposito, Inc., has plans to produce programming with chefs who share her same dedication to authenticity and bringing home cooking backing en vogue.

Mary Ann will be appearing at the Everything 4 Festa Italiana on October 27, 2006 at 3pm and 7pm. She will be holding a half hour discussion with a book signing to follow.

Everything 4 Festa Italiana will take place October 27, 2006 12pm to 9pm and October 28, 2006 at 11am to 8pm at the Metropolitan Pavilion located at 125 West 18th Street in Manhattan. Tickets for the event are ten dollars if you pre-register online and fifteen dollars at the door. Children twelve and under are free. More information and tickets for this event can be found at www.everything4festaitaliana.com.

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