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All programs are offered free of charge by the Dorothea van Dyke McLane Association to anyone in the community with an interest in Italian culture.

Doors open at 4:45 pm. Seating is limited. Due to fire regulations, when seating capacity has been reached we regret that we may have to turn people away from that evening’s program.

Programs are followed by informal get-togethers where one can chat with old and new friends, and taste dishes and offerings brought by participants.

There is no reception after a movie, however a few people usually get together at a local restaurant or coffee shop. All movies are in Italian with English subtitles.

In case of cancellation of a program due to inclement weather or unexpected reasons, please check this Web site or call Dorothea’s House for information.

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Renowned restauranteur, TV personality and author Lidia Bastianich to talk about her biography, “My American Dream.”

February 24, 2019 @ 3:00 pm

Renowned restauranteur, TV personality and author Lidia Bastianich will appear at Dorothea’s House on Feb. 24, 2019 at 3 p.m. to talk about her biography, “My American Dream.”

Tickets to the event, which include a copy of the book, are $75.00 and seats are limited. Proceeds to benefit scholarship fund. Please send a check, made out to “Dorothea’s House” to Eleanor Pinelli, 143 Mountain Ave, Princeton, NJ. 08540. Also include your name, address, email and telephone number. Tickets are limited, and are first come, first serve, and will be sold according to postmark date on envelope when received.


From the best-selling cookbook author, beloved and award-winning television personality, and hugely successful restaurateur–a heartwarming, emotional, revelatory memoir told with all her hallmark warmth and gusto.

Lidia’s story begins with her upbringing in Pula, a formerly Italian city turned Yugoslavian under Tito’s communist regime. She enjoys a childhood surrounded by love and security–despite the family’s poverty–learning everything about Italian cooking from her beloved grandmother, Nonna Rosa. When the communist regime begins investigating the family, they flee to Trieste, Italy, where they spend two years in a refugee camp waiting for visas to enter the United States–an experience that will shape Lidia for the rest of her life. At age 12, Lidia starts a new life in New York. She soon begins working in restaurants as a young teenager, the first step toward the creation of her own American dream. And she tells in great, vivid detail the fulfillment of that dream: her close-knit family, her dedication and endless passion for food that ultimately leads to multiple restaurants, many cookbooks, and twenty years on public television as the host of her own cooking show. An absolute must-have for the millions of Lidia fans.


February 24, 2019
3:00 pm
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