Lidia Celebrates America: About the Series


Join celebrity chef and author Lidia Bastianich as she travels across the United States in a celebration of culture through food. Lidia Celebrates America explores the American immigrant experience through its festivities. Lidia listens as multiple generations of Americans explain the importance of food in preserving cultural traditions.

Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning television host, best-selling cookbook author, and restaurateur. She has held true to her Italian roots and culture, which she proudly and warmly invites her fans to experience.

For more on Lidia, visit Lidia’s Italy, or keep up with her adventures through Lidia’s Blog. And, Lidia would love to hear from you! Visit Lidia Celebrates America and share a favorite recipe or story.



2017 James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes–Best Special.
2016 James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays–Best Special.
Telly Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom & Independence.
2014 Nominated for James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom & Independence–Best Television Program, On Location.
New York Film Festivals finalist for Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings – Something Borrowed, Something New.




Digital Executive Producer: Meredith Nierman
Digital Producer: Anna Fort
Design Production: Anna Fort
Photography: Meredith Nierman

Executive Producer: Laurie Donnelly
Senior Program Producer: Anne Adams
Associate Producer: Dylan Leavitt
Post Production Supervisor: Ben Reichman
Business Manager: Catherine Giarrusso
Coordinating Producer & Production Manager: Salme M.López Sabina

Station Relations:
Bara Levin
Matthew Midura
Jeffrey Elias

Tavola Productions

Supervising Producer: Shelly Burgess Nicotra
For WGBH Boston – Senior Executive in Charge: Denise Dilanni
Executive Producers: Lidia Bastianich & Laurie Donnelly

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