As with her other specials, Lidia Celebrates America: Overcoming The Odds culminates with a gesture of food – a gathering of some of the people she has visited along the journey. For the taping, Lidia took over Contento, Yannick Benjamin’s restaurant profiled in the special, and she prepared dishes in honor of the men and women she met. Dishes included Chopped Salad with Frisee and Fennel inspired by Harlem Grown, Baked Rigatoni and Zucchini inspired by Jarrett Adams, and desserts honoring Lidia’s story, including Italian favorites including Babas Infused with Limoncello, and Tiramisu.
Watch Lidia celebrate with some of the inspirational people she met while making her latest special, Overcoming The Odds.
Scroll through images as Lidia prepares for the final celebration, getting the table ready, and greeting guests.
Lidia and Kristen Thomas prepare the chopped salad together for the celebratory meal.