Small towns are the heart of our nation, rich in traditions that have been handed down generation after generation. I feel honored for the opportunity to gain access to people’s long-held cultural traditions. ~ Lidia Bastianich
Premiered December 18 on PBS.
In rural, small towns across the country, Americans are preserving their cultures through food and traditions. In Lidia Celebrates America: A Heartland Feast, Lidia travels to some of these communities, sharing the stories of the people she meets and giving us a lens into their world. “I really respect rural America,” says Lidia “because that is what holds America together. It’s those people that really are the heartbeat of America.”
- Pennsylvania & Shoofly Pie Not long after Lidia’s arrival in the U.S., she moved to the small town of Sunbury in central Pennsylvania, where she attended the local high school. Continue
- Natchitoches, Creole Country, Louisiana Filé, Gumbo and Southern Ice Tea; Lidia has arrived in the heart of Louisiana Creole Country.Continue
- Pigs & Tamales in Denton, Texas This is a story of the wonders of a local state fair, a girl who raises pigs, and a restaurant famous for its tamales.Continue
- Buffalo Soldiers in Lawton Oklahoma Lawton, Oklahoma has a remarkable history. It sits right next to the Fort Sill Army base, which in the mid-1800’s was home to the famed Buffalo Soldiers.Continue
- The Hmong in Rural Wisconsin In the small town of Wausau, Wisconsin, Lidia meets members of the Hmong community, immigrants from Southeast Asia, who share some of their often heart-rending stories.Continue
- An Eelpout Festival in Walker, Minnesota For three days in February, fishermen come from hundreds of miles away to Walker, Minnesota, to ice fish for one of the ugliest-bottom-dwelling fish, the eelpout.Continue
Go Behind the Scenes
Slideshows: Go behind the scenes with Lidia, and view slideshows of some of the people and places she visited while filming A Heartland Holiday Feast!