Open Book/ Open Mind: Lidia Bastianich in Conversation with Marissa Rothkopf Bates – My American Dream
Thursday, March 21st, at 7PM at St. Luke’s Church, 73 S. Fullerton Ave, Montclair.
Lidia Bastianich is the author of thirteen cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television’s Lidia’s Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy’s highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. She will come to Montclair to discuss her memoir My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family and Food with Marissa Rothkopf Bates, a Montclair based food writer, columnist of the Newsweek “Gadget Lust” column, and a trained chef from the Institute of Culinary Education.
Tickets to this event can be purchased HERE and include a paperback copy of the book which can be signed at the event.
Non-perishable food donations will be accepted for Toni’s Kitchen at the event.
Wednesday, February 6th, 7 PM, Main Auditorium
Montclair’s own Charles Rosen, founder of New Ark Farms, will be in conversation with Chris Wilson, author of THE MASTER PLAN: My Journey from Life in Prison to a Life of Purpose.
Offering a fresh perspective on our criminal justice system, on crucial issues of mass incarceration, and
the importance of second chances for returning citizens, Chris will detail how he created a plan to change his life for the better.
Chris is now a speaker (regularly presenting to churches, conferences and community centers several times a month), advocate, and social entrepreneur dedicated to employing citizens returning from prison. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, and is the owner and founder of the Barclay Investment Corporation, a multi-service social enterprise specializing in residential and commercial contracting work. Barclay works closely with local workforce and social service providers to connect unemployed Baltimore City residents with clients who are in need of services.
Charles Rosen and Chris will discuss his journey and their shared experiences of providing employment to previously incarcerated people. Charles started New Ark Farms with the goal of re-establishing the maker economy in Newark and offering employment opportunities to an underserved community. For more information, please visit New Ark Farms.com.
Watchung Booksellers will have copies of The Master Plan for purchase and signing at the end of the event. This event is free to the public, thanks to grants from our Series sponsors, The Montclair Foundation and Investors Foundation. Please register to guarantee a seat at the event here.
Reserved seats have been taken. Unclaimed registered seats will be released to the standby line. Please join to the standby line in the cafe area at 3:20 if you are interested in attending and forgot to register.
More information at LINK…