Celebrity Chef Lidia Bastianich And Family Honored For Supporting Cancer Research

Lidia Bastianich (Photo source: www.lidiasitaly.com)

The 15th Annual Hamptons Happening, one of the Hamptons much-anticipated summer social events, will honor luminaries in the world of cuisine, business and fashion who are supporting the groundbreaking research of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF). The event takes place on Saturday, July 13, at the estate of Kenneth and Maria Fishel in Bridgehampton.

Among the event’s honorees is celebrity chef honoree Lidia Bastianich and generations of the Bastianich family. Lidia is an Emmy and James Beard Award-winning public television host, a bestselling cookbook author, restaurateur, co-owner of the Italian marketplace, Eataly, and purveyor of the best-selling artisanal Lidia’s pasta and sauce line. Lidia has married her two passions in life—her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya, with whom she is being honored at this event.

“The Bastianich family is honored to lend our support to the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation who, for more than 40 years, has made a difference in the lives of countless people living with cancer,” said Lidia Bastianich. “We applaud the foundation’s cutting-edge work with the science community to shut down the DNA of cancer. I ask you to support this event and the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation, so they may do even more to eradicate cancer.”

“We are grateful for the Bastianich family’s generous support of the SWCRF and The Hamptons Happening. The proceeds generated by the Hamptons Happening help support more than 30 scientists who are some of the world’s brightest minds working diligently to develop a cure for cancer. The SWCRF seeks to award $1,600,000 in new grants this year and community support is critically important in this effort,” said Samuel Waxman, M.D., founder and CEO of the SWCRF.

In addition to supporting the event, Lidia Bastianich and her family will showcase chefs and tastings from their acclaimed New York City restaurants including Felidia, Del Posto, Becco and Otto Enoteca Pizzeria along with tastings from the Bastianich Winery located in the Friuli Colli Orientali region of Italy.

SWCRF will also honor Ian Duke, legendary owner of three restaurants in the South Fork as the restaurateur honoree; Antonella Bertello, real estate entrepreneur and owner of the historic and luxurious The Baker House 1650 bed and breakfast in East Hampton as the business honoree; and iconic womenswear designer Nicole Miller as fashion honoree.

“We are always grateful and moved by the generosity of our honorees, sponsors, guests, and the more than 30 participating chefs, restaurants, wine and spirit makers and food purveyors who make this fun summer event possible,” said Dr. Waxman.

This year, the Hamptons Happening has been reinvented to bring guests the flavors of the world to Bridgehampton for one night. More than 350 guests will skip a trip to the airport and instead, book “first class” tickets to the 15th Annual Hamptons Happening “Tour de Cuisine” on July 13 to enjoy food, wine and spirit tastings representing some of the favorite culinary destinations around the world.

Pat Farrell and the Cold Spring Harbor Band (The Billy Joel Tribute Show) and DJ Jarrell Entertainment will have guests dancing under the tent all night. Rising pop star Caly Bevier who was a finalist on America’s Got Talent after an ovarian cancer diagnosis at age 15, will delight fans with a special performance.

For a complete listing of participating restaurants and beverage sponsors, please visit www.waxmancancer.org/hamptons.

In its 15th year, the Hamptons Happening was one of the first charity events for cancer research to offer tastings from South Fork’s and New York City’s most celebrated chefs. While the Hamptons summer calendar has become filled with an assortment of food- and wine-related events, only the Hamptons Happening supports research that is uncovering the genetic and non-genetic changes that lead to cancer in the brain, breast, ovaries, pancreas, prostate, and other organs as well as blood-borne cancers such as leukemia and lymphoma..

The Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to curing and preventing cancer. For more information about the SWCRF, visit www.waxmancancer.org.


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