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SWN February 23, 2021 Program

  • 23 Feb 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • ZOOM- Virtual Meeting


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Seacoast Women’s Network is excited and

pleased to announce our Feb. 23rd program

featuring Award Winning Local Celebrity Chef,

TV Host and Author

Mary Ann Esposito: Ciao Italia!

6:00pm - 8:00pm

Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series, Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito and the author of 13 cookbooks, including her most recent, Ciao Italia: My Lifelong Food Adventures in Italy. This year, the series celebrates its milestone 30th year of production, making it America's longest running television cooking series.

Mary Ann will be addressing the following topics on this evening:

  • How a woman in business can sustain the longest running cooking show in the country.
  • How a NH business can feature Italian recipes without a home-to-market native community.
  • How self-drive and vision can keep your dream alive through decades of challenges.
  • Fun and creative approaches to cuisine during a pandemic.
  • Fun facts from her cookbooks and TV show.


Through Ciao Italia and appearances on other programs including The Today Show, the Food Network, The Victory Garden, and many others, she has been able to share traditional Italian cooking, history and culture with audiences around the world. Mary Ann has also worked beside world-renowned chefs like Julia Childs and Jacques Pepin.

In addition, she established the Mary Ann Esposito Foundation to help culinary students achieve their goals. Recently, the Foundation announced the creation of the Rebecca Alssid Award, named for the founder of the culinary arts program at Boston University. This annual award is presented to qualifying students who are part of the gastronomy and culinary arts program. Mary Ann also teaches an online credit course at BU’s Metropolitan Campus and has been part of the Seminar in the Arts program for close to 30 years.

Mary Ann has been given numerous awards over the years, including the Star of Italy Cavaliere, a Distinguished Author Award from Johnson and Wales, a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy, and an honorary doctorate from St. Anselm College.

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