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' ", POST-GAZETTE, FEBRUARY 15, 201 3 Page 9 8ocially Scene by 00lngela Cornacchio Famous host Mary Ann Esposito makes her way to the Hub for this weekend's Boston Wine Expo. (Photo courtesy of Ciao Italia Productions) The Boston Wine Expo has Arrived .... Last week I introduced the idea of at- tending the expo this com- ing Saturday, February 16 th and Sunday, February 17  at the Seaport World Trade Center. I covered the essen- tials and will include the basic information yet again but this week I highlighted what pairs best with all this wine, "The Food." This year two stages will spotlight the hottest chefs in New England, featuring Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger) and Bar- bara Lynch (Sportello, No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and The Butcher Shop). With the city having such a wide range of restaurants the chef lineup also includes; Chris Douglass - Ashmont Grille and Tavolo, Jose Duarte - Taranta, Dan Enos Oceanaire Seafood Room, Mary Ann Esposito - Host of Ciao Italia, Richard Garcia - 606 Congress, Andy Hus- bands -Tremont 647 & Sis- ter Sorel, Kevin Long - Em- pire, Tosca and Red Lantern, Pino Maffeo - Lucia, Dante de Magistris - Restaurant Dante, Richard Rayment - Seaport World Trade Center, Robert Tobin - Aura at the Seaport Hotel, Roseann Tully - Roseann Tully's Intermezzo Magazine and Josh Ziskin - LaMorra. David Venable will be at the Celebrity Chef Stage on Saturday and following his demonstration there will be a meet and greet book sign- ing. David Venable joined QVC as a program host in 1993 and has since helped establish and build the mul- timedia retailer's gourmet food business. His hit show, In the Kitchen with David, of- fers a unique interactive viewership experience and features the latest in gour- met foods, cookware, kitchen gadgets and cookbooks. While not a chef, Venable, well-known to his dedicated fans as "Your Resident Foodie," loves to cook and his passion revolves around all things food. This passion, coupled with his extensive knowledge of the industry, has solidified Venable's reputation as a sought-after host and TV personality. Venable also serves as a primary host for other QVC programming. On Sunday local lovely Tiffani Faison, a finalist on the first season of Bravo's reality show, Top Chef will be available to chat in the Xfinity Lounge. This Boston- ian, with her dry sarcasm and a hunger for success, has no problem telling you exactly what she thinks. Tiffani's intensity often alienates those who work around her, but she is very loyal to those who earn her trust. She demands perfec- tion in the kitchen and is not afraid to kick you out if you do not meet her stan- dards. She feels that the cu- linary arts is an outlet for her passion for food and cre- ativity and is one of the few things in life that consis- Matto Gallo Appraisals Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 523-3530 tently satisfies and chal- lenges her. Tiffani moved to Vegas in hopes of learning from other great chefs and worked as chef de partie under Daniel Boulud at his restaurant in the Wynn Hotel. She is headed back East where, in her opinion, the real cooking happens. During this transition pe- riod from Vegas to the East Coast, Tiffani decided to work as a food server at the fashionable Tao at The Venetian, where she is gaining the valuable experi- ence of being on the front lines with the customers She hopes to soon transition the valuable experience she gained working in top Las Vegas establishments into a kitchen opportunity back East. I was able to get a chance to speak with the one and only Mary Ann Esposito, host of Ciao Italia and Buffalo, NY native. Sunday Febru- ary 17  Mary Ann will be par- ticipating in a Grand Tasting cooking demo. This will be her fourth expo in Boston a ncl second year in a row. Nary Ann is a New Hamp- shire resident and host of her PBS show for the last 24 years and it was a real treat to get some insider information from a great Italian Chef. I dove right in and got to the good stuff by asking what she plans to prepare for the expo. Her reply, "A dish from my Ciao Italia Class Book, it is made up of recipes from three generations of my Ital- ian family. It's a very easy dish to prepare; I am focus- ing on something healthy with items that should be right in your pantry. It will be a Sicilian pasta dish; tuna, lemons and capers." When I asked what she was most looking forward to at the expo she got excited and said, "Meeting the fans! It's nice to interact since I spend my days staring into a camera. I really enjoy connecting with the people, hearing their feedback." Since this celebrity sighting is taking place at a wine expo, I figured why not see what blend this famous chef indulges in herself. "I am a red wine girl," she replied. "! enjoy a nice Primitivo Puglia or a Brunello Di Montalcino." In closing, I asked if she had any excit- ing projects coming up. "I leave in April for Italy to do some shows in Piedmonte, visit a cooking school in Tuscany and will be taking I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 Jerseys Boys on Broadway make their way into Boston with a new version of the classic. (Photo courtesy of Jersey Boys Productions) a group in June to a cooking school in Emilia Romagna." Mary Ann asked if I could share some special infor- mation with her fans, on www.ciaoitalia.com you can find 1,300 free recipes, 1,000 videos and if you ever miss an episode can catch it there. You can converse with these fantastic chefs at the Boston Wine Expo this Sat- urday and Sunday in the Seaport World trade Center. The Wine Expo is one of the city's most celebrated events of the year. It brings in so many quality products and people from around the world; this is a show you don't want to pass you by. For more info on show times, seminars, tickets and highlights visit www.wineexpoboston.com or call 877-946-3976. Jersey Boys in Boston ... The famous Broadway pro- duction is on tour for the second time and hits the Colonial Theater in Boston and will be playing until March 3% Jersey Boys is the story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time -- Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide -- all before they were 30. This new musical features their beloved hit songs Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Rag Doll, Oh What a Night and Can't Take My Eyes Off of You just to name a few. The show took stage in January and is booked through March 3% You can catch this blast from the past at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston Street, Boston. For more informa- tion on tickets and show times call (617) 426-9366. Family Science Days Finds its Way to the Hynes ... Saturday February 16 th and Sunday the 17 th from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston you can meet the Scientists at AAAS Family Science Days. Browse interactive tabletop exhibits, learn about cool science jobs and have your questions answered by ex- perts convened by AAAS. This free event is open to all, but organized especially for students in grade levels 6-12. You will be able to experi- ence; digging for artifacts, paint with bacteria, trick your brain and more. This community science show- case features hands-on dem- onstrations and other fam- ily and kid-friendly activities also shines a spotlight on a broad range of educators working to promote an inter- est in science among the general public. Free Science Fun can be had on Saturday, Febru- ary 16 m and Sunday, Febru- ary 17 m at the Hynes Conven- tion Center Boston Exhibit Hall D. For further informa- tion, demonstration times and transportation visit www.aaas.org. (Continued on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WW.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTOGRAPHY.COM