Thursday, May 28, 2009

Mark 20 Years of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito

Ciao Italia
is television's longest-running cooking show. Ever. In 2009, the show celebrates its 20th continuous year on the air. That's TV history.

Chef Mary Ann Esposito and her crew are back in Rhode Island to tape a new season of shows at the Rhode Island PBS studios in Providence. Mary Ann invites the public nella cucina - into her kitchen – for an up close and personal visit on Sunday, June 7, 2009, from 4 - 5:30 PM. The drop in “meet and greet” will be at WSBE Rhode Island PBS, 50 Park Lane, Providence, RI.

In addition to meeting Mary Ann, guests will tour the studio kitchen – the first new set in 19 years. The kitchen was first unveiled last summer during a great "sneak-peek" party during taping of the 19th season. The new kitchen was made possible by the vision and generosity of four Rhode Island companies: HSI Construction, Kenneth Castellucci and Associates, Douglas Lumber and Home Center, and Ann Huntoon Design. The kitchen made its national debute on TV earlier this spring when the shows taped last summer began airing on PBS stations nationwide.

Touring the set is always a favorite among visitors because they get to see the television magic that is usually hidden behind the scenes - stove powered by propane, not unlike the tanks attached to outdoor gas grills! And water piped in through a garden hose. True! (But think about it - how often would you need running water in a typical television studio anyway?)

Light refreshments – including an anniversary cake courtesy of Scialo Brothers Bakery on Federal Hill – will be served. There is no charge for the drop in meet and greet, but space is limited, and advance registration is required. Please make reservations no later than June 3 by calling 401-222-3636 x0, or online at