Meet Mary Ann Esposito at Caffe Italia – Marblehead, Mass.

April 6, 2024 - 2:00pm

Meet Award-Winning PBS Celebrity Chef Mary Ann Esposito

at Caffe Italia on April 6

Ticket price includes

• Autographed copy of Esposito’s Cookbook “Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!”

• Focaccia prepared by Caffe Italia using 2 of Esposito’s recipes

served with an accompanying wine pairing followed by a taste of gelato 

Event Sponsors are Caffe Italia and Marblehead Gardens

Seating is limited – please purchase your tickets soon!

The Marblehead Current invites you to a special afternoon of inspiration and conversation with PBS celebrity chef and cookbook author Mary Ann Esposito as she discusses her most recent book, “Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!” at Caffe Italia, 10 School St., in Marblehead, on Saturday, April 6, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In plenty of time to plan your own garden, Esposito will take us through the entire season-by-season culinary process from gardening to more than 100 easy, Italian-inspired recipes. She describes her award-winning book as “a seasonal home garden vegetable journey focusing on simple growing tips for anyone interested in growing their own vegetables and how to cook them Italian style. No green thumb necessary,” she emphasizes.

Esposito will be joined by her husband Guy, who supervises Ciao Italia’s gardens and is a physician, and by Linda Bassett, the Marblehead Current’s food writer and cookbook author.

Many know Esposito as the creator and host of the nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito,” America’s longest running television cooking show, and as the author of 14 cookbooks.

She has shared traditional Italian cooking, history and culture with audiences around the world through “Ciao Italia” and working beside Julia Child and Jacques Pepin as well as appearances on other programs including The Today Show,” the Food Network, and “The Victory Garden.”

Her significant work to preserve the traditions surrounding Italian regional food and culture have been recognized by numerous organizations including the Order of the Star of Italy Cavaliere award from the President of the Italian Republic and the Premio Artusi award for promoting Italian food. The Italian Trade Commission named her a Hall of Fame honoree. The Order Sons of Italy in America honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy award.   

Esposito earned a master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire and has been honored by Johnson and Wales University and St. Anselm College.

This special fundraising event is in support of the Marblehead Current, Marblehead’s nonprofit newspaper.

Seating is limited so be sure to purchase your ticket early.

Tickets are $60 each and are available online through the Marblehead Current’s website at The ticket price includes a signed copy of “Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!” as well as focaccia prepared by Caffe Italia using Esposito’s recipes from the cookbook accompanied by a wine pairing and followed by a taste of gelato.

“Ciao Italia: Plant, Harvest, Cook!” is a wonderful resource to keep for yourself or as a gift for Mother’s Day, birthdays and anniversaries – any and all of the spring celebrations.

This special event is sponsored by Caffe Italia and Marblehead Gardens.

Get your ticket online here.



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