From Sicily to Stratford Hall: World-Renowned Sicilian Chef Fabrizia Lanza to give talk and host luncheon in November

Media Contact: Jim Schepmoes
804-493-8038 ext. 8119

For Immediate Release

STRATFORD, VA, (October 24, 2013) –Join us on Saturday, November 16, 2013, beginning at 11:00 a.m. for a very special opportunity when Ms. Fabrizia Lanza, Sicilian chef and proprietor of the Case Vecchie cooking school, visits Stratford Hall for a talk and luncheon.

Ms. Lanza, daughter of the late Countess Anna Tasca, will discuss her new cookbook, Coming Home to Sicily: Seasonal Harvests and Cooking from Case Vecchie, with a foreword by noted chef and author Alice Waters. The cookbook was recently featured in a New York Times article.

Case Vecchie is one of Europe’s most respected cooking schools. It is situated on one of the oldest and largest estates in Sicily and includes the family’s Tasca d’Almerita winery. Ms. Lanza, a former art historian and museum curator, returned to the family estate in 2007 to assist her mother in running the cooking school. Since then she has traveled the world hosting dinners and teaching classes in Sicilian cooking.

Ms. Lanza’s visit to Stratford Hall will begin with a presentation in the duPont Library at 11 a.m. where hors d’oeuvres and Tasca d’Almerita wine will be served. The presentation will be followed by a 12:30 p.m. four-course luncheon in the Dining Room featuring a seasonal harvest prepared under the direction of Ms. Lanza. A book signing in the Dining Room will follow the luncheon. Great House tours will also be available after the book signing.

The cost of the talk and luncheon is $100 per person. Seating is limited; reservations are required by November 8, 2013, and can be made by calling 804-493-1966, or by e-mailing Lodging is available Friday night, November 15, 2013 at the Inn at Stratford Hall. For more information, visit