Locals were lucky enough to meet celebrity chef, Food Network star and author Giada De Laurentiis when she was in town as the special guest at the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation’s Twenty-fifth Anniversary event “An Evening with Giada.” The evening included a VIP reception, where guests mingled with Giada while dining on dishes created from recipes in her latest book — the latest in a string of best-sellers. Head Chef Margherita Aloi of Il Palio’s Restaurant in Shelton prepared the food, allowing Giada to mix and mingle. The tasteful evening was hosted and presented by Bob and Barbara Scinto and R. D. Scinto Inc., so it made sense that after dinner, guests walked to the nearby RD Scinto Auditorium for a discussion with Giada, which I was lucky enough to moderate. With abundant charm and natural friendliness, Giada talked about healthy living and eating. “You eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything,” Giada told the audience. As a parting gift, each guest received signed copies of Giada’s latest book, Giada’s Feel Good Food: My Healthy Recipes and Secrets.
Want a little insight into the book? In it she mentions how she made "little adjustments here and there, changing bit by bit"— like cutting down on sugar to take control of her energy levels. She also mentions that these days she is much more mindful of what she eats and how much (yes, portions). One of the tips I liked best is for when she's traveling a lot (which is frequently); she turns to juices and smoothies "to help rewire" her body (see those recipes in the book). I also love her clever packing secret — all her outfits are planned out and packed in gallon-size zip-top bags — how easy is that?
Lori Luciano, Patty McDermott, Giada, Alivia Aron
As for being a busy mom and celebrity, she also shares her secrets for staying prepared and looking beautiful. Hint, in your handbag, carry such lifesavers as green tea bags and scented hand wipes. And for gorgeous locks, she has a mix of avocado and olive oil that sounds soothing. As for gorgeous glowing skin, which we all wish we had, she shares her family's generations-old beauty routine, which includes exfoliation each night.
The book is as beautiful and healthful as its author, so enjoy! (P.S. My favorite new, quick recipe is Artichoke Soup with Fresh Mint on page 105 of Giada’s Feel Good Food.)