Cooking with Giada de Laurentiis Pt. 1

We’ve been so busy these last few weeks and now I finally have time to share with you all of our experiences. So strap on your seat belts and enjoy the ride.

If you’re a real foodie, you would have followed all of the excitement around the New York Wine & Food Festival during the 2nd week of October.


Last year, we tried to attend as many events as could without spending a bunch of money. Some of the events can get a bit pricey, but definitely worth the experience. While attending the Target’s Fun & Fit event last year, we watch Sunny Anderson and Giada de Laurentiis cook some amazing meals.

Watching these wonderful women on the stage, lit a spark within us and was our inspiration for really pursuing our love for food. Little did LaurenAsh know, that I was making a promise to myself that I’d be cooking with one of these ladies, during the same time a year from then.

This is living proof that, when you set a goal and believe in it, anything is possible.


Yes, here I am, with the famous Giada de Laurentiis, after a long day of dinner service for her guests during her “Italian Paradise Dinner” sponsored by the New York Wine & Food Festival.

Marinate on that for a bit and I share with you my journey of how I ended up here.


Getting to Know Giada De Laurentiis!

So last night we participated in a live twitter party with the talented Giada De Laurentiis, sponsored by Women’s Health magazine. It was a blast! Participants were able to #AskGiada as many questions as they wanted to. Giada provided prompt responses and the Women’s Health twitter team gave great feedback as well. Being a Giada fan, so going to grab a copy of November’s issue.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Giada in-person when we attended the “Fun and Fit in the City” event during NYC’s Wine and Food Festival a few weeks ago. During the set-up for her live demo we waited patiently in the audience as the team transformed the stage.

Within moments, the crowd cheered as Giada made her way to the stage and eagerly greeted the audience.

It was amazing watching her cook one of her famous pasta dishes, “Spaghetti nest”. Duly note, I will be trying to make this recipe soon! 🙂

Of course, Giada made sure she had plenty of helpers and even answered questions from the audience.

If there are any Giada fans out there. I have a (1) box of Giada’s Foccaia bread mix to giveaway!