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Renowned Chef Highlights WPSU Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction

by on February 09, 2018 5:00 AM

WPSU Penn State’s annual Connoisseur’s Dinner and Auction will feature a renowned chef and PBS host sharing his unique Italian cuisine.

Nick Stellino, host of the PBS cooking show, “Nick Stellino: Storyteller,” will prepare a four-course meal for the event, which begins at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Nittany Lion Inn. The 26th annual fundraising cocktail reception, dinner and auction will support programming and operations of WPSU-TV.

“I want guests to experience joy, happiness, merriment and hope,” Stellino said in a release. “There is more to my food than just my ingredients. My audience’s engagement with my stories and food is at the center of who I am and what my purpose in life is. Come for the recipe, stay for the food.”

The The “Carnevale di Venezia” menu will include:

- First course: A trio of salad greens with black cherry dressing, feta and parmesan glazed croutons

- Second course: Shrimp with garbanzo beans, arugula and sun dried tomatoes in a chardonnay sauce

- Third course: Euro chicken breast stuffed with provolone and prosciutto, served with zucchini and porcini mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, and county-style potatoes

- Dessert: Apple custard tart

Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options will be available.

Tickets for the benefit dinner are $205 and are available at or by calling 814-863-6635. 

Stellino is originally from Palermo, Italy and immigrated to the United States at the age of 17 in 1975. He has published 12 cookbooks and has hosted several cooking shows that have aired on PBS and are syndicated internationally

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