Lidia Bastianich, the chef known for her public television cooking show and numerous cookbooks, will be the featured guest at an April 29 fundraising luncheon hosted by the Westport Young Woman’s League. / Contributed photo

WESTPORT — Celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich will be the featured guest at an April 29 luncheon hosted by the Westport Young Woman’s League to benefit its community grants program.

The “Lunch with Lidia” event will take place Monday, April 29, in Branson Hall of Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane. Tickets can be purchased for an hour-long VIP reception with Bastianich at 11:30 a.m., where attendees will receive a complimentary autographed copy of “Lidia’s From Our Family Table to Yours,” or for the general admission luncheon at 12:30 p.m., where the chef will be the featured speaker.

To purchase tickets online in advance, click here.

Theme of the gathering will be “an elegant rustic lunch in Tuscany, Westport-style,” according to the WYWL. Guests will receive an Italian cuisine gift from Cuisinart, the event sponsor. There also will be a raffle for a Cuisinart Custom 14-cup food processor.

Net proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Westport Young Woman’s League grants program, which awards money to nonprofits in lower Fairfield County. 

Grant recipients “demonstrate a worthy project or need that aligns with one of three categories we support, namely: providing good health and well-being to the community, providing quality educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, and supporting underserved women with little to no means,” Julianne Bochinski, the league’s grants director, said in a statement announcing the luncheon.

The 2024 WYWL grant award winners are: A Better Chance Westport, Caroline House, McGivney Community Center, CLASP Homes, Circle of Care, Club 203, Circle of Friends, the Levitt Pavilion and Westport Farmers Market.

Bastianich is the Emmy Award-winning host of her own cooking show on public television, a best‐selling cookbook author, restaurateur and co-owner of a food and entertainment business. In addition to two Emmy Awards, she has won seven James Beard Awards.

“It is my pleasure to join the Westport Young Woman’s League for their grants lunch gala,” Bastianich said in the publicity statement.

“I recall being a young immigrant to the United States and how our caring neighbors and local organizations gave my family support and advice while starting our new life,” she said. “I know firsthand the impact of such generosity and the power of community in cultivating a successful future.”