Admit it. Rather than playing outdoors in the sunshine, you spent your summers watching PBS cooking shows, learning proper knife techniques and finding yourself in awe of the be-toqued on Great Chefs and those fortunate enough to have their own shows. (It's cool. Me too.) These days, the fortunate include Lidia Bastianich (Lidia's Italy). The Italian cooking maven and her wine-proficient son, Joe, will be on hand at Central Market, 5750 E. Lovers Lane, for a book and bottle signing at 2 p.m. Friday. The free event is limited to the first 500 customers who request a ticket at the CM info desk. From those customers, a lucky 50 will be drawn for a private class with the pair prior to the signing. Call 214-234-7000.
Fri., May 2, 2 p.m., 2008