Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate – Media, 610-740-3790

Presentation, Food Tasting and Book Signing will highlight Italian Cooking Styles and the Wines that Enhance Them

Allentown, PA (October 10, 2005) – Certified Culinary Professional Sharon Sanders and her husband Walter Sanders live by the Italian adage, "Eat no food without wine, drink no wine without food."

On October 21, 2005, Cedar Crest College will welcome these passionate advocates of the Italian way of life to campus to share their knowledge of genuine regional cooking styles and the delightful wines that enhance them. The presentation and food tasting will be held in the Oberkotter Center for Health and Wellness, Room 1, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Sharon and Walter met and married in Florence, Italy, and lived there for several years. Their enthusiasm for the healthful, vibrant Mediterranean lifestyle has inspired cooks throughout the country to stock their kitchens with extra-virgin olive oil and red wine. "You don't have to live in Italy to live like an Italian," she says. "My goal is to translate that magical spirit of Italy into the American way of life through simple recipes and sharing stories."

Sharon Sanders is a nationally recognized authority on the simple pleasures of Italian food and life. She publishes a free monthly email SimpleItaly™ Newsletter from her website,, and is the featured chef for Filippo Berio Olive Oil at She is a frequent contributor to Cooking Light and other national publications.

Her book Cooking Up an Italian Life: Simple Pleasures of Italy in Recipes and Stories is named to the “Top 10 Italian Cooking and Wine Books” at The book will be available for purchase and signing following the presentation.

The event, sponsored by the Cultural Advisory Board at Cedar Crest College, is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. To reserve a space, please contact the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791.


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