Laura Pensiero, RD

Creating a Sense of Place

Friday May 20, 5:30 pm

Location:  Veranda

By Laura Pensiero, RD

Gigi Hudson Valley: Gigi Trattoria, Rhinebeck, NY
Gigi Market & Catering, Red Hook, NY

Enjoying a full sensory experience in the Hudson Valley begins with the role of food in creating a sense of place – healthy for body and spirit, community relationships and the local economy. Learn how Laura Pensiero works with her talented team at Gigi Hudson Valley to provide a bountiful Hudson Valley roadmap to delicious and healthful gastronomy, “Mediterranean style!”.


Laura Pensiero  is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute (and recipient of its Outstanding Alumni award in 2010), a Registered Dietitian, and the owner and creative force behind Gigi Hudson Valley, (trattoria, market, catering). She co-authored The Strang Cancer Prevention Center Cookbook (McGraw-Hill 2004; Dutton 1998) and is the author of Hudson Valley Mediterranean: The Gigi Good Food Cookbook (HarperCollins 2009) – voted among the top 25 Cookbooks of the Year by Food & Wine in the 2010; and given Honorable Mention 2009 – Best Food Books by Publisher’s Weekly. Oprah chose Chef Laura’s “Hudson Valley Club Sandwich” as one of her “top ten favorite recipes of the decade” in the anniversary issue O, Oprah Magazine (Aug 2010).  She was also named among the top “Five Most Amazingly Giving and Gifted Food Professionals” for her notable work as nutrition and culinary educator in the 5th Anniversary Issue of O, Oprah Magazine. Throughout her career Laura has worked closely with chefs, the food and publishing industries and health institutions to “help people eat healthily and above all, happily.”

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