Easton Hospital Welcomes Celebrity Chef Anne Burrell
Easton, PA – August 14, 2015 –Easton Hospital welcomes celebrity chef Anne Burrell to the State Theatre as part of the 5th annual Girls’ Night Out on October 28th.
Girls’ Night Out is a health fair and women’s exposition with a variety of shopping vendors. Over the last few years, the event has had an average attendance of 700 women. This year, in honor of Easton Hospital’s 125th Anniversary, the event has cooked up a new twist.
“The City of Easton has become the culinary epicenter of the Lehigh Valley,” says event organizer Janine Santee, community outreach coordinator at Easton Hospital. “We’ve leveraged that reputation by bringing in a chef of Anne Burrell’s caliber and character. She should feel right at home in Easton.”
Ms. Burrell will present on the Main Stage at the State Theatre at 7 p.m. Her show includes a question and answer portion and a cooking demo. She will be signing books after the show as well. Tickets will go on sale at the State Theatre box office for $26 on August 28th.
The core elements from Girls’ Night Out will remain intact despite the expansion of the event. In the Easton Hospital Gallery and Acopian Room at the State Theatre, beginning at 5 p.m., will be a free evening of physician interactions, wellness information, culinary arts and shopping from over 60 local vendors.
“We should probably change the name to Foodies’ Night Out,” Santee says. “There will be something there for everyone, not just the girls.”
There will be an emphasis on vendors from the soon-to-open Easton Public Market. The downtown space, once occupied by the Weller Center, will be a regional destination, creating a downtown food district when partnered with the robust Easton Farmers’ Market. The new public market will feature a butcher, seafood counter, demonstration kitchen and several ready-to-eat vendors.
“We see this event as an opportunity to introduce and showcase the vendors who will be permanently based at the Easton Public Market to a crowd that cares about cooking, food preparation and local ingredients,” says Megan McBride, manager of the Easton Farmers’ Market.
“Easton Hospital is a big supporter of the downtown programming with its sponsorships of the State Theatre, Downtown Gift Card and Easton Farmers’ Market,” says John Zidansek. “So it was a natural fit to hold our event at the State, bring in Anne Burrell and work with our market partners. We are excited about the continued revitalization of downtown with the new Easton Public Market. It is going to be a fun night for both men and women.”
The Girls’ Night Out event is free and open to the public. It will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m
For information on sponsorships, program advertising and vendor registration, contact Janine Santee at 610-250-4952. For tickets to Anne Burrell, contact the State Theatre box office at (610) 252-3132 or visit www.statetheatre.org. Fees apply. This is not a State Theatre Production. State Theatre Member Benefits and Gift Cards do not apply.
About Easton Hospital
Easton Hospital is a 254-bed acute care teaching hospital serving more than 300,000 residents in Northampton County and the five surrounding counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Founded in 1890, the hospital is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. The hospital offers an active Emergency Department which sees more than 32,000 annual visits; a cardiac care program recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center and one of 55 designated Heart Attack Receiving Centers in the country; a Center for Orthopedics, Joint and Spine which is accredited by the Joint Commission for both total-hip and total-knee replacement; a certified Primary Stroke Center; a Surgical Weight Loss program designated as an accredited center in Bariatric Surgery; and the Easton Regional Cancer Center which is a Fox Chase Cancer Center Partner. In addition, the hospital maintains two free-standing, fully-accredited residency training programs in surgery and internal medicine. For more information and a complete list of services offered at Easton Hospital, visit the hospital’s website: www.easton-hospital.com.
About Anne Burrell
With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne Burrell has worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, battled alongside Mario Batali as his sous chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and wrote a New York Times best-selling cookbook.
In Fall 2015, Anne will host the debut series of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, where she mentors teams of celebrities who are in serious need of some cooking pointers. In addition, Anne hosts Worst Cooks in America, a prime-time reality show where she leads a team of hopeless home cooks from around the country through culinary boot camp. The sixth season premiered in January 2015 and Anne went on to reclaim her victorious title as the season’s winner. Chef Wanted’s third season premiered in August 2013 where Anne put top-notch chefs through the ultimate job interview as they strived to land the Executive Chef position in restaurants around the country. In her Food Network series, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, she eliminated the intimidation of restaurant dishes and revealed concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook. Anne also starred in her own right on Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs in Fall 2011.
Anne published her first cookbook, “Cook Like a Rock Star,” in 2011, which gives home cooks the confidence and support to be rock stars in their own kitchens. Her cookbook earned a place on The New York Times Bestseller List. Anne’s second book, “Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire and Empower” was released in October 2013.
Growing up in upstate New York, Anne’s passion for food and cooking began at an early age. After obtaining an English and communication degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, she pursued her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling in the Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation, she spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners while working at La Taverna del Lupo in Umbria and La Bottega del’ 30, a 30-seat restaurant that offers only one seating a night in Tuscany. During this year, Anne grew to truly appreciate and understand the philosophy of Italian cuisine and culture, which left a lasting impact on her culinary point of view.
Upon her arrival in New York City, Anne was hired as a sous chef at Felidia Restaurant, working with Lidia Bastianich. She then served as a chef at Savoy where she cooked over an open wood fire and created flavorful Mediterranean-inspired menus. Here Anne developed her personal culinary style: a real love of rustic food made with pure and simple ingredients with intense flavors.
Anne took the opportunity to spread her culinary knowledge and passion as a teacher at the Institute of Culinary Education. Shortly after, she joined the Batali-Bastianich empire by accepting a job at Italian Wine Merchants. The job also included salumi production and traveling to off-site events with Mario Batali. When Mario became one of Food Network’s esteemed Iron Chefs, he knew exactly who to enlist as his sous chef: the talented and dynamic Anne Burrell.
As the executive chef at New York hot spot Centro Vinoteca from its opening in July 2007 through September 2008, Anne served up her “creative-authentic” Italian menu of small plates (piccolini), antipasti, pastas and main courses accented by her trademark bold, pure flavors.
Burrell feels fortunate to have found a field that satisfies her so completely. “I feel so lucky that I have found my true passion in life.”