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WSRE 50th Anniversary Food & Wine Classic – and Chef Lidia – Coming in October

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Local public television fans will want to save the dates for this year’s WSRE Wine & Food Classic, celebrating the station’s 50th broadcast year. A weekend of events is planned for Oct. 20-22 as follows.



“Tastes Through the Decades” Wine & Food Tasting

Hilton Pensacola Beach (Beachside Lawn), 6-9 p.m. 

Local chefs participate in this annual walkabout wine and food tasting, competing for the Earl Peyroux Culinary Legacy Award. Guests are encouraged to dress in 1960s attire. Wine sponsors are Silver Oak Winery and Republic National Distributing Company.



“Milestones & Memories” Black Tie Gala

Hilton Pensacola Beach (Ballroom), 7-11 p.m.

This evening of dancing, distinguished guests, fine wines and a dinner presentation from the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, Chef Lidia Bastianich, will be the high point of WSRE’s year-long anniversary celebration.


Public television leaders Pat Harrison, Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) president and CEO, and Paula Kerger, Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) president and CEO, are among the special guests expected to attend.



“Celebrate Like an Italian” with Silver Oak Wines

So Gourmet & Kitchenry, 407 S. Palafox Street, Pensacola, 1-3 p.m.

Guests will sample wines from Silver Oak Winery and meet Chef Lidia Bastianich, who will be signing copies of her new cookbook, Celebrate Like an Italian.


A Bodacious Family of Shops is presenting sponsor. Call (850) 484-1054 for sponsorship details. Ticket sales and information will be made available by Sept. 1 at

Mary Riker
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