By Lori Fredrich Senior Writer Published Oct 01, 2019 at 3:01 PM

It's time for Dining Month, presented by Deer District and its spooky Halloween-themed alter ego, Fear District. Throughout the month of October, we'll be serving up fun and fascinating content about all things food. The signature dish, however, is our 2019 Best of Dining poll, with winners getting dished out all month long. Get hungry, Milwaukee!

This article was updated on Oct. 7. 

On Nov. 19, award-winning chef, author and television personality Lidia Matticchio Bastianich will return to Milwaukee to celebrate the release of her new cookbook, "Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant."

Ever since it opened its doors on Manhattan’s Upper East Side in 1981, Felidia has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. In Bastianich’s new book, Lidia and longtime Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra share 115 of the recipes that capture both spirit of the Felidia, from pastas and primi to appetizers and soups, meats, breads and spreads.

The event, presented by Boswell Book Company, Bartolotta Catering and Events and Milwaukee PBS, will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St., and will feature Bastianich in conversation with Kyle Cherek.

Tickets for the event are $45 per person and include admission to the talk, a copy of "Felidia" and light appetizers. A cash bar will also be available. A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated back to PBS Milwaukee. For more information, visit

Lori Fredrich Senior Writer

Lori Fredrich (Lo) is an eater, writer, wonderer, bon vivante, traveler, cook, gardener and girlwonder. Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, she has tried to leave many times, but seems to be drawn to this quirky city that smells of beer and alewives.

Some might say that she is a little obsessed with food. Lo would say she is A LOT obsessed with food. After all, she has been cooking, eating and enjoying food for decades and has no plans to retire anytime soon. 

Lo's recipes and writing have been featured in a variety of publications including GO: Airtran Inflight Magazine, Cheese Connoisseur, Cooking Light, Edible Milwaukee, Milwaukee Magazine and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the blog Go Bold with Butter, the web site Wisconsin Cheese Talk, and in the quarterly online magazine Grate. Pair. Share.