Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes

(Rochester, NY) – Across America, combat veterans are quietly returning to the land, digging in, and creating new lives as farmers and caretakers. This holiday season, internationallyacclaimed chef, author and food ambassador Lidia Bastianich pays tribute to the military men and women who have sacrificed so much, and continue to give back to their country. In Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes, airing Monday, September 24, 2018 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, Lidia journeys across the country— from just outside of Buffalo to rural farm areas of West Virginia to Kentucky and finally to the West Coast—to farm with and cook with veterans who have found a new way to help themselves and others on the homefront. Lidia visits veterans Mark and Denise Beyers in East Aurora, NY. Thee couple were high school sweethearts who fell in love, then joined the U.S. Marines together. Mark lost his right arm and leg in an IED explosion while deployed in Iraq. Mark and Denise have a 15-acre ranch near Buffalo where they farm maple trees for syrup, raise turkeys and chickens, and sell eggs and honey.

On Sunday, September 30 at 2 p.m. Lidia Bastianich joins WXXI’s Evan Dawson at The Hochstein School to talk about her recently published memoir, My American Dream. During the event we'll highlight the work Lidia and WXXI have been doing with veterans as we welcome members of our local veterans community on stage, including Mark and Denise Beyers, to join Evan and Lidia for a discussion on how food and farming can help build stronger community connections. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

A life-long believer in the power of food as the tie that binds us together, Lidia celebrates food diplomacy and supports our troops in Homegrown Heroes, a film that shares personal stories of triumph, struggle and resilience from men and women in the Armed Forces who are making the transition from the militaryAcross America, combat veterans are quietly returning to the land, digging in, and creating new lives as farmers and caretakers. This holiday season, internationallyacclaimed chef, author and food ambassador Lidia Bastianich pays tribute to the military men and women who have sacrificed so much, and continue to give back to their country.

Pictured: Lidia Bastianich 
Credit: Courtesy of Meredith Nierman/WGBH

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