Giada takes Rupp

Giada takes Rupp

Giada takes Rupp

Twice on Saturday, October 23 (coming right up), Food Network supercomet Giada De Laurentiis will take center stage at the Incredible Food Show, turning the Lexington Convention Center at Rupp Arena into Giada's Kitchen. Expect the temperature to rise. She plans to cook three pasta dishes, according to her interview with Lexington Herald-Leader food writer Sharon Thompson.

Tickets to see Giada De Laurentiis begin at $35, which includes all the goodies of a regular $15 one-day admission --  the marketplace of exhibitors, lots of other cooking demonstrations, and food seminars. You can pay more and get a signed copy of Giada at Home.

I will be guest blogging at Rupp Arena Blog about the first De Laurentiis demonstration on Saturday morning. So, some disclosures are in order: This will be my first ever celebrity food demonstration -- but I watched food demonstrations and even gave food demonstrations myself in 4-H in beautiful Wayne County, so....that should be good enough prep, don't you think?

And then there's the true fact that I live in a cable-television-skimpy household. In fact, by choice, we are the very closest thing to a Cable Free Zone that we can be without actually having zero cable. This means I have yet to witness the dazzle that is Giada De Laurentiis for myself.

I could google. I could visit YouTube. But here's my thinking about that. I've often wondered what it would be like to love music, as I do, and be in the audience for the first-ever performance of Handel's Messiah in 1742, or Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 1824, or Bob Dylan's first electric Newport concert in 1965. By living in the proverbial cave, where the Food Network never shines, I've managed to re-create the conditions for witnessing, for the first time, live and in person, a phenomenon.

It will be de novo, tutto il nuovo, tout nouveau -- fresh. I look forward to it, and invite you to check out Rupp Arena Blog Saturday to see what transpires.

Credits: Thank you to the wonderful Geoff Maddock, whose portrait of Rupp Arena I butchered in the making of this blog. Thank you to all the people who shot and styled the Giada De Laurentiis book covers, which I shamelessly copied, rotated, and generally played with as much as I wanted.

Farther Back: Thank you to Priscilla Lytle, Wayne County Home Extension Agent in my 4-H days. I think of her with appreciation and fondness so often when I am in the kitchen.