GLOW Academy brings celebrity Chef Giada Di Laurentiis to Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Celebrity Chef Giada DiLaurentiis will visit Wilmington in late January to share her signature culinary style and support the Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington.

Three events are scheduled: a dinner for no more than fifteen couples in a private home, and public breakfast and lunch events both to be held at the Country Club of Landfall.  Chef Giada will personally prepare the dinner and will supervise her locally-sourced staff of Wilmington chefs for breakfast and lunch.

At each event, the Food Network Star and Today Show contributor will share stories from behind the scenes of her celebrated career, memories of early years in Italy, and inspirations for travel and entertaining. The breakfast event will be featured in a Food Network live broadcast; the lunch event includes an exclusive auction with travel, art and entertainment available for bid. Dinner guests will enjoy a more intimate affair with exceptional wines, a multi-course gourmet menu, and unique and personalized Giada-inspired gifts.  Tickets are available at

Giada was born in Rome. Her maternal grandfather was Dino De Laurentiis, who, prior to establishing Wilmington’s film production studios, owned a restaurant in Italy, where her delight in Italian cuisine was inspired.

Her longest running program, Everyday Italian, premiered on the Food Network in 2003. She won a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host in 2008 and was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2012.

Giada’s schedule of events follow the successful visit in January, 2016, by Chef Emeril Lagasse, a friend and fan of GLOW Academy Founder Judy Girard.  Ms. Girard was president of the Food Network from 1994 to 2004.  The 2015 events raised more than $260,000 for the school and demonstrated an appetite for a celebrity foodie experience in the Port City.  Organizers are eager to replicate the excitement Chef Lagasse introduced with Giada’s unique and popular brand of Italian hospitality.


The Girls Leadership Academy of Wilmington opened in August with its inaugural class of 100 sixth graders.  A sixth thru twelfth grade single-gender charter school, GLOW Academy is dedicated to closing the opportunity and achievement gap among families with fewer available resources.  GLOW is an affiliate of the Young Women’s Leadership Network, a group of groundbreaking and successful single-gender schools across the country that are guided by a proven educational model focused on academic rigor, personal responsibility and college preparedness.

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