This past week has been crazy and fun all at the same time. You see, I have a soon to be famous neice, who has already filmed 13 episodes for A&E which owns Bravo and the Biography channels. She will be featured in a documentary/reality show coming out in the summer. (not the wild kind!) I will give you all the details as time goes on. Anyway, to make a long story short, last Friday night they filmed part of an episode right in my house! A get together of my neice’s family and friends, a little wine, a little food. But the exciting part for me was, that I made all of the food that you see on the table for everyone! They definately shot footage of the food, which I was so excited about. There was about 25 people that came, and I served Mini Italian meat balls
Bite size sausage and peppers
Roasted veggie pasta salad
Grilled shrimp with orzo and feta pasta salad
Salami, provolone and Kalamata olives on skewers
Caprese salad
Chick pea salad
Zuccini with pesto and pine nuts
Assorted tapenades, and bruschetta’s
For dessert we purchased assorted mini bar cookies, and a quick stop at our favorite Italian bakery for a few dozen mini cannoli’s!
The film crew and the producers were a lot of fun, and they seem to really enjoy the food.

On a side note, my daughter will be in a lot of the scenes here, as my neice and her are very close. Not only was she wired with a mic, she got interviewed, gave a toast, the whole bit! ( who knows, she might get a spin off! ha ha) Needless to say, we all had a lot of fun, I managed to stay behind the scenes, no way was I getting on camera!!

So hopefully the table of food won’t get edited, LOL ! But just in case it does, I wanted to give you a little glimpse!

Watch out for a new shining star coming your way, her name is Julie!!!

To be continued….

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  1. Wow..Didn’t you have some excitement this week !!! Look at all that delicious food. Looks like you are hosting the Festa Italiana all alone 😀 My 2 minutes of fame was when I was in a local magazine..twice..I was even quoted 😀

  2. Congrats to your niece but you deserve more credit for prepping that fabulous spread…look at it!

    I certainly hope you post the dishes you made…they sound wonderful.

  3. I daresay you deserve more than a mere 15 minutes of fame for that tantalizing spread. Brava!!

  4. I bet all your gorgeous food distracted those camera people! How could they concentrate? Beautiful, Marie 🙂

  5. Now you can be a PROUD ITALIAN AUNTIE! too! 🙂

    Congrats, but I agree with Peter, you deserve a lot of credit for making all that wonderful food!!!

  6. Wow! Wow! Wow! That is so cool! Your table looks absolutely stunning. Congrats to You and Julie!

  7. How ABSOLUTELY exiting Marie!!! Congrats on your beautiful display of wonderful food. Just think of where this could lead and the open doors that could come your way.. Can’t wait for the updates!


  8. This is awesome. And what a spread. You need to start a Craft Service type business for all the film crews in Chicago. It would be huge.I cant wait to see this show. I have to look on Bravo Online to keep updated. Wow.

  9. wait a minute- All that food!! I though for sure my dad would have been all over that!! But were all on the wedding diet. BOO
    Looks like you guys had fun

  10. woa … congratulations .. and look at all that food. I would’ve loved to be a part of that crew right now … would’ve had a chance to sample your lovely food. Let us know when they are airing the show … or atleast a u tube clip of it.

  11. Look at all of that food…mmm…

  12. Nice! Hopefully it wasn’t too messy.
    SO are italians allowed to the “Festa Italiana”? 🙂

  13. Joy oh joy! (or much better, Boy oh boy!) — Congrats on your 15 minutes, which, btw, was a very catchy post-title to catch my eye. But it was when the image of that table LADED with food appeared…*boy oh boy*, I was like, wish that I could have been there to help put it away!

  14. How exciting!!!! The food is amazing! I can’t wait to hear what your niece is up to…. It’s great having these tight family bonds. I have 8 aunts & every one of them is my favorite.

    tanti baci, Amy

  15. Thank you everyone for your comments, it really was a great experience!It will be fun to actually see the finished product.

    Food Traveler, Of course ALL are welcome to “Festa Italiana” We just ask that you email entrys to us be in English, so we can read them and post them properly. Hope you can make it!

  16. Thanks Amy!!!

  17. Wow!!! Congrats, but I think you are really famous!!! and have wonderful recipes dear Marie!!!Gloria

  18. Uh-oh, I did something weird with my comment.

    What I was saying, was—how totally exciting! That’s fantastic and fun! And your table and all your dishes look absolutely gorgeous. What a wonderful variety of dishes.

  19. Oh wow!!! how cool!! Marie this table of food looks so amazing, can I be invited the next time pleeeeease!! I’m offline for a couple of days and loads of things happening around here, love the “festa Italiana” – I’m in for sure, now what to cook???:)

  20. What an amazing table of food, and how exciting to see all the “behind the scenes” stuff.

  21. Gloria and Lisa, Thanks, it was a fun night, were still talking about it!

    Lor, I’m thrilled you’re coming to the Festa, can’t wait to see what your bringing.

    Kalyn, Thanks, it was definately a fun experience!

  22. Wow look at all your gorgeous food!!!! And all the best to your niece I’m sure she’ll be a great success!

  23. Wow, so fun!

  24. that looks amazing! Good for you! I bet that film crew was a happy bunch.:)

  25. Awesome! Your table looks so fabulous–you *should* be proud 😉

  26. That’s really cool and your table looks so inviting!!!!

  27. Wow, no wonder if in a very next future there will be a second star in the family…
    May I call you “Nigella”? ;-D

  28. This is so exciting! And darling! What a spread! Be sure to keep us updated.

  29. Anonymous says:


    V is awesome… she should come out with her own line of Queen V handbags, and you with your own food show, etc. 😉

  30. Wow! the table is wonderful and you are a very good cook!

  31. Amazing! congrats to your neice and to you! This is fantastic looking!

  32. Wow – gorgeous table! I want to dive right in! Found your blog from A Year at Oak Cottage. – Allison

  33. Two rising stars, it seems! That table looks fresh out of a magazine spread! Beautiful job!