Cooking Pavilion to heat up library exhibits

Contact: Macey Morales / Jennifer Petersen

ALA Media Relations

312-280-4393 / 5043 /


For Immediate Release:

June 11, 2009

CHICAGO—The American Library Association has the perfect recipe for Annual Conference visitors who cherish fine food and drink and also enjoy reading about it.

Barbecue experts, a pair of kid chefs, a master mixologist and a gourmet pizza executive promise to stir things up at the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference’s first-ever Cooking Pavilion July 9 – 15, at McCormick Place West.

Cooks and books will be the order of the day, with the Pavilion featuring author-chefs performing cooking demonstrations and signing books on the exhibit floor.

From 11a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 11, Ari Weinzweig, co-owner of Zingerman’s, will demonstrate why his deli is one of the most famous in America and discuss his latest book, “Zingerman’s Guide to Better Bacon.”

Also on Saturday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., barbeque experts Gary Wiviott and Colleen Rush will prepare recipes from their book “Low & Slow: Mastering the Art of Barbecue in Five Easy Lessons.”

For the younger set, on Sunday, July 12, from 1 – 2 p.m., chef Matthew Locricchio will share his knack for imparting culinary wisdom to children with recipes from his award-winning cookbooks, “The International Cookbook for Kids” and “The 2nd International Cookbook for Kids.”

On Monday, July 13, sisters Isabella and Olivia Gerasole, ages 11 and 9, respectively, will appear on the demonstration stage from 11 a.m. until noon, to discuss the kid-friendly recipes in their easy-to-follow “Spatulatta Cookbook.”

Later that day, from 1 to 2 p.m., master mixologist Bridget Albert, author of “Market-Fresh Mixology: Cocktails for Every Season,” and contributor Mary Barraco, will show how additions from the farmer’s market, garden or pantry can elevate classic cocktails to the next level.

Also on Monday, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Craig Priebe, the executive chef for Chicago’s Henry Crown & Company and author of “Grilled Pizzas & Piadinas,” will discuss quick and easy recipes and provide tips on how to make gourmet restaurant food from home.

For more information on the Cooking Pavilion, please visit the exhibits page of the ALA Annual Conference Web site at, or contact Macey Morales, (312) 280-4393, or Jennifer Petersen, (312) 280-5043,