Iron Chef and Culinary Icon, Donatella Arpaia, Comes to Fairfield University

Iron Chef and Culinary Icon, Donatella Arpaia, Comes to Fairfield University

Media Contact: Teddy DeRosa,, 203-254-4000 ext. 2118

The TV personality, restaurateur,, and cookbook author will be at the Quick Center for the Arts on February 26, 2016.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (December 16, 2015) — One of the most influential women in the world of food, Fairfield University graduate Donatella Arpaia ‘93 is hosting the Quick Center’s Open VISIONS Forum on Friday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. to discuss how she followed her dream to success in the culinary world.

Tickets are $45 and are available through the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at . The Quick Center is located at Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, Connecticut.

Arpaia, who recently launched a Frontgate lifestyle line , is best known for her role as head judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and The Next Iron Chef . She is a regular contributor to NBC’s TODAY where she offers her culinary expertise and mouthwatering recipes, and is the owner of critically acclaimed Kefi restaurant in New York City. Arpaia will share her story as an attorney-turned-culinary mogul in a lecture titled: “From Undergrad Stag to a Hotshot TV Foodie: How This Iron Chef and Restaurateur Followed Her Dream to Success.”

“The Quick Center is delighted to have Donatella Arpaia appear on our stage to host an Open VISIONS Forum,” said Peter Van Heerden, director of the Quick Center for the Arts. “We are honored and proud to showcase the skill and expertise of our alumna. Donatella has really carved out a powerful space in the culinary world and patrons and students can look forward to an informative journey as we travel with her from her days at Fairfield to her place as an influential Hotshot Foodie.”

Arpaia grew up in a restaurant family, but pursued a brief career as a corporate attorney before returning to her passion for the culinary arts. She has created successful restaurants such as davidburke & donatella, Anthos, Kefi and Prova. These projects and others have collectively earned significant accolades, such as Michelin Stars, Five Diamond Awards, and James Beard nominations. Arpaia was named by Zagat as “The Hostess with the Mostest,” and featured in Crain’s New York’s “40 under 40,” and New York Post’s “Most Powerful Woman.” She is a two-time winner of the New York Food & Wine Festival’s Meatball Madness competition and will be judging meatballs made by Fairfield University students before hosting the Open VISIONS Forum.

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Posted On: 01-06-2016 03:01 PM

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