Cookbook Cafe

The W. T. Bland Public presents the Cookbook Café. Just in time for the holidays you are invited to meet three unique chefs, Ze’ Carter, Lucille D’Armi-Riggio and Valerie Hart and members of the Midway Baptist Church. The event will be held in the library on Saturday, December 6th from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Each author will offer a short presentation or cooking demonstration and will be available throughout the day to discuss recipes and more.

Ze' Carter

Ze' Carter was born to a military chef, there was no doubt that cooking was in Ze' Carter's future. That's when she started writing and helping people in their own kitchens as a personal chef and as The Roaming Gourmet for the Daily Commercial in Leesburg. Ze' travels across Lake County to taste all its many restaurants, answer food related questions from readers, attend local food events and reports her results through her weekly column in the newspaper. She also uses the column to provide useful tips and hints to even the most fearful of cooks, helping them find joy in cooking.



  Lucille D’Armi-Riggio

Lucille D’Armi-Riggio has just released her unique recipe book, which combines her talents and passions for cooking and music, My Matchless Mother and Me – With Recipes, Music and Memories. As a little girl she loved to bake and cook with her Mother and of course sing and entertain! The book includes her original compositions from “My Matchless Mother” CD and five (5) chapters of pure enjoyment-delicious recipes, romance and music. As an adult Lucille sang with: Bob Hope, Bobby Vinton, Herb Albert, Robert Goulet, and more. “If you are a romantic, foodie and lover of music, you will want to have Mrs. Riggio’s wonderful book close at hand on your kitchen counter.” Joseph Antinoro-Polizzi


 Special Guest, Valerie Hart

Valerie Hart, author of The New Tradition Cookbook and The Bounty of Central Florida, has incorporated Central Florida's natural resources into recipes that highlight the region's fresh ingredients. Citrus, bananas, berries, mushrooms, pecans, corn, alligator, wild and domestic game, blue crab and local fish are prepared with step by step instructions. 

Valerie has been a community activist and food and travel journalist for thirty-five years. Her ten year popular television show, “The Back of the House,” featured chef-owners of independent restaurants in their kitchens. As food writer for The Daily Commercial, her goal was to make people aware of the bounty of the area. In her new children’s book, CaliClaus and the Christmas Contraption, Hart’s entertaining story of a magical cat and her team of pedigree felines brings awareness to the plight facing animals in overcrowded shelters.

 Midway Baptist Church of Leesburg, FL 

The congregation of the Midway Baptist Church has compiled some great recipes. The book contains over 400 Recipes with a complete Index of Recipes.  Midway Delights includes the following:
Appetizers & Beverages
Soups & Salads
Vegetables & Side Dishes
Main Dishes (Beef, Poultry, Pork, Fish, Seafood, Vegetarian/Meatless and Wild Game.)
Breads & Rolls
Desserts, Cookies & Candy