November 08, 2006 13:41 ET

Award-Winning PBS Chef Joanne Weir Celebrates New PBS Series With "Sauce Camp" on November 18 in Orange County

Internationally Acclaimed Restaurateur Zov Karamardian Hosts KCET Fundraiser

-- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 8, 2006 -- Crimped, seared -- and now stirred -- cooking teacher and author Joanne Weir unlocks our inner chef at "Sauce Camp," a very special afternoon of culinary creativity featuring a sumptuous lunch, plus cooking demonstration and program on Saturday, November 18, from 12:00-2:30 p.m., at Zov's Bistro in The Enderlee Center at 17440 East 17th Street in Tustin, Calif. Tickets are $50.00 each and may be purchased by phone: 323.953.5802. Generously hosted and moderated by internationally acclaimed award-winning chef and restaurateur Zov Karamardian, all proceeds from the event benefit KCET, public television for Southern and Central California.

Inspired by the "Sauce Camp" episodes featured this season on "Joanne Weir's Cooking Class," her new 26-part PBS cooking series, Weir spends an afternoon with Karamardian demonstrating how to prepare several sauces that can be used to complete any dish. From sharing secrets to exchanging tips and offering advice, "Sauce Camp" has all the ingredients for a memorable exchange between two extraordinary talents. Toss in heaping portions of laughter and motivation, and the event promises to inspire even the most recipe-challenged among us.

In an unforgettable, wryly original series of cooking lessons with real-world students working side-by-side with her, "Joanne Weir's Cooking Class" airs Saturdays (4:00 - 4:30 p.m.) on KCET. Whether teaching a firefighter to tackle Risotto with Saffron Shrimp or showing a contractor how to keep a soufflé from falling, Weir guides each student through solutions to their (and many home cooks') real-life dilemmas.

Serving more than 1,200 patrons breakfast, lunch and dinner each day, Zov's Bistro reflects the warmth and joy Karamardian discovered in her family kitchen, where she learned to help her mother, grandmother and aunts cook Middle Eastern family specialties.

"Sauce Camp" at Zov's Bistro is presented by Your Southern California Lexus Dealer. Wine generously donated by Gallo Family Vineyard Sonoma Reserve.

About KCET

KCET is public television for southern and central California and the West Coast flagship station of PBS. KCET is watched by four million viewers a week in 11 counties, the largest broadcast reach of any public television station in the United States. The station also serves as a content provider for national and regional PBS member stations.

Throughout its more than 40-year history, KCET has garnered hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, and its outreach and community services. Series produced from the station's Hollywood studios include "Life & Times," "California Connected," "Tavis Smiley" and "A Place of Our Own/Los Niños en Su Casa."

With extensive coverage of the region by Orange County-based reporter Roger Cooper on "Life & Times," KCET's signature news and public affairs series, and coverage of the area on the statewide series "California Connected," KCET presents the importance and vitality of Orange County locally as well as throughout California.

KCET's community outreach in the Orange County region includes a broad range of events and workshops. KCET currently partners with the Children & Families Commission of Orange County to present seminars for caregivers of preschoolers as part of an extensive community outreach plan in conjunction with the Peabody-Award winning series "A Place of Our Own" and "Los Niños en Su Casa." Additional information on KCET can be found at

Contact Information

    Cathy Williams
    (323) 953-5243