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A first-generation Italian-American, Lucy Vallera Luhan was born in Connecticut and raised in a household where traditional foods and values prevailed. Luhan’s upbringing and passion for convivio led her to spend thirty-five years as a restaurateur in Southern California, and eventually inspired her to open Villa Lucia, a bed and breakfast/cooking school in Tuscany, Italy.
About the Convivio
Cook, restauranteur, grandmother and hostess par excellence, first-generation Italian-American Lucy Vallera Luhan brings to U.S. audiences a new approach to the art of creating physically, socially and emotionally healthy families and communities. For Italians, convivio refers to eating together at the table.
Why Convivio? Because it is a most important ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet.
When a friend in Italy may say,” “Ciao I am going home for convivio” it usually refers to a leisurely meal with family and friends for a minimum of an hour or more. Sunday pranzo, the midday meal, may go on for 2 to 4 hours. This ritual of Italian food culture has proven in various studies to have many favorable results.