Hoda and Kathie Lee, who spend more time together than most married couples, looked fresher than springtime in Crayola colored (sleeveless!) dresses and were the first to arrive for the noontime fete.They stopped by our table to say hello and Rosanna, also part of a famous culinary clan, promised to trade Valentine’s Day recipes with Sandra.12. and author of a new cookbook which sounds like a godsend to parents everywhere: (Lyons Press). Star has long been a tireless advocate for heart health awareness and will speak out on how we can fight the disease. Hoda Kotb and Kathie Lee Gifford joined by Al Roker (who, we’re told, arrived by bicycle), Savannah Guthrie, Meredith Vieira, Huffington Post’s Rob Shuter and Peggy Siegal, among many others.25. Runor has it Bev’s long awaited documentary on Bernie Madoff should be ready any day now.26. The dashing Chuck Pfeiffer Please send comments and corrections to LUNCH at MEDIABISTRO dot COM.Sandra Lee, Jack Kliger, Janice Orefice Dehn, TV Guide Magazine’s senior marketing advisor, and yours truly14. Marketing man and political commentator Robert Zimmerman with the ‘ Michael Barbaro16. So if you have someone in your house who has an allergy to dairy, nuts, soy, eggs or gluten — and who doesn’t these days? She joins an illustrious list of the day’s participants that include Chelsea Clinton. It has to come out perfectly.” And, in Sandra’s world, it does even if it wasn’t what she planned for herself. “I never wanted to be ‘talent,” she said with a laugh. Tapping into the hotter than hot food and entertaining category in television and other media (“The Food Network is the new MTV,” says Sandra), her new magazine is poised for a strong 2013 with tablet and e-reader companions to the print edition.“I used to hire talent, but you can’t make someone else get up at 4 am and decorate cupcakes. Later this year, she’ll also publish her first novel, (Hyperion) “It’s a ‘big story’ chronicling the struggles of a single mom who “knows what’s really important,” Sandra told me.For more information and great recipes, please visit the official Sandra Lee website at
For more information and great recipes, please visit the official Sandra Lee website at Sandra Lee is host of two popular shows on Food Network, Sandra's Money Saving Meals and the Emmy-nominated Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee. After spending just a few minutes with her, it’s easy to see why the creator of the phenomenally successful Semi-Homemade brand is one of the Food Network’s biggest stars. ”) The Emmy winner covers it all from the recipes to the cocktails to her trademark ‘tablescapes’ (my personal favorite) to help viewers enjoy entertaining at home without the heavy-handed pretense, over the top expense or work intensive preparation that no one has time for anyway.She’s the in-the-know girlfriend who everyone wishes they had. When I asked her where he love of holidays came from she told me, “When I was a child we didn’t celebrate holidays so when I was 18, that was it.While still a teenager, Sandra was forced to live on her own and she later moved to Los Angeles when she was 21.A few short years later, she’d become a millionaire in the crafts business only to lose it all by the time she was 30.