Meet Maria Lawton
Born in the small village of Rosario de Lagoa on the semi-tropical island of Sao Miguel, Azores, Maria Lawton captures an authentic Azorean flavor with her Portuguese cuisine.
When she was six, her family arrived in the United States and settled in the tight-knit Portuguese community of New Bedford, Massachusetts.
New Bedford has a rich history of seafood and farming, as well as bakers, butchers, and restaurateurs who prepare foods in the traditional manner. But what Maria craved most were the dishes and delicacies from her childhood home to share with her children.
Inspired by the culinary talents of her mother and grandmother, Maria's quest for traditional recipes brought her back to Sao Miguel. Maria shares her warmth and charm and flavorful Azorean recipes in her first cookbook, Azorean Cooking: From My Family Table to Yours.
Four years later, Maria realized her dream of sharing her rich cultural heritage, her delicious Azorean food, and her fondness for the picturesque villages of Sao Miguel in Maria's Portuguese Table. The 8-part food and travel odyssey premiered on Rhode Island PBS in early 2019. Season Two is currently in production.
EXPERIENCE SAO MIGUEL FOR YOURSELF WITH MARIA AS YOUR GUIDE
Tour Ponta Delgada, Furnas, Sete Cidades, and other breathtakingly scenic locales with Maria Lawton as your special travel companion May 16 - 24, 2021. Maria personalized the itinerary for this remarkable tour of Sao Miguel to give you an authentic - and unique - Azorean experience.
One pair of tickets for this trip is up for the highest bid*. The trip for two, valued at $6,600, is donated by AAA Travel.
*This item has a reserve.