Pittston Tomato Festival Founder Dies

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PITTSTON — A chef from Luzerne County who was one of the founders of Pittston’s annual Tomato Festival has died.

Biagio Dente of Pittston died in Fort Meyers, Florida on December 14.

He was the owner of Dente’s Catering Service and Dente’s Tent & Rental Company before retiring in 2015.

Dente was a hall of fame inductee in the American Academy of Chefs.

In addition to being a founding organizer of the Tomato Festival, he also served as grand marshal of the festival and is depicted on the Pittston Inspirational Mural.

Biagio Dente was 78 years old.

His funeral will be on December 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of the Eucharist Parish, 535 N. Main St., Pittston.

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