Upcoming Talks

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FEBRUARY


Food & Opera
Thursday, February 7
7 PM

Explore the fascinating role of food in opera using amusing film snippets and stills of memorable dining and toasting moments. Discover tantalizing trivia, like why Rossini added special “sorbet arias” to his operas and why great composers such as Verdi encouraged gambling during performances.

92Y, NYC
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100 Years of Food Trends
Wednesday, February 13
10 AM

Women’s Club of Wisconsin
Wisconsin, Milwaukee



Diet Fads Through the Ages
Wednesday, February 20th
11 AM

Dallas Knife and Fork Club
Dallas, Texas





Elegant Entertaining in the Gilded Age
Saturday, February 23
4 PM

The Gilded Age—spanning from the 1860s through WW I—was a time of calling cards, horse drawn coaches, afternoon tea, cotillions, lawn parties, and formal dinners... a time when even picnics were served on fine china.

During this lively presentation discover the 19th century meanings of giving a lady a tulip instead a rose; learn the most popular toasts of the era and when it was proper to remove your gloves or tip your hat. Discover why ladies' magazines of the 19th century advised bringing a bundle of sticks to a party. Learn the calling card equivalent of "unfriending" someone and why the nutmeg grater was the must-have accessory of the 1890s.

The event includes a trivia contest on the uses for now-obsolete objects, garnish-making demonstrations, and handouts.

Scoville Library
Salisbury, CT
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MARCH


Pasta!
Thursday, March 7
7 PM

Explore Pasta's long, rich Italian history and the cutting-edge directions it's taking today- from pasta "sushi" to pasta-based desserts. Taste a range of pasta dishes and learn how to prepare perfect pasta.

92Y, NYC
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Chocolate
Saturday, March 30
8 PM

Canyon Ranch
Lenox, MA



APRIL



Chocolate
Saturday, April 20
8 PM

Canyon Ranch
Lenox, MA



MAY



Secret World of Spices
Thursday, November 8
7 PM

Discover how spices are grown and the many ways to use them. We'll explore their incredible stories of history, culture, travel, and trade and hear fascinating stories about farmers around the world who grow them.

92Y, NYC
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JULY



Game of Thrones: Food & Feasting
Monday, July 15
6:45 – 8:30 PM

Smithsonian Museum
Washington, D.C.





Venice
Tuesday, July 16
6:45 – 8:30 PM

Smithsonian Museum
Washington, D.C.