Sunday, February 19, 2017: Special Invitation from the Detroit Institute of Art, 1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., DIA, 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit MI 48202
Culinary Historians have been invited to a special lecture and private tour of the exhibit “Bitter / Sweet: Coffee, Tea & Chocolate” at the DIA. Coffee, tea and chocolate were strongly associated with 18th century Europe as the fashionable beverages of the day, yet none of the plants required for their preparation were native to Europe. Their introduction to Europe as the “new hot drinks” caused a near revolution in drinking habits and social customs, as well as an insatiable demand for specialized vessels such as coffeepots, tea canisters and chocolate pots. This is the DIA’s first exhibition to engage all five senses. In addition to seeing art, you can touch, hear, smell and even taste coffee- and tea-related beverages. We will assemble at the John R Group entrance at 1:30. We have reserved seats for a 2:00 p.m. lecture “The Cup that Cheer,” then proceed to the exhibit for a private tour with Dr. Yao-Fen You, Associate Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts. Dr. You has invited us to join her for this special tour and is excited to welcome us. Parking is $7.00 in the lot across from the DIA, and admission is $12.00 per person (DIA members free). You must RSVP by Thursday, February 16 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us for this special event!
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Ann Arbor District Library – Malletts Creek Branch, 3090 E. Eisenhower Parkway (east of Stone School Road), Ann Arbor, MI 48108.
Dining with Shakespeare will take a look at how people dined in the 16th century. Author and historian Susan L. Nenadic will cover attitudes towards food, how food was obtained and laws regulating food. We will consider foods eaten by people at the time that we do not, and foods that are still part of our 21st century diet. Quotations from Shakespeare and recipes will find their way into the program and take-away recipe sheets. Refreshments will be served.
Some people are so involved with food
From a historical perspective
That they are with dual skills imbued
Those of gourmet and detective.
They search kitchen drawers and old book pages
And stuff their files with culinary clues
About eating habits throughout the ages
That probably no one but themselves can use.
I hope at least that despite their mission
They occasionally will cease the looking,
And use the contents of their erudition
To make delicious dinners with their own cooking.
“A Smorgasbord of Verse” by Marvin Brandwin
Our membership year runs from September to September, so now is the perfect time to join CHAA. The annual membership is $25. You can print out the membership form here.
The Culinary Historians of Ann Arbor (CHAA), founded in 1983 by Jan Longone and friends, is an organization of scholars, cooks, food writers, nutritionists, collectors, students, and others interested in the study of culinary history and gastronomy.
The mission of the group is to promote the study of culinary history through regular programs open to members and guests, through the quarterly publication Repast, and through exchanges of information with other such organizations.
Monthly meetings of the CHAA are held in Ann Arbor, Michigan, from September through May from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on the third Sunday of the month (unless otherwise announced).
Membership in CHAA is open to anyone interested in culinary history. Dues
are $25.00 for an individual or couple and include a subscription to Repast. The membership year is from September to September. For those who cannot attend meetings, a yearly subscription to Repast is $20.00.
Repast is the official quarterly publication of CHAA. Besides announcements of future meetings and reports of past meetings, it also contains feature articles, book reviews, a calendar of upcoming events of culinary interest, and special events. For information about contributing articles, placing information, announcements, or other regular features, contact the Editor.
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