Origins of Taste: A Brief History of Culinary and Artistic Discoveries

November 06, 2013
Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
The Strand Theatre, Rockland
This two-part lecture series is a special community event being cosponsored by the Camden Conference and the Farnsworth Art Museum. Community Events are lead-ups to the February 2014 Camden Conference titled “The Global Politics of Food and Water.” Keith Collins MD and Farnsworth Director of Education Roger Dell will each speak in both lectures of the series.
The November 6 lecture will explore the many food products of the New World that the European discoverers brought back to the Old World. Although certain foods were not immediately used by a large portion of the European population, eventually they became the mainstays of countries like France, Italy, and Ireland, to name a few. How the nutritional content of tomatoes, potatoes, yams, and corn impacted the health of Europeans and how these vegetables were depicted in art will be illustrated in the lecture.
The November 13 lecture will examine wide array of beverages from the Neolithic Period to the present. An outline of the history of beer (Egypt), wine (Greece), coffee (Africa), and tea (India/China) will be traced, and their respective impact on their countries of origin will be detailed in color illustrations. The dietary and health aspects of these beverages will be considered, as well how these drinks were celebrated in the arts.
Series reservation(s): $20 for Camden Conference and Farnsworth members, $26 for nonmembers, $10 for college and university students.

Camden Conference members, please click on the Farnsworth members price. For students, please call the Education Department at 207-596-0949

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Price: $20.00