Thursday, April 22, 2010


The Matter of Taste

Performance and food event.

Created and Directed by Granada Artist-in-Residence Anna Fenemore

When we want to indicate that some knowledge is extremely subjective we tend to use gustatory metaphors, saying it is 'a matter of taste.' The word 'taste' also indicates a kind of socially approved value. Part autobiography, part cookery demonstration, The Matter of Taste will attempt to address both the subjective and highly individual experience of 'taste' and the social redefining of what might be considered 'good' and 'bad' taste.

Here is the production's blog:

Production Details
A performance and food event.
Directed by Granada Artist-in-Residence Anna Fenemore
This production is co-sponsored by the UC Davis Arboretum.

Wyatt Pavillion Theatre
UC Davis
Weds – Sat, 5/19-22, 8pm
Sun, 5/23, 2pm

$16 advance; $18 door
$11 advance; $13 door

Tuesday, April 20, 2010


CSFC 2010-2011

CSFC is currently planning its 2010-2011 speakers series. UC Davis Graduate Students who have an interest in studying food and culture are invited to contact Rosalinda Salazar to participate.

Friday, April 16, 2010


Food: History and Culture in the West

Food: History and Culture in the West
A Symposium

European Union Center of Excellence
University of California, Berkeley

Friday, April 30, 2010
223 Moses Hall

Cosponsors Institute of European Studies and Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

9-11 am
Food and Identity

Stanley Brandes, UC Berkeley

Martin Jones, University of Cambridge
Why do Humans Share Food?

Andrew Warnes, Leeds University
The Sadomasochistic Recipe?: Postwar UK Cookery Culture and the Love of Impossible Food

Aaron Bobrow-Strain, Whitman College
Walter Benjamin and “the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread”

12:30-2:30 pm
Cultural Practices & Food

Thomas Laqueur, UC Berkeley

Tatjana Thelen, University of Zurich and Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology, Germany
Commensality and Identity: Meanings of Food Practices at the Workplace in Eastern Germany

Courtney Fullilove, Wesleyan University
Failures of Tea Culture in the American South

Louis Grivetti, UC Davis
Dark Chocolate: Chocolate-Related Crime in London, England (1693-1834)

3-5:30 pm
The Politics of Food

John Efron, UC Berkeley

Ben Wurgaft, UC Berkeley
Against “Corpse Tea”: Nazi Vegetarianism and Nazi Biopolitics

Melanie DuPuis, UC Santa Cruz
American Obesity: S.A.D. or Saved by the Mediterranean Diet?

Warren Belasco, University of Maryland
Saving the World with a Clean Plate

Monday, April 12, 2010



A Fundraiser in Support of the City Reliquary Museum and Civic Organization
Tuesday, April 27
From 7:00p to 10:00p
The Brooklyn Kitchen
100 Frost St.
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

The City Reliquary Museum, one of Gotham's quirkiest and spunkiest homegrown museums, located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, needs to raise funds to stay afloat. They will be partnering with a host of fine food purveyors and history lecturers to present "Meals and Spiels: An Evening of Dinner & Lectures About NYC's Food." Diners will be served fare from North Brooklyn kitchens, bakeries and breweries. Each course will feature a talk about the menu item being served. I will do a presentation about NYC tap water, with an emphasis on the now-defunct Brooklyn water supply. All proceeds will go towards the City Reliquary's operational funds. Guests will receive a generously stuffed goody bag at the end of the evening. To purchase tickets and see complete details, visit:

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