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Cheese: A Taste of Cross-Cultural History
Mon, July 22, 2019 6:00 P.M.
Culinary Literacy Center
Parkway Central Library
An emphasis on cultural “authenticity” often shapes how culinary staples such as cheese are produced, presented, regulated, and enjoyed – even with centuries of globalization and cultural exchange to inform and complicate these narratives. In this class, we start with a seemingly quintessential cheese plate, and discuss the historical contexts of key ingredients through the lens of colonization and conflict, travel and trade. While tasting delicious cheeses and accompaniments, we’ll delve into the hidden histories behind these artisan staples. Selected library resources and materials will frame the conversation, with staff on hand to discuss research opportunities at the Rosenbach Library. This class is led by Jamie Png, an established local cheesemaker and cheesemonger, museum & archive enthusiast, and self-identified history nerd. Pre-registration is required; tickets are $20 via Eventbrite.