Food and Culture in Sicily: Christmas Cookery Workshop

11.00am – 3.00pm Saturday 7th December
Institute for Advanced Study, La Trobe University Bundoora
Presented by Gillian Shepherd & Marisa Raniolo Wilkins

This session will commence with a lecture on the history of food and feasting in Sicily, Italy and the Mediterranean. Gillian Shepherd will focus on the literary and archaeological evidence for food production and consumption in the ancient world. After the lecture Marisa Raniolo Wilkins, author of the book Sicilian Seafood Cooking, will speak to the audience about how Sicilian cuisine has been shaped over centuries by Greek, French, Arab and Spanish influences. This will be accompanied by a food workshop where participants will learn to cook in the traditional Sicilian. Marisa will share her experience in the kitchen and love of Sicilian cuisine so that participants learn about Sicilian culture while they cook a delicious meal to share after the class. This workshop will have a Christmas theme. Although there will be some similarities to the Easter Sicilian Cookery Workshop, this session will not be identical and participant should feel free to attend both workshops.

Optional Preparatory Reading:
P. Robb, Midnight in Sicily (Faber, 1998) - this is a fascinating account of the mafia, combined with the food, culture, art and history of Sicily.
L. Prior, La Cucina (Harper Collins, 2000) – this is a sensuous tale of food and love in Sicily.

Course Code - SC16 Cost: $115 (full)/ $105 (discount)

Registration Census Date: Friday 29th November

This class has limited places. Please book early to avoid disappointment. If this seminar has not reached the minimum number of enrolments required to run by the registration census date it will be cancelled.