Food and Culture in Sicily: Easter Cookery Workshop

11.00am – 3.00pm Saturday 23rd March

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.

Marisa Raniolo Wilkins, author of the book Sicilian Seafood Cooking, will then 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 style. 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 class will have an Easter theme.

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 - SC03 Cost: $115 (full)/ $105 (discount)

Registration Census Date: Friday 15th March

Places are limited in this class but participants are reminded that if they miss out in March, a Christmas cookery workshop will be held in December. If the minimum number of enrolments required to run is not reached by the registration census date it will be cancelled. Please register early to avoid disappointment. Registrations are accepted after the date should the class have sufficient enrolments.