ITALIAN TABLE TALKS / Chapter 11

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FAITH, FOOD, FASTING

How Religion Shapes Our Culinary Traditions

December 7, 2020 |  3 PM – 4 PM EST 

ABOUT:

Faith undoubtedly plays a significant role in forming a person’s identity. It can shape and influence our culture, our thinking, and debatably, can also dictate how and what we eat.

Our webinar this December 7, highlights and explores the impact of poignant and symbolic religious events, such as The Last Supper, and transformational periods of faith, like The Reformation and the Renaissance, and how these monumental occurrences became instrumental in forming our culinary traditions. What practices readily became traditions, and why? How have these traditions, initiated so long in the past, affected Italian cuisine of today? And how do they still form the basis for our eating habits and the way we view foods in our modern times.

Host:

Gianfranco Sorrentino
President of GRUPPO ITALIANO, Managing Partner of The IL GATTOPARDO Group

Panelists:

Ken Albala
Professor of History, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA

Luigi Ballerini
Writer, poet, translator and former head of Italian Studies at New York University and UCLA

Moderator:

Stefano Albertini
Phd., Director of The Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, Italian Cultural Center of New York University

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