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Join Ken Albala and Farrell Monaco for a 7-day workshop at an ancient villa in the Roman countryside as they explore the flavors and food history of Rome from the ancient Republic through to the Modern Era. June 16-23, 2018 – Rome, Italy.
The retreat will be held in a palatial 2,000-year-old Imperial-era Roman villa that is situated off of one of Rome’s ancient food-transport routes: the Via Salaria. Originally a 1st Century Roman residence, the villa boasts archaeological remains in the upper garden that form part of the National Collection of Archaeology of the Museo Altemps in the centre of Rome, near Piazza Navona. Documentation of the full history of the villa is available on site. The villa has undergone several changes, from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, through to the 18th Century, when it became the hunting lodge of a Cardinal from the noble Italian Torlonia family. The villa features 10 beautiful sleeping rooms, 7 bathrooms, 2 large kitchens, a wine cellar, indoor and outdoor cooking and dining areas in addition to an outdoor brick oven.
Daily workshops will focus on hands on cooking, food history lectures, readings, and historic meals. Lessons will feature sources of Roman culinary information derived from the archaeological, written and pictorial records. Recipes from sources such as Apicius, Cato, Columella, Pliny, Galen, Platina, Scappi, Latini, Corrado, Artusi, and Marinetti, will be referred to and translated into sumptuous meals that will allow participants to explore the history of Rome through the sensory avenue of taste. Participants will also enjoy a day trip to Ostia Antica to explore the role of food in an ancient Roman town.
The lessons will be run in English by Ken Albala and Farrell Monaco. Ken is a professor of history at the University of the Pacific, with 25 books in print, and a food history course from Great Courses. Farrell Monaco is an archaeologist whose research centers on foodways, food preparation, ceramics and cooking practices in the Roman Mediterranean. Farrell publishes recipes and food history articles on her blog called “Tavola Mediterranea”. She currently sits on the Media Relations Committee of the Society for American Archaeology and is a member of EXARC.
Join us for A Taste of Rome! Inquiries and registration requests can be directed to: email@example.com