From Eggs to Apples: The Cuisine of the Ancient Romans
Where: Prospect Heights Brainery
190 Underhill Ave., Prospect Heights
347-292-7246 Price: $18
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What delicacies could you expect to sample as the dinner guest of a Roman Emperor? What about a Roman tradesman, soldier, or shepherd: what was his idea of a decent meal? Did the Romans really relieve themselves at the “vomitorium” after overindulging, and did they really eat stuffed dormice? (Short answers to those last two questions: no and yes).Fortunately for the adventurous modern palate, the Romans wrote copiously about their own dining habits. Their literature–including cookbooks–reveals a veritable love affair with food, no less vibrant and passionate than ours is today.
In this lecture-based class, we’ll go over the ins and outs of Ancient Roman cuisine–principal ingredients and dishes, methods of preparation and serving, and how the food adapted and evolved over time. We will also sample a variety of Roman food and drink as we work our way through the Roman meal from start to finish (or as the Romans would say, ab ovo usque ad mala: from eggs to apples). No prior knowledge of cooking or history (Roman or otherwise) required!