by Margaret Bogosian
As societies evolve, their cultures do too. People in Italy did not wake up one day and decide to make the tomato a staple in their food culture. Before the Columbian Exchange in 1492, rice, a staple crop in modern day Latin America, was only available in the Old World. Thanks to a Regis College Co-Curricular mini grants, this three month series "An Evolution of Flavor", will trace the historic roots of modern day food cultures. For our September series, the students cooked a meal with food that was only available in the New World before 1492. We had a lovely meal that included "New World Bruschetta", Turkey Chili, Ginger Roasted Vegetables, Tropical Fruit Salad, and Homemade Hot Cocoa.
In the coming months, we will host two more dinners and the food will only get better from here! In the Old World there were many more food options available. Cured meats, fresh baked bread, and artisan cheeses are just a few of the items that will be on next months menu. If you would like to attend as a cook or as our dinner guest for the evening, please RSVP to PHI@RegisCollege.edu.
Photos of the September 25 dinner available on the Evolution of Flavor Flickr.