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Conversation Kitchen and Cooking with the Professor 2019_20

Conversation Kitchen and Cooking with the Professor

Conversation Kitchen

In an abundance of caution and to ensure social distancing during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Conversation Kitchen and Cooking with the Professor events are cancelled through June 2020.

Presented in collaboration with the Department of Campus Recreation, Conversation Kitchen is a unique series of culinary workshops designed to explore the significant influence that food has in defining and shaping culture across the world. Each free workshop will focus on an area of the world undergoing conflict and transformation today. What is the role of food in mediating conflict, communicating values, solving problems, reflecting locale, and expressing our common humanity? Chef Jessica VanRoo, Campus Recreation culinary education director, will present a three-course menu with dishes from the region. Hosts representing the countries in question will be present during the workshop to discuss their food traditions and experiences. Participants will gain an understanding of different cultures by sharing a meal among friends.

Cooking with the Professor

“Cooking with the Professor” brings together UCI faculty and students for an evening of conversation, cooking, and good food in the ARC Test Kitchen. For each event, Chef Jessica Van Roo develops fun and easy recipes that reflect the research interests, cultural background, or cooking passions of a featured faculty member.

This program was first piloted by Professor Yong Chen (History), author of Chop Suey, USA: The Story of Chinese Food in America. “Cooking with the Professor” is co-sponsored by the Campus Climate Council, Illuminations, and the Anteater Recreation Center.

 2019-20 Schedule

The Virtuous Table: Greek Philosophy and Table Fellowship
Duncan Pritchard and Darby Vickers: What is Virtue?
SueJeanne Koh, Table Fellowship in Christianity
October 17, 6:00-7:30pm

Join us for an evening of philosophy and table fellowship. We will explore the origins of our modern idea of virtue in Greek philosophy and we will also learn about Christian table fellowship and Asian-American communities. Featured guests include Professor Duncan Pritchard (Philosophy), Darby Vickers (Philosophy, and Suejeanne Koh (Religious Studies).

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Sensory Anthropology with Professor Roxanne Varzi
Tuesday, November 5, 6:00-7:30pm

Do you love the feel of jello slipping down your throat but can’t stand to eat a raisin? Do you enjoy eating fish but hate the smell? Does tapioca pudding feel icky or delightful? Join Professor Roxanne Varzi and doctoral students for an evening of sensory anthropology and food. 

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Gustavo Arellano, “Taco Times!”
Visiting Yong Chen’s class, November 21
Class: 5:00-6:00pm, ELH 100
ARC event: 6:30-8:00pm
Gustavo Arellano is the author of Taco USA and a columnist for the LA Times. Join us for this lively conversation about the history and future of tacos in Mexico, the United States, and around the world!

Dreamers Dinner
with Oscar Teran, Esq. and students from the DREAM Center
Tuesday, December 3, 6:00-7:30pm

Please join us for our annual dinner featuring DACA and undocumented students at UCI and Oscar Teran, Esq., director of UCI’s DREAM Center for a moving and informative evening with great food and conversation.

Cooking with the Professor: Spices of Life (Iran)
January 16
Mahtab Jafari

Cooking with the Professor: Italy
Annalisa Coliva, Philosophy and Marco Panza
Feb. 6, 6:00pm

Cooking with the Professor: Chemistry of Cooking
David Van Vranken, Chemistry
Feb 27. 2020, 6:00-7:30pm

Cooking with the Professor: Germany (CANCELLED)
Anke Bandiera and Glenn Levine, German and European Languages and Studies
Tuesday, April 7, 6:00-7:30pm

TBA (Winter)

Virtuous Buddhist Table (CANCELLED)
May 28th