Author Archives: Kathleen

The Mediterranean diet and the concept of “glocal” food

Tuesday, 12 June 2012 The second of the morning’s lectures was delivered by Professor Elisabetta Moro who is a professor at the Università degli studi di Napoli “L’Orientale” (I had had the pleasure of sitting next to her at our welcome dinner on Sunday evening). Once again, we were in a room with comfortable chairs […]

We arrive in Napoli

We bid farewell to Pollenzo, our home for the past four days. We picked up our lunch sacks and boarded the bus that would take us to the Turin airport. Our flight was uneventful and we landed in Naples ahead of schedule.  We proceeded to baggage claim (and no one’s luggage was left behind, thankfully!) […]

Food and Italian American Identity

What a luxury to sleep late and enjoy a leisurely breakfast before our morning lecture at 10 am. Our speaker was Dr. Simone Cinotto, a professor of history at the Università. The title of his talk was “The Diasporic Cuisine: Food and Italian American Identity.”  He began his talk by mentioning popular culture movies and […]

Sustainable Agriculture and a Visit to an Organic Farm

Peasant Magic

The Thursday afternoon lecture was delivered by Dr. Piercarlo Grimaldi, a dean at the Università and a cultural anthropologist.  The title of his talk was “Peasant Magic” and he told us the story of the discovery of two anthropomorphic stones in the Langhe region of Italy.  Dr. Grimaldi spoke in Italian and his talk was […]

Walking tour of Alba

At the conclusion of the day’s lectures, we had an opportunity to tour the neighboring town of Alba (which we learned later was the home of the Ferrero company which makes Nutella).  We met our tour guide, Giuseppe, who was waiting for us as we got off the bus.  He was young and engaging and […]

Welcome dinner at Osteria “Il Boccon Divino” in Bra, Italy

We met in the lobby at 7:30 pm, somewhat refreshed, then piled into two vans and headed to the center of Bra, about 4 km away (our hotel is located in Pollenzo, which is a small frazione—portion—of the town of Bra). We walked down a long narrow brick road to reach the restaurant, Osteria “Il […]