Christmas in July (Online)
Taught by Sarah Lohman
Sarah Lohman is a culinary historian and the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed book Eight Flavors: The Untold Story of American Cuisine. She focuses on the history of American food as a way to access stories of women, immigrants, and people of color, and to address issues of racism, sexism, and xenophobia. Her work has been featured inTheWall Street Journal andThe New York Times, as well as onAll Things Considered; and she has presented across the country, from the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC to The Culinary Historians of Southern California. She is also 1/2 of the Masters of Social Gastronomy, a monthly food science and history talk at Caveat NYC, with Brainery co-founder Jonathan Soma.
Join food historian Sarah Lohman to learn about the American food traditions of Christmas and New Years. We'll talk about how Christmas was once a rowdy holiday for heathens. We'll learn about the New Amsterdam origins of Christmas foods and the very New York origins of the modern Santa Claus. You'll find out just how many Victorian holiday games and food involved actual fire, and how New Year's Day in NYC was a thinly veiled bar crawl. And of course we'll talk about all the symbolic feasting and sweets from Plum Pudding to New Years Cakes.