Floral Flavors: Masters of Social Gastronomy at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Taught by Sarah Lohman and Jonathan Soma

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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. 



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Soma was born in the South, is what someone from the North would say. He co-founded the Brainery, is the sciencey half of Masters of Social Gastronomy, and plans on getting married to Waffle House. In his more droll moments he is a tragic sellout to higher ed as a professor of data journalism at Columbia University's journalism school.

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Join the Masters of Social Gastronomy for a very special after-hours lecture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden!

The same scents that fill our gardens and perk up our perfumes have a long and storied history as part of the human palate!

We'll explore the long tradition of floral foods, including medieval custards scented with jasmine, early ice cream flavored with violet, and American apple pie perfumed with rosewater. Unravel the science behind their unique tastes and find out what exactly makes those flavors blossom.

We'll also examine the secrets of saffron, the world's most expensive spice. A tiny sliver of flower from the Middle East, saffron fetches hundreds of dollars per ounce. We'll examine the labor-intensive harvesting process that contributes to the high prices and the cheap knock-offs that pollute the market, picking apart both old wives tales and scientific claims along the way.

(21+, each ticket also includes access to the Garden and one drink (a cash bar will be available). BBG members should select the "member" ticket option for $12 on the following page. Nonmember price is $15. Please enter at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 990 Washington Avenue entrance.)

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